The number of participants in Russian courses in Brussels increases by 30% in one year – society & culture

BRUSSELS, September 25. / TASS /. The number of people attending Russian language courses organized by the Russian Center for Science and Culture (RCSC) in Brussels has increased by 30% in one academic year and now exceeds 200 people, confirming the growing demand for the Russian language in Belgium, director of the center Vera Bunina said in an interview with TASS.

“In the last academic year alone, the number of participants in RCSC Russian courses has increased by 30% and now exceeds 200,” she said.

“Our classes teach basic Russian, classes are held 1-2 times a week. Our advantage is that we have small groups (6-10 people) formed according to language proficiency, which is assessed by entrance tests, “said the director. noted. “In addition, the RCSC has a great specialty, which no other educational center in Belgium has where Russian is taught – we have special themed courses. Last year we had three: Russian Literature, History and Culture Club and Spoken Russian, while this year we will also add two more: Russian for Business and Media and Information Russian, which we call it Evening News.

“Our courses are suitable for adults, which is why we organize our courses for students over 18 years old. However, we regularly welcome children. We recommend that they attend our partner Russian language schools. There is an interest in organizing such courses at RCSC, which is why we are studying the advisability of starting groups for children and adolescents. We already have a lot of cultural programs for children, including a literary reading program called Lit-café, which takes place on Saturdays, ”the manager mentioned.

Besides the literary café, the RCSC has a number of other projects including an art school and master classes where Russian was the language of instruction. “Our film club is also very popular among Belgians. Another project that we are launching this season is a conference center, where lectures will be given on history and culture in English, French and Dutch,” said Bunina. .

In addition, the RCSC has the largest Russian-speaking library in the Benelux, with over 6,000 books and a multitude of video and audio media. Anyone registered to use this library has access to the main resources of the Russian digital library. Anyone can subscribe for a simple price of 5 euros per year, as well as small deposits to bring home books.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb