Challenges of intensive teaching of Russian to Arctic community members.

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.5 Formal and informal education in Arctic studies and science outreach in the Arctic
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter
Author(s) Victoria Churikova (Novosibirsk State University, Russian Federation)
Abstract text

I have been teaching English to students in Russia for nearly 40 years.Being a linguist I also had an experience of teaching Russian to non-native speakers.However, the recent demands and  new technologies give us the opportunity to do it on a large scale.I started teaching Russian to members of the IASSA community in June 2016. My students are mostly University professors working in the Arctic and particularly with Russia.


Some of them are very advanced in Russian, while others only started from scratch. I will highlight a range of data about their countries, mother tongues, purposes, areas of work and so on. I would like to attract your attention to the fact that they are all hard working and many of them know several languages by the time they began to study Russian.


Later we created a team of younger Russian teachers and volunteers and extended the process. I use my own methods, which are based on my extensive experience, and include a minimum of grammar, a maximum of speaking, and include new technologies as much as possible.We also use very innovative method by famous Russian linguist.In my presentation I will acquaint you with the most effective on-line resources in Russian and also with real people.The number of students is few now and  we would like to increase the number of those who not only study Russian, but  all interested scholars and non-scholars who want to know about our culture and language.

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