On November 22, the Russian Language Week event has started at the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin. The event includes lectures, visits to partner educational organizations, classes, presentations of textbooks, film screenings, etc.
The event is organizaed by the Office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, HTW Berlin, Association of Teachers of Russian Language in Berlin and the Russkiy Mir Foudnation.
The opening speech was delivered by Dmitry Guzhelya, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo, who also talked about a system to support Russian schools and education in Russian.
The official part took place at the Russian Embassy in Germany. The participants were greeted by Ambassador Vladimir Grinin. The Ambassador expressed his hope that this event will become a platform for fruitfull work and will help to solve different issues of didactics. Moreover, the Embassy hosted an award ceremony for the German Russianists who promote Russian language and Russian education in Germany.
Among participants of the Russian Language Week are teachers, Russian language specialists from Russia and Germany, representatives of Berlin authorities, and representatives of educational institutions from both countries. Experts discuss state of the Russian language within the Russian diaspora in Germany, special features of teaching Russian in German school, methods and concepts for bi-lingual education and teaching Russian as a foreign language, means of motivation for students and other practical issues. The participants will learn about key processes and trends in developing Russian educational system and modern Russian culture, requirements for final exams at Russian schools and Russian language academic competitions knows as Olympiads. There will be presentations of new textbooks and study guides for the Russian language by Russian and German publishing companies.
During one of the days, participants will visit German educational institutions (from kinder gardens to universities) to see Russian language classes.