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What level of Competence in Russian as a Foreign Language?
hobbitofnyDate: Sunday, 2010-10-24, 9:11 AM | Message # 1
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As you know TRKI (TORFL) is the standard test system used in the Russian Federation. TRKI stands for ‘test po russkomu iazyku kak inostrannomu’ or ‘tests of Russian as a foreign language’ (TORFL). The aim of the testing is to determine Russian language proficiency. What level of Competence in Russian as a Foreign Language is reached using your courses? Elementary level or Basic level (TORFL-0) or Level 1 (TORFL-1) First Certificate Level or even higher?

Here is the link to the Russian Federation's government website with English listings about each level. http://en.russia.edu.ru/russian/levels/

If you do not know using TORFL, I would be interested in the level on the ACTFL Proficiency scale.

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I asked because the book titles use the terms total beginner, beginner, low intermediate, intermediate. My first thought was how do these levels relate to TRKI (TORFL)scale or the level on the ACTFL scale. They reflect some set progression in language profiency.

Do you know how many books are in the series once finished? Or at what point the books covered all basics of Russian grammar?

The series look interesting.

Message edited by hobbitofny - Sunday, 2010-10-24, 9:13 AM
NatashaDate: Sunday, 2010-10-24, 11:29 PM | Message # 2
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Hi hobbitofny,

Yes, I am familiar with TRKI.
TORFL-0 is comparable with TOEFL, which is pretty high level. After passing TORFL-0, a person can study at the Russian University.

I would compare definition of the levels of RSBS books with Berlitz levels : http://www.berlitz.us/Berlitz-Proficiency-Levels/167/.
Even though it is difficult to relate the description of English or Spanish levels to Russian, I would say that TORFL-0 is Berlitz level 5-6. Therefore RSBS 3 (which is not published yet), Intermediate corresponds to TORFL-0.

The most challenging thing, when you start studying Russian is the Case System of nouns. It is completely different way of thinking. The student has to except the fact that Russians connect the words in the sentence by changing their endings and then learn those endings gradually. Our task for the RSBS, Beginner, Level 1 book was to teach the Case System of nouns. So, in RSBS1 all cases are introduced. We did not want to bombard a student with a lot of vocabulary, but rather teach them thinking ‘Russian way’, learn those endings in a meaningful and fun way, step by step.

I had a student, who finished RSBS, L2 and afterwards he went to Siberia on his own. He was able to communicate with people who did not speak a word of English. His Russian is not perfect, but he can express himself and talk on many topics.

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NatashaDate: Sunday, 2010-10-24, 11:33 PM | Message # 3
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Regarding your question about how many books we are planning, so far we can talk about the next level, RSBS, Intermediate, Level 3, which should be released for publishing in spring 2012.
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