Native Russian Daugavpils University students and Russian language enthusiasts help our international students as one-on-one peer communication partners. Many peers are also English speaking.
Peer communication partners are not language teachers. Their primary role is supporting the students’ communication skills development. They can help with some study assignments, e.g. play dialogues, work on pronunciation and vocabulary, correct mistakes when necessary, and etc. In a relaxed and friendly dialogue, international students and peer partners can also discuss in Russian any other topics.
Peer communication sessions give a very valuable experience, since international students can acquire less formal language of young people and understand many contemporary social and cultural features. This greatly helps in preparations for oral proficiency tests like OPI. Knowing some locals is fun as well.
Peer tutoring is optional, though many programs for institutional customers include peer communication sessions as a standard component.
Peer sessions are 1 hour long and usually run 1-3 times a week.