SRF Russian classes for adults 2014-15

** For details of Russian and Ukrainian classes run by other organisations please see links at the foot of this page 

** Recent press article on why adults make good language students


  • Our classes have resumed on 13 January.


Enjoy learning Russian in small groups with a professional Russian language tutor. Do not worry if you miss a class – you will get the materials by email. 

Courses 2014-15
Classes will run for 1hr 20mins once a week on a weekday evening.  The Spring Term runs from Tuesday 13 January to Thursday 2 April.
Please contact the course organiser, Natalia Samoilova, for advice on which class would suit you best: tel. 07980004569 or email 

Level 2: Pre-Intermediate. Term 2. Textbook Ruslan 2 (see contents here). 
Tutor: Natalia Samoilova
Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.50pm (term dates).  Edinburgh Central Library.

Level 3. Intermediate. Term 2.Textbook Russkij yazyk: 5 elementov,uroven' B1 (see 
contents and a fragment here)
Tutor: Natalia Samoilova
Wednesdays 6.30 - 7.50pm (term dates).  Tutor's home in Shandon.

Level 5. Advanced. Term 2. Textbook Ruslan 3 (see contents here)
Tutor: Natalia Samoilova
Tuesdays 5.00 - 6.20pm (term dates). Edinburgh Central Library

Some comments from previous years:
"Excellent, patient, thorough, fun", "Excellent, engaging, informed", "Friendly informal style", "Very enjoyable, very well organised", [about the Ruslan textbook] "best of all used before"

All courses - £120 for 12 week term, pro-rata for the shorter Summer Term (see enrolment form for details).
Fees to be paid termly in advance. Cheques payable to Natalia Samoilova please. We will also accept cash payment.

Other Russian classes may be offered depending on demand
Business Russian
Russian for public examinations such as TRKI*
Individual tuition
Russian weekends

*TRKI - download test papers here: Elementary levelBazovii levelSecond level Third levelFourth level 

Course Organiser/Head Tutor: Dr Natalia Samoilova (PhD St Andrews)
Dr Samoilova has considerable experience of teaching Russian at all levels and has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. She is a native speaker.
Tutor:  Irina Safronova (MA Moscow State University, MCIL).  Irina has taught Russian and English in Moscow, Strasbourg and Edinburgh and also worked as an interpreter/ translator for various international governmental and non-governmental organisations

Other benefits
All enrolled students will automatically become full members of SRF - reduced rates for SRF meetings, invitations to members-only events, twice yearly magazine, regular email news bulletins, free use of the SRF lending library and many other benefits.

More information
Contact the SRF:, tel. 0131 560 14860131 560 1486.
Contact Natalia Samoilova:, tel.07980004569.

Other Russian and Ukrainian classes for adults

Please let us know of any classes we have not listed -


Aberdeen University Language Centre
Glasgow University Centre for Open Studies 2014-15
Strathclyde University adult classes
          Kinross Learning Centre (Swansacre, Kinross KY13 8TE): Classes run from mid- September in ten week blocks Tues and Thurs 7-9. Learners of any level welcome. Contact Mhairi Young on email or tel 01337 828338 / 07794 707774 for a chat to discuss your needs.  Mhairi also offers one-to-one, or small group tuition in her home or at that of the student/s.Contact her for a friendly chat to discuss your needs.


The Ukrainian Association offers lessons in Basic Ukrainian & Intermediate Ukrainian at the Ukrainian Club (14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB) on Sundays 1400 - 1530.  Anyone wishing to join is welcome to do so.   Contact for more information