Test of Russian as Foreign Language in Belgium

May 23, 2019 is a key day for the Russian language in Belgium, for those who study Russian.

For the first time, the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Brussels is being tested in Russian as a foreign language (TRFL).

TRKI - the most famous test to determine the level of proficiency in Russian and TOEFL-equivalent in English. The exam is held in the form of multiple-choice questions and consists of five components: reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar / structure.

In the Russian Center, the TRCI exam is held in conjunction with the State Institute of the Russian Language. A.S. Pushkin and complies with the European standard language learning (European system of foreign language levels CEFR), which is recognized throughout Europe and Russia. Students are offered the opportunity to be tested at one of 6 certification levels from A1 elementary level to C2 progressive level. Language proficiency is the degree of practical communication that allows foreigners to communicate in Russian with the necessary skills.

Interest in learning Russian has increased among young professionals in Belgium who view it as a competitive advantage. “If earlier in Russian they spoke more in Eastern Europe, now the Russian language has gone further, has gone to the West,” noted Marina Polevik, an examiner at the State Institute of the Russian Language. A.S. Pushkin.

Exam participants come from different cities of Belgium, in addition to Brussels, there are representatives from Ghent, Antwerp, Liège, and even from France, the portrait of candidates is very multiethnic and diverse - these are, of course, people who simply like to learn Russian, for the love of Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, to read works in the original language, but also comes a large number of young professionals who need Russians as a competitive advantage to expand their professional use.

A number of participants take exams after attending Russian language courses in Brussels. “Russian language courses have existed in Brussels for more than 20 years, they are held mainly in the format of studying the so-called“ fundamental ”Russian, which is necessary for communication. But over the last year we announced a set of thematic special courses of the Russian language, which is necessary for communication, say, in the business sphere, for professional communication, for studying Russian culture and literature. These special courses were recruited from the first time, that is, it was clear that people are happy to go for a more in-depth study of the language, ”said Vera Bunin, Head of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo, at the“ Total Dictation ”action.

“Previously, the TRKI certificate was not issued to Russian as a foreign language in Belgium. We hope that the fact that our center starts issuing such certificates will further attract people to learn the Russian language, as this will give an opportunity to receive an internationally recognized diploma, ”Bunin said. “In order to successfully pass the exam, everyone must score at least 66% of each part of the exam. We hope that everyone will manage to cope with this task, ”noted Polevik.