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Russian Language Week opens in Berlin

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Russian Language Week opens in Berlin


Russian Language Week opens in Berlin today, November 21. All events to be conducted in Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Berlin until November, 25. Organizers of the event aim to attract more interest in Russian language and culture abroad.

The event is conducted by Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Berlin, Berlin Association of Russian Studies' Experts, Applied Economics and Technology Institute with support of Russian Embassy in Germany, Berlin Senate and Russkiy Mir Foundation.

Russian language teaching professionals from the the top Russian universities have came to the German capital to participate in discussions. Hot topics include Russian language teaching methodologies, problems of contemporary Russian language development, teaching Russian as a second language, the ways of support Russians schools abroad.

“Our goals are the same during many years: promoting Russian language, supporting high-level Russian language education in Germany and in the world. Together with Berlin Senate we are looking to reveal major “trigger points” in this area,” said Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilieva in her RIA Novosti interview. Apart of that she has marked that participants from many universities and six publishing houses arrived from 10 Federal States. 20 PhD professors from both countries are going to participate in this major event as well.

Forum is continuously expanding. This time Russian and German specialists will meet their colleagues from Poland and Belarus. Last year scholars from Austria, Slovakia and other countries have participated in Russian Language Week . According to Olga Vasilieva, applications are continuously coming from various countries but the forum can not accept everyone at once.

There's a purely practical side of this event, since local education ministries of Federal States consider the forum as official advanced training courses for teachers of Russian as a a Second language or Second mother tongue. Five days in a row teachers of all calibers to be engaged in all kinds of training, master-classes and practical seminars; they will also visit publishing houses and schools in Berlin.

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