Russia is a great destination for those who want to teach English abroad. Schools are run professionally and students are very eager to learn. The Communicative Approach works perfectly here, but there are a few things that ESL teachers should consider when teaching English in Russia.
For several decades, the only ways for people in Russia to study foreign languages were learning grammar and translating monotonous texts. In the late 90s schools began to use the Communicative Approach, which was very unusual and odd for students. Since then, a lot has changed and now this approach is widely practiced as everyone knows its advantages and effectiveness. However, people (especially adults) who start learning English are usually skeptical about “speaking English only” right from the very first lesson. This is based on an old Russian conception about learning: rules come first. That said, ESL teachers must do their best to demonstrate how communicative activities work from day one.