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Russian Spring Weekend in Cambridge: 29th-31st March 2019

Friday 29 March, 2019, 13:00 - Sunday 31 March, 2019, 13:00

Following the popularity of the Russian Residential Summer Schools in Cambridge,
we are now launching a Russian Residential Weekend in spring 2019.

Dates: 29-31 March 2019 (from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon).

Target audience: higher intermediate and advanced students of Russian only.

Summary: 12 hours of Russian language tuition in special-interest groups and extra-curricular activities. All sessions will be led by experienced tutors, native speakers of Russian.

Venue: Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (provisionally).

  • Accommodation and meals will be provided.
  • Local students, not requiring accommodation, are also welcome.

Students will be given a wide range of vocabulary, audio or video recordings and texts for listening, reading and translating in each special-interest area. You will practise your newly acquired (or developed!) knowledge and skills through a variety of activities: role-plays, games, debates and team tasks, like acting as an interpreter at a journalist forum or a translator of poems, or a guide in the art museum, or a chef in the Russian cuisine. At the end, you will create your interest-specific project in a small team.

During the weekend, students will be able to join the following special-interest groups and switch between them. (More different groups may be offered, depending on the intake):

1) Cuisine & Leisure.  Relax and chat in Russian about such enjoyable past as sports, cooking, gardening, and even watching TV. A spot of grammar home improvement will give your Russian a nice spring cleaning.

2) Prose & Difficulties of Translation.  Enjoy meeting your favourite characters from Russian classical and  modern literature – Bunin’s, Bulgakov’s, Dovlatov’s or Tolstaya’s –  to answer the eternal Russian questions: Кому на Руси жить хорошо? Кто виноват? and Что делать? Crack the problems professional translators come across, like Пить есть, есть нет. 

3)  Visual Arts.  Revisit famous Russian art collections in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, and share your impressions with others. Explore “The Wanderers” movement, and compare them with Russian Avant-garde and Socialist Realism. Try the role of an auctioneer at the Christie’s Russian sales to identify the best-selling modern Russian painter. Discover the world of folk crafts from Sergiev Posad, Dymkovo and Bogorodskoye.

4) History & Current Affairs.  Discover secrets from the Russia’s past and relate them to her present. Compare current affairs presented by the BBC or The Guardian with their interpretation in the Russian media.  Try the role of a journalist or an interpreter at a political debate, and write your comments on a Russian forum.

5)  Poetry & Creativity.  Discover what makes Russian poetry so powerful and captivating.  Enjoy the beautiful sound, music and imagery of Russian verses from Pushkin to Brodsky.  Listen to the poets’ own voices, and guess who is who. Explore Russian rhymes and discuss different approaches to poetry translation. Have a go at translating  or creating a poem of your own.

6) Drama & Theatre.

You will experience all the above, and much more, at our Cambridge Russian Weekend on 29-31 March 2019.

Please express your initial interest by filling in the following short form:


Whether you can or cannot make it this time, if you wish to receive information about future Russian language courses (for non-native speakers), please follow this link to join our mailing list: 


We shall be in touch shortly with further details.

Cambridge Russian Summer School Team 


Friday 29 March, 2019, 13:00
Sunday 31 March, 2019, 13:00




Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Storey's Way
Cambridge, CB3 0DG United Kingdom
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