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Announcing New Russian Distance Learning with ISLC!

Due to the recent cancellation of the RLI Abroad Program, plans are now underway to provide new training opportunities to those already working abroad. Coming this September, a new internet-based Virtual Classroom will be available via a cutting edge video conferencing service. The course “Correct Grammar in Conversational Russian” will be our first online offering.

Students doing ISLC’s distance learning will have direct face-to-face instruction via conference call, and we will have the ability to pair participants off for interactive practice of what is learned. The class will be directed and taught by Marc Canner, with our conversation instructors also providing some class time when appropriate.

Structure of the Online Program

The start-up plan is to offer two blocks of instruction per week on Mondays and Thursdays. The program will run for 9 weeks initially beginning September 11, 2017. Though flexible and designed to fit the students’ specific schedules, class time will include a 2 hour block of instruction and practice each day. In consideration of student needs, the course will be offered in 1-month blocks. Students may opt to take either one or both months of the course.  The internet medium allows for students to see each other as well as the instructor during class time.

Coursework will include teacher-led instruction, break out conversational practice followed by more interaction and debriefing with the instructor, and homework assignments such as reading, drills, and assigned language-learning and communicative practice tasks to be fulfilled in the student’s current field of service or community.

Online Program Tuition and Schedule:

Course: Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian

Tuition (per month): $380.00

Dates: September 11 – December 14 (9 weeks)

Meeting Times: Mondays & Thursdays (times to be determined)

If interested in our new online training, please contact us right away so that we can work out a schedule that suits your particular needs. Call us at: (800) 799-7976 for more information. You may also contact Dr. Canner directly at: marc.canner@moody.edu


Our Approach: A Communicative environment emphasizing accuracy

The language learning approach in all ISLC programs and institutes is focused on communication, ensuring that students spend the majority of their time in conversational activities.  Experienced native speakers provide most of the instruction in conversation courses, while Americans proficient in the language provide grammatical instruction designed to promote accurate speech patterns.  Besides courses in conversation and grammar, students also participate in courses such as Learning to Converse; Intro to the Russian Bible (incorporated into Learning to Converse for Level One or Basic students); Bible and Apologetics (Level Two). We also augment the curriculum with additional needs when desired, such as vocabulary for businessmen, among others.

Basic and Intermediate level language courses are available.



The curriculum used at ISLC has several goals:

To provide missionary candidates with a strong foundation in conversational Russian, Chinese, or Arabic, emphasizing communicative skills for life and ministry in discipleship situations.

  • At ISLC we have developed an intensive learning environment where candidates develop strong conversational skills in the areas which are most vital for work and life in their new culture.
  • We also provide the kind of whole-life training, counsel and encouragement to enable individuals to fulfill their calling as effectively as possible.

For each student to attain a minimum proficiency of level 2 in reading and writing and level 2- in speaking and listening comprehension, regardless of a person’s language-learning aptitude (equivalent to government/foreign service guidelines).

  • The Russian Language Institute’s year-round training program held in Spokane, WA is a unique language-learning environment.  The institute’s courses are designed to allow the student to acquire as much proficiency as possible in the shortest possible time.
  • A similar structure is now being developed for our Chinese Language Insitute. We endeavor to provide the student with a caring, encouraging, and challenging language-learning environment, where the most effective language-teaching methodology is utilized.
  • It is our desire and hope to develop a similar year-round institute for Arabic in the near future.

To equip students with knowledge of the historical and cultural forces which have shaped the peoples of these regions.

  • ISLC seeks to address the critical need for missionaries to acquire a keen understanding of these cultures’ worldviews.  We therefore offer additional courses and seminars covering the history, cultural formation, religions and other essential aspects of the cultures of China, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.  Topics of study also include the critical issues and difficulties associated with church-planting and discipleship within such contexts, while a close partnership with Columbia International University affords students with additional options for training related to Islam, intercultural studies, TEFL, and a large array of other vital areas of study.

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Instructors and Texts

Instructors include Americans who are proficient in the language as well as native-speaking instructors. It is our goal that all instructors at ISLC hold to the highest standards of classroom instruction, teaching methodology, and personal integrity.

The primary texts include the following:

Russian: Golosa textbook series; Russian for Believers by Marc T. Canner, and the Russian Bible, Synod translation.

Chinese: Integrated Chinese, levels I & II, by Tao Chung Yao and Liu Yehua; The Chinese Bible.

