Eurasia’s most geographically widespread language is now being offered at Thompson Rivers University.
Beginning this fall, students can enrol in the first level of introductory Russian for those with no or very little experience with the language.
The winter semester offers a second-level Russian language course for those with some experience.
Russian is the also most widely spoken native language in Europe with 144 million claiming it as their mother tongue.
Instructor Susanna Fawkes said her courses are meant to guide students through the “fascinating journey of learning a new language."
"Russian will open new doors,” said Fawkes. "More than 160 nationalities speak Russian, so you’ll be able to communicate with locals while travelling or working not only in Russia, but also in 14 other countries including former Soviet republics.”
The courses focus on communicative skills like speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as the cultural awareness necessary for travelling and doing business in Russian-speaking countries and communities.