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Around the World: Russian language contest held in Belgium

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Around the World: Russian language contest held in Belgium


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Questions about the Russian language, history and culture of Russia have been asked to participants in the competition for the prizes of the Russian Embassy in Belgium. The competition, which takes place on December 1 at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Brussels, was attended by foreign students of schools and universities of Belgium. Tasks were developed by employees of the best Russian language universities, the Rossotrudnichestvo informs. The best participants will receive a gift of annual subscriptions to the Vokrug sveta (Around the World) educational magazine.

The competition was organized by the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in the Kingdom of Belgium, together with the Moscow Pedagogical State University, the Institute of Philology, the Losev Center for the Russian Language and Culture.

Anyone over the age of fourteen  could take part in the competition. Assignments were divided into three levels of difficulty. At the first and second levels, the contestants had to answer thirty questions on Russian history, culture and literature. The third stage required writing essays. The aim of the competition was that the organizers called popularizing the Russian language and Russian culture among Belgian schoolchildren, raising their level of literacy and expanding their horizons.

Organizations involved in the promotion of the Russian language work closely with educational institutions in Belgium. Russkiy Mir reported that in September a group of first-year students studying Russian at the translation faculty of the Belgian University of Mons visited the Russian Center at the university. The center staff presented the library and film library in Russian.

Last November, the Russian Center of the University of Mons celebrated its tenth anniversary. It was opened in 2008 by the Russian World Foundation and became the first Russian center in Western Europe.

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