A variety of culture and history-related titles are used for our culture seminars, including books covering religion, cultural history, cross-cultural adaptation, etc.  The titles we recommend are helpful for equipping  students with the skills and understanding to disciple new believers within the target culture.

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Intensive Russian Program Description (Arabic and Chinese Intensive Programs are similar)

ISLC’s intensive Russian program is designed with the specific needs of the individual in mind.

The intensive program now includes initial testing to determine each student’s language-learning aptitude profile (defined as an assessment of one’s natural  ability to learn a language such as Russian).  When class sizes permit, students of similar aptitude are grouped together for certain classes to enable each person to develop at a pace more consistent with their natural ability.  No matter the level of a student, special tutoring is often available along with in-class work to promote effective learning.

For each incoming beginning student it is recommended to take the full 32-week Fall and Spring course. A student who already possesses the appropriate language proficiency may begin study in the Spring semester. Fall and Spring courses are 16-weeks each in duration. The Summer course, when available, is a 3-week intensive held overseas. This 3-week study abroad may be combined with a Spring semester for more intermediate-level students who enter the 32-week program in January. If a student qualifies in terms of proficiency, any of these semester or summer courses may be taken independently.

The result of this system is effective and speedy language acquisition regardless of one’s personal aptitude profile.  Once enrolled, students are provided with a communicative environment in which strong conversation skills are emphasized in Learning-to-Converse and Conversation classes, in addition to grammatical instruction designed to enable the student to acquire accurate speech patterns as quickly and effectively as possible.  Areas covered by the program include vocabulary, expressions and communicative tasks related to life and ministry to promote fluency, grammatical accuracy in use of vocabulary and sentence patterns, and phonetics for good pronunciation.

Fall, 2017 Program Dates

August 28 – December 14, 2017 *

Enrollment deadline is August 4, 2017 (Requests for special arrangements related to the deadline are considered)

*Dates and tuition are subject to change

Cost Per Semester

I $3350.00 *

Enrollment deposit $100.00.  The enrollment deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to tuition.

Spring, 2018 Program Dates

January 29 – May 10, 2018 *

Enrollment deadline is January 11, 2017 (Requests for special arrangements related to the deadline are considered)

*Dates and tuition are subject to change

Cost Per Semester

I $3350.00 *

Enrollment deposit $100.00.  The enrollment deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to tuition.

Note: For those wishing to receive undergraduate credit for part of a Fall or Spring course, accreditation has been established through Moody Bible Institute. Tuition would be adjusted for credit and paid directly to the university. Participants may apply relatively easily as non-degree students. Please call us for more details at (800) 799-7976.

The enrollment deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to tuition. Tuition is due the first day of class. Payment may be made by check or money order. Payment plans are available and may be arranged prior to enrollment. Please contact ISLC/Russian Language Institute for more information. 100% of the tuition is refundable less the enrollment deposit and the cost of materials until the second week of classes – 50% of the tuition is refundable until the end of the fourth week of classes. Tuition is non-refundable following the fourth week.

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Summer Institutes ISLC Dates for 2018: Coming soon!

Plans are in the works for two Intensive Summer Institutes. We plan to conduct Arabic and Chinese Institutes in Spokane during the Summer, 2018.  Two course levels are planned, Beginning and Intermediate, which is an excellent option for further study for those who have completed previous training and have acquired the necessary proficiency. Intermediate students are completely immersed in the language.  Academic credit for our Summer Institutes is available through Moody Bible Institute, including up to six hours of undergraduate credit for the program.  Summer Tuition: $2100 (non-credit). Tuition amount for full academic credit for the summer institute in 2018 will be coming soon!

Housing options:   Contact ISLC for current housing opportunities at (803) 414-4665 or (800)799-7976
* Dates and tuition are subject to change. Please contact us for up-to-date schedules and pricing
Enrollment deposit $100.00. The enrollment deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to tuition.


RLI Abroad in Kiev: (Unfortunately, due to unexpected health and logistics issues we have been forced to cancel the RLI Abroad program for 2017)

In partnership with a local Kiev Christian Education Center, our bi-annual Russian Language Institute Abroad is held in Kiev, Ukraine during the Summer. This program is designed for the student who already has a high novice, intermediate or lower advanced proficiency in Russian, and would like to take that proficiency to the next level.

Two intensive courses are typically offered for the 3-week program:  Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian, which enables participants to overcome common grammatical problems in speech and take their spoken proficiency to a more native-like and culturally-appropriate level; and Biblical Russian for Discipleship, a course that is designed to equip the student with the vocabulary and skills to discuss key aspects of the gospel and apologetics issues in Russian.

