Agreement on Educational Project in Teacher Education
Representatives of the Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology, Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agriculture Technologies visited a Russian-Finnish school in the Eastern Finland to reinvigorate professional communication.
The school is unique as it has branches in three cities of the province: Lappeenranta, Imatra, and Joensuu; the language of instruction is Finnish, but all pupils study the Russian language as a foreign or native language starting from the 1st grade. The education is free of charge. Upon graduation, the children receive the certificate of nine-year education that allows enrolling in a gymnasium or technical school.
This school systematizes and develops subject teaching in the Russian language in elementary school – CLIL. Immigrant children can receive help in the Russian language, as the school has a well-developed system of teacher assistants. The school also has classes of Finnish as a foreign language. Bilingual children can study both Russian and Finnish as native languages.
At the meeting, at the initiative and guidance of the Director of the Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology Rimma Ermolenko the colleagues held a project seminar at which they discussed issues relevant for the two educational systems, benchmarks of professional collaboration.
The result of the seminar is the agreement on the implementation of international projects for both students and teachers. Those present took particular interest in the report of Svetlana Loginova, a teacher of the RFS, about the education process in the schools, teaching methods, instructional training of teachers, their professional communication. According to international studies, Finnish schoolchildren show very high academic results.
“PetrSU teachers were taken on an engaging and informative tour around the school during which they saw classrooms, canteen, carpenter’s shop, domestic subjects’ room, and library. The guests were particularly impressed by the fact that the pupils decorate the school to their own taste by themselves, as well as by the cozy nooks for reading or conversing. We hope that this visit will become a start of long-term fruitful cooperation,” shared the teachers of the Institutes upon their return.