• advanced language learners;
  • course design;
  • genre;
  • heritage learners;
  • register;
  • Russian

Abstract: This article explores the possibility of combining in the same course heritage learners who are borderline or seminative speakers with advanced language learners of Russian. After providing typology of advanced language learners in Russian and establishing that register and genre can be the focal point of such a course, the article discusses the course design in terms of material selection in registers beyond the colloquial. Drawing on the systemic-functional approach, suggestions on teaching and learning strategies and on predominant modes of communication are offered. The article concludes that register and genre-based courses are beneficial for both heritage and advanced language learners in their use of Russian beyond the colloquial register.