Study Abroad Schedule:

Classes meet about 4 hrs. each day, four days per week (both courses together). Classes will run from 8:30 am till 1:00 pm each day, with a teacher-student lunch following our last class. Each course will meet for 2 hours per day with appropriate breaks. Fridays will be devoted to morning forays and tours around Kiev, with afternoons devoted to study.

For students traveling abroad from the States (and those in-country who would like to join us), an additional four days will afford an opportunity to explore Ukrainian culture, history and current ministry opportunities during a tour of Western Ukraine.

Who can Apply?

Students who have studied intensively at RLI during the previous cycle, or who already have the appropriate level of proficiency for this course are welcome to apply. We also serve those who are already living and working in Russian-speaking countries.  To enroll, please first contact us at 803-414-4665 or by email at: ISLCoffice@strategiclanguages.org.

Please call ISLC at (800) 799-7976 for more information.

Summer RLI Abroad Tuition: $500.00 for the grammar course, $500.00 for the Bible course, or $900.00 for both courses taken together

Room & Board: TBA

* Dates subject to change due to scheduling needs

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History and Culture Studies

In addition to the language curriculum, all students participate in classes and seminars devoted to the historical and cultural development of modern Russia and other Russian-speaking countries. Vital aspects of Russian culture and history are explored through interesting seminars and special lectures. Students also prepare a regional field study for the specific region they are called to. Included is a survey of Russian history from the origins of Slavic peoples to the present age, various culture topics including orthodoxy, Marxist atheism,  Russian literature, the Arts, cross-cultural apologetics, and many others. Students are given opportunities to make acquaintances and explore contacts with Russian students, émigrés and businessmen living in the Spokane area.

Students also learn to pray in Russian, and gather together every two weeks to learn Russian praise and worship songs or watch a Russian film.

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Intensive Program Class Schedules

ISLC’s year-long intensives in Spokane, WA provide the student with four consecutive days of intensive training per week: Classes meet Monday through Thursday usually between about 8:30 am and 2:05 pm. Fridays are typically used by students to do some of the course work for the following week, while some students also meet with conversation partners. Every two weeks on Thursdays we have Russian Movie Night.  Students attend classes about 17 hours per week, with an additional 3 hours per week spent practicing course topics with a Russian conversation partner, which is one of the course requirements. A lunch break typically occurs prior to afternoon classes.

One of the key classes is Elementary Russian, which introduces the student to main grammatical aspects of the language with much time spent practicing accurate speech patterns. During the Conversational Russian class, students learn how to converse and also receive training in phonetics for proper pronunciation. Topical Russian is the third main aspect of the language curriculum. In this class a native instructor leads students through the main topics of the Golosa textbook, providing opportunities to practice conversation in teacher-guided and small group activities.

The program is rounded off with Russian Civilization, which is offered two days per week. This course is devoted to an interpretive study of the Russian people, their history, culture and worldview. Key topics in Russian history and culture are covered, with the goal of enabling students to grasp and apply effective cross-cultural principles for future ministry. Students also learn how to pray in Russian.

Students are also required to attend a Russian-speaking church service at least once a month. Additional practice opportunities abound, and students may elect to attend a Russian Bible study or other Russian-speaking group through one of the many Russian Evangelical churches in town. Opportunities for interaction in Russian abound in the Spokane area, with over 40,000 Russian speakers, Russian and Ukrainian stores and over 20 Russian-speaking churches.

A one-week break is provided midterm during the Fall and Spring semesters, while a six-week break occurs between Fall and Spring semesters. Those who already possess the appropriate level of proficiency may begin the program in the Spring (Novice-High level Russian) and may plan to continue in the Study Abroad, when available. In such cases a two-week Field study may be assigned between the spring and Summer.

Academic credit is available through Moody Bible Institute for several of our first year courses, including Chinese and Arabic.  Students may receive up to 9 undergraduate credit hours for each semester of an intensive program, covering most components of each 16-week semester course.

Intensive Study Abroad Class Schedule

During the Summer Abroad Program classes typically meet about five hours per day, M-F (a slightly more intensive experience), with a lunch break provided before afternoon classes. Classes will meet for a total of about 5 hours per day (including a half-hour lunch break), from 8:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. This time is followed by lab work on listening and speaking. with some afternoon excursions included to afford students opportunities to practice their speaking skills through specific communicative assignments.

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*Dates and tuition are subject to change

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