Where do young people in the Soviet Union learn foreign languages?

Grigori Reznichenko ::: Young people in the USSR. Answers to questions

Both in school and at college, because a foreign language is a compulsory subject in both. We also have special "language" schools where the teaching is in a foreign language. In the colleges, too, the amount of hours spent on a foreign language differs. Technical colleges, naturally, allot less time for foreign language study than colleges training philo­logists or historians. More than 100 of the teachers' colleges in the USSR have foreign language depart­ments, and there are 12 special foreign language institutes.

Since a secondary education has now become uni­versal and compulsory, everyone not only can but must learn a foreign language. If a pupil does not pass his foreign language course he is not awarded a secondary school certificate.

For those who want to know a foreign language better there is a network of classes they can attend in their free time. Some are free of charge, while others charge a moderate fee (36 roubles for six months). Such classes are held two or three times a week. In addition many factories, offices and edu­cational establishments have special groups where young people can learn a foreign language, or study the literature, history, geography and economics of foreign countries.