The course is designed for students who have learnt Russian before for about half a year. Students who would like to join the class are expected to be confident in such basics as alphabet, Russian handwriting, main phonetic rules including intonational constructions.

Students are also expected to be familiar with (but not necessarily have a solid knowledge of gender/plural of nouns; personal, possessive and demonstrative pronouns; construction 'У меняесть…’; conjugation of verbs (1st and 2nd groups); form of verbs in past and future tenses.