Between June 27 nad July 8, 2016, Věra Ševeleva and Michael Šimon attended an educational and methodological course focusing on teaching Russian in Riga, Latvia. They dealt mainly with speaking tasks based on reading texts. The seminar work included interpretation and comprehension of reading materials. The participants were also involved in listening comprehension by means of on-line news materials related to current social and cultural themes. In the afternoon part of the course, Věra and Michael were familiarized with different types of teaching activities and acquired new information of textbooks and Internet resources. They found the language games, competitions and pictures stimulating speech very inspiring and acknowledged the professional and helpful attitude of all the tutors.