Innovative Country Studies Through Language Contest “Digital Alphabet”
PetrSU, the Flagship University of the region, hosted country studies through language contest “Digital Alphabet” for students of educational organizations.
The Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU held the contest “Digital Alphabet” for students of educational organizations who study the German language as the first or second foreign language. The contest was held on the premises of the Resource Center of the Goethe-Institut. Currently, the Resource Center is one of the units of the Pedagogic Innovation Park that opened last week.
The organizers of the contest are the Department of the German and French Languages of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU and the Goethe-Insistut of Saint Petersburg. Traditionally the contest had two nominations: middle (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-11).
The best teams and individual participants from Gymnasium No.30, Lyceum No. 40, Lomonosov Gymnasium, School No. 3 presented the audience and the jury their creative works on the topic “Life of Young in Russia and Germany”. Having chosen one letter of the alphabet the schoolchildren made videos and presentations about a fact of life of young people in the two countries that starts with this letter. Competent jury consisting of the teachers of the Department of the German and French Languages of the IFL of PetrSU (the Director of the IFL Inna Kreneva, Head of the Department Irina Kotiurova, and the teachers Ekaterina Yakovleva and Elena Petrova) and a representative of the Goethe-Institut Bakhrom Sultanhodzhaev assessed the projects against such criteria as content and credibility, creativity and novelty in presentation, as well as expression and persuasiveness during the report. The schoolchildren who dared to present their project in the German language could win additional 5 points if their pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar were correct.
Within the contest, the students covered various areas of youth living in our country and Germany: everyday life, sports, ecology issues, traveling.
The jury and guests deemed it noteworthy that several students who study German as the second foreign language demonstrated a similar level of proficiency as the students who had studied German from the second grade. In all fairness this time all the participants have decided to present their project in a foreign language.
The head of the jury, coordinator of educational projects of the Goethe-Institut in Saint Petersburg Bakhrom Sultanhodzhaev awarded letters of gratitude to the teachers who prepared the teams for the contest, as well as the teachers of the Department of the German and French Languages of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU who organized and judged the contest. At the end of the event the student participating in the contest expressed their gratitude and hope that the IFL would continue organizing events that provide schoolchildren of the city and the Republic opportunities to tap their creative potential, take part in projects in linguistic and cultural studies, and learn about culture and modern life in Germany, as well as practice the German language.
The Deputy Head of the jury, the Director of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU Inna Kreneva drew everyone’s attention to the fact that the teachers of the Institute will continue to offer local communities diverse events that will promote language, speaking, and sociocultural competencies, as well as perceive the practical value of a foreign language, which corresponds to the Strategy for Innovative Development of the Russian Federation until 2020 and development of competencies that satisfy the requirements of the 21st century.
Traditionally, all the participants of the contest were awarded certificates, while the runner-ups and the winners received memorable gifts from the Goethe-Institut in Saint Petersburg.