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Electronic Journal of e-Learning Vol. 19 №1 (2021)
Urgent Transition to Group Online Foreign Language Instruction: Problems and Solutions
April 21st, 2021
An article "Urgent Transition to Group Online Foreign Language Instruction: Problems and Solutions" was published in the Electronic Journal of E-Learning (EJEL) Vol. 19 No. 1 by the teachers of the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language and Methods of Its Teaching at SPbU, the professor Moskovkin, L.V., assistant professor Kolesova, D.V., and professor Popova, T.I.
The purpose of this work is to study how teachers and students react to the urgent large-scale transition to online education. The research was done via surveys conducted at the Center for Additional Educational Programs in the field of Russian as a Foreign Language at St. Petersburg State University.
A new program "Winter School of Russian as a Foreign Language" is successfully launched
February 18 th, 2021
The students of the University of Tokyo became the first Winter School trainees. In this academic year the program is conducted online. However, despite the distance, the students became involved in the learning process at once and dug into the atmosphere of the Russian winter. Classes and virtual excursions are held totally in Russian, and the trainees have the opportunity to try their hand and get a special experience of communication. The group curator, Professor of the University of Tokyo Ekaterina Gutova shared her impressions with us.
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Applications by international students are starting at St Petersburg University
February 8 th, 2021
On 8 February 2021, St Petersburg University will start the admission process for international applicants. The deadline for those who are considering applying to the University for a government-funded place is 18:00 Moscow time on 21 May 2021. For those who are applying for a fee-paying place the deadline is 18:00 Moscow time on 25 June 2021.
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The interview "How SPbU helps foreigners to acquire the Russian language" is published on the SPbU website
We were told by Olga Popova, the director of the Center of Additional Educational Programs in the Field of Russian as a Foreign Language of SPbU, how it is developing to meet the needs of our age and help people to acquire one of the most difficult world languages.
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The Center of Additional Educational Programs in the Field of RFL conducted the methodological seminar
December 10 th, 2020
The Center of Additional Educational Programs in the Field of Russian as a foreign language conducted the methodological seminar, in which the course teachers of RFL took part. The seminar has been held for several years under the guidance of O.V. Antsiferova, the Candidate of Philological Sciences. It is an ongoing research and practice seminar in the field of practical methods of teaching RFL.
At the methodological seminar the following questions were discussed:
· The intermediate test of the module A1.1: commentaries, remarks, proposals. A brief review of the test and its areas of concern.
· "A noun in the context of RFL". T.N. Kolosova gave a report on this linguistic and methodological topic.
· Questionnaire of trainees.
SPbU got in the top 100 world’s universities
SPbU got in the top 100 world’s universities in the Round University Ranking (RUR) in the field of humanities and was ranked 91st in the world, having moved from the Golden League to the Diamond League.
One of the most essential components of the final evaluation of a higher education institution in the ranking is the university internationalization level. With increasing frequency foreign students are choosing the educational programs of SPbU, related specifically to humanities and social sciences. Foreigners’ interest for the Russian language, history, and culture is very high. Besides, St. Petersburg State University pays special attention to teaching Russian as a foreign language (RFL): thanks to the work of the Language Testing Center last summer, SPbU organized the largest test in RFL in Europe, while today high school seniors from six countries have the opportunity to study the Russian history, literature, and geography as part of the "Online School" project of SPbU.
The new educational program "Winter School of Russian as a Foreign Language" is launched
In this academic year the program "Winter School of Russian as a Foreign Language" will be conducted online, with the use of information and communications technologies. We are inviting those foreigners who want to not only study Russian, but also learn where Father Frost lives and who Snegurochka is, tell fortunes at Christmas night, get acquainted with the most beautiful places of the Russian North, solve riddles, and sing merry songs about the Russian winter!
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