Meeting with Fulbright Scholar
The Institute of Economics and Law hosted a meeting of Fulbright scholar Dan Szetela with the 1st year students.
Under the guidance of the teacher of the Department of Foreign Languages for Humanities of the Institute of Foreign Languages Maria Timoshkina, the students met with Dan Szetela (USA) who is currently working at the Flagship University of Karelia under the Fulbright Program. The students were introduced to social and cultural life in the USA and had an opportunity to ask their questions about this country. The students took particular interest in Dan’s personal experience of living in Russia and asked whether life and studies were different there and what was particularly surprising about Russia. Dan told about his home city and the state of Minnesota, studying at Macalester College, reminded the students about Duluth, the twin-city of Petrozavodsk. The students appreciated the eloquent and explanatory speech, “classic” American accent, and clarity of speech, which is crucial for people studying the language. The use of visual materials, personal photographs taken in the home city, university, during his travels around America, helped the attendants vividly imagine the life in the USA and the state of Minnesota.
The most relatable topic of the meeting was the discussion of music, one of Dan’s passions. Many took interest in his music and asked for particulars of writing and recording music in America. Both students and teachers enjoyed sharing their music preferences.
Learning the English language is impossible without studying the social and cultural life of the country of the studied language. Conversations with a native speaker and getting firsthand information are an amazing opportunity to use the language outside studying as a means of direct communication and cultural exchange. Perhaps, the meeting with Dan Szetela will motivate the students to study English as a language of communication in countries that have their unique history and culture, some of which have become part and parcel of the global world.