I try to make the lessons maximally practical. Before the students don't have enough knowledge of Russian to go to the doctors, store, to pay the bills, to talk with the police, the literature is a bit beyond the scope for them. I build the lessons to have a bit of everything; theory and practice but also that the language would be something beyond an instrument, something amazing too. We listen to music, read poetry. Yet, my main focus is on the everyday language and functional topics. I understand that a person can come to me five times and each time has a different situation at hand. These people are forced to work a lot to survive. Any minute they can have problems with their documentation, this is why it doesn't make sense to give the students something they won't need. We can get acquainted a bit with verbal practices but after that, it is better to look at the vocabulary needed to go to the doctors' office.