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Culture and Language Workshops for Educational Organisations

If you are an educational organisation preparing to establish links in Russia, the CIS, the Baltics or Central Asia, our highly acclaimed language and culture workshops are just what you need! These form an essential part of your due diligence, giving you the competitive advantage in these exciting markets, which have a real appetite and respect for Western education. If you are already working in these markets, the workshops may be invaluable in taking you to the next level.

Whether you are a school, college, university or other educational organisation, your efforts will always be more successful with some cultural preparation. This applies whether you are looking to create educational links, form partnerships, recruit students, relocate staff, or deliver learning by the distance, face-to-face or blended route.

Whichever country you are exploring, if Russian is spoken there, mastering a little basic language remains critical to your success in building excellent relationships. Of course, if you don’t need the language element, you can opt to concentrate on the general culture or the educational culture. These are quite diverse across the region, and the cultural training will be prepared and delivered especially for your target market and for your educational sector.

All our training is interactive and fun, but solidly content-based. Your programme can be designed to meet your exact needs. It may cover one or more days and can include a range of elements from the following:


In a one-day workshop you will learn to say and recognise around 20 or more phrases, including some essential ice-breakers for getting to know people, and you will learn numbers, times, days of the week, and phrases for telephone conversations and social interaction.

You will also learn to read the whole of the Russian alphabet by a pain-free memorable method. This is just what you need to find your way around and read people’s names.

If this sounds ambitious, don’t worry! Having taught Russian for over 20 years in schools, universities, SMEs and corporate organisations, and having published three beginners’ Russian language-learning courses, I know how to help you achieve this in a painless and enjoyable way. You will find these workshops lively, practical and interactive with excellent results.

Language tuition can be ongoing, as required.

General culture and background

In this part of the workshop we will explore what it is that creates cultural values. You will understand more about your target culture in terms of the geography and climate, social and political history, demographics, culture, belief systems, education system and family influence.

You will examine established cultural theory about communication, time and relationships, translating this into practical applications about your personal presentation skills, body language, communication, etiquette, expectations about negotiating and giving formal presentations.

Together we will explore attitudes to the law, truth, leadership and management, work habits, motivation, ethics, bureaucracy, corruption, ongoing communication preferences, socialising, hospitality, transport, daily life and dealing with culture shock.

In short, you will be equipped to build and maintain good relationships based on a sound understanding of the target culture.

Educational culture

This element of the workshop can be designed to cover a range of aspects of your target education system, including:

Educational context

  • Educational system from kindergarten onwards
  • Academic standards
  • Pedagogical norms
  • Role of the family
  • Assessment methods
  • Language issues
  • Staff relations
  • Management hierarchy
  • Decision making
  • Administration
  • Time, terms, working hours, timetables, holidays
  • Accreditation and certification
  • Progression routes
  • Vocational and academic options
  • Relationship of qualifications to employment and earnings
  • Bureaucracy and corruption

The learner journey

  • Learner motivation and expectations
  • Written and verbal skills
  • Independent critical thinking
  • Collaborative learning
  • Plagiarism issues
  • Learner support
  • Use of media and IT
  • Innovations in learning
  • Learner expectations of teaching staff

Strategies for success in international educational collaboration

  • Expectations of academics, teachers, lecturers, learners and administrators about international collaboration
  • Attitudes to Western style of education
  • Barriers, challenges and how to overcome them
  • Establishing effective communication methods
  • Managing ongoing communication
  • Managing professional boundaries
  • Managing projects, constraints of time, quality, budget
  • Troubleshooting

For more information or to discuss your programme needs, contact us.

Of course, after benefiting from one of our effective workshops, you may want to use our services for other things like more language training, accompanied visits to your target market, including research and preparation, or translation and marketing support.