PetrSU Held the Day of the German Language
The Day featured two events: educational seminar in the German language for school teachers of Petrozavodsk and the innovative country studies through language contest “Digital Alphabet” for PetrSU students.
The seminar “Interactive teaching of the German language” convened teachers from Petrozavodsk and the 4th and the 5th year students of the Institute of Foreign Languages studying on the program “Teacher Education. German Language and English Language”. They learned what methods can be used to encourage students and improve their involvement in the class, how to organize the study process so that all pupils will be engaged in the learning process. Expert of the Goeth-Institut Lidiya Kolonitskaya showed how to correctly apply such interactive methods as “Merry-go-round Dialogue” and “Autograph Hunting”. This practice turned out to be beneficial to both experienced teachers and the 5th year students who have had two teaching practices, as well as the 4th year students who are yet preparing for their teaching practice.
The “Digital Alphabet” held on the same day was equally significant. Traditionally it has two nominations: presentation in the Russian language and presentation in the German language. This year the topic of the contests was “Tubingen: unknown about known” and celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the signing of Agreement on Cooperation between the twin-cities of Petrozavodsk and Tubingen.
Students chose a letter of the alphabet and prepared presentations: videos, theatrical performances, presentations about a historical fact or modern life of Tubingen. The jury consisted of the teachers of the Department of the German and French Languages of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU (Director of the IFL Inna Kreneva, Head of the Department Irina Kotiurova, Associate Professor of the Department Natalia Tokko, and senior teachers of the Department Ekaterina Yakovleva and Elena Petrova) and representative of the Goethe-Institut Bakhrom Sultanhodzhaev. They assessed the projects against such criteria as content and scientific credibility, presentation and persuasion. The students who presented their projects in the German language had an opportunity to score up to 5 points for correct phonetic, lexical and grammatical presentation.
In their projects the students covered various aspects of the twin-city: renowned university and student life, architecture and music scene of the city, celebrated Swabian poets, and city holidays. This year the teams consisted of the 1st to the 5th year students who study the German language as the first or the second foreign language.
The chairman of the jury, project coordinator of the Goethe-Institut in Saint Petersburg Bakhrom Sultanhodzhaev awarded the winners in the two nominations prizes from the Goethe-Institut and gave the teachers of the Institute of Foreign Languages who organized and judged the contest letters of gratitude for the contribution to support and promotion of the German language and culture in the region.
The Director of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU Inna Kreneva said that the team of the Institute of Foreign Languages will further focus on the arrangement of events for local communities to demonstrate the role of a foreign language as a tool for intercultural communication and immediate acquaintance with the achievements of the foreign culture, science and technology, which conforms with the Strategy for Innovative Development of the Russian Federation until 2020 and the development of skills needed in the 21st century.