At Language Link we do our best to provide high standard programmes ensuring that our Work-Study participants make good progress with their Russian and gain useful skills through teaching English as a Foreign Language. However, rather than just take our word for it here is what some of our more recent Work-Studies had to say about the Programme:
Adam Hayes (from America); Work-Study A in Moscow, September 2007 - June 2008
For anyone out there who is trying to decide whether or not going to Russia is a bad idea, stop. It's Russia; it will always feel like a bad idea at first. However, having been through the Language Link program, I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I've made. Although, it can be incredibly difficult at times to work and study, the rewards far outweigh the stress. Russians are so welcoming that you become fully immersed in their culture in all of your Russian classes, as well as the English classes that you teach, from day one. Furthermore, the support that is offered by Language Link is far better than I expected. One cannot get around the fact that Russia is a very unique and (at times) frustrating place, but sometime after you've lost your mind you'll end up finding yourself.
Esme Farrington (from England) – Work-Study A in Moscow, January – May 2007
What a fantastic and rewarding experience! I'm in love with Moscow, can't wait to come back and that is largely down to the friends I have met (both English speaking and Russian) and the experiences I have had. Living in a home-stay made it all so much better and I would recommend the Work-Study programme to anyone who wanted to see different sides of live in Russia. It is a challenge but I got so much out of it.
Jordana Farlow (from Australia) – Work-Study A in Moscow, January – March 2006
From my first enquiry about Language Link (about a year ago) to my departure plans, the administration for Work-Study has been extremely helpful, understanding and flexible. You have made my stay in Moscow hassle- and stress-free. Learning another language is very new to me and although I have found it very challenging I feel motivated to continue my studies. Nina is a wonderful Russian teacher and I always felt safe and comfortable in her classroom. I always felt like I was supported and encouraged by the EFL Department, and the Senior Teacher Trainer, Jennifer Wendt, was always ready and willing to help me with any grammar questions (many!) and ideas for my classes. Work-Study at Language Link was great – a completely new experience that turned out to be wonderful and probably life changing. Thank you!
Tulip Chicoine-Piper (from the UK) - Work-Study A in Moscow, August 2005 - January 2006
Having the chance to learn Russian with native speakers was a rare and wonderful opportunity for me, especially as I was also surrounded by the culture every day. There has never been a more rewarding experience than immediately being able to put into practice everything I learned in class for the day (even if I did not always have the time to dedicate myself entirely to it due to long English teaching hours). The teaching style of both my Russian teachers was excellent. A combination of hard work and fun made for a great learning atmosphere. Elena obviously cares about the progress of each individual student and Alexei always wants the best from you (which is also my personal philosophy). In terms of my EFL teaching, support was always available from the Training Department and very useful, including the training seminars. The admin staff in the Russian Department were also helpful, friendly and sympathetic - just fantastic people. Thanks!
Fiona Cooke (from the UK) - Work-Study A in Moscow, August 2005 - January 2006
I really enjoyed both aspects of this programme. Training from the ELT Department was great, and everyone was always willing to offer help, ideas and general advice at any time. In the Russian Department, Lena was fantastic, lessons were fun and with a great atmosphere, lots of talking and an emphasis on accuracy through fluency rather than lots of grammar. Points have to go to Marina for being one of the few people able to make me understand Russian grammar! Thank you to them both. The administrative staff in the Russian Department were also always friendly and helpful. This is a well-run programme - tough, but also fantastic and fun!
Sarah Hardin (from the USA) - Work-Study A in St Petersburg, August - December 2005
I have enjoyed the people I have met at LL, and I have enjoyed the programme and truly learned a lot from it. Thank you for the opportunity to build and exercise some teaching skills and learn from a truly professional Russian teacher. Best of everything to all the LL staff!