PetrSU Employees at the Total Dictation Conference in Moscow
The Head of the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language Andrey Kotov and the Associate Professor of the Department Olga Semenova took part in the 8th international conference of the Total Dictation “Dynamic Processes in the Modern Russian Language”. For the first time instead of Novosibirsk, the birthplace of the Total Dictation, the conference was held in Moscow at the premises of the National University of Science and Technology MISIS from January 30 till February 2.
Among the participants of the event were organizers and chairpersons of the topical committees of the Total Dictation and TruD test from more than one hundred cities of Russia. The program included various workshops, roundtable discussions, case and foresight sessions. The participants also met contemporary renowned Russian writers, authors of the texts of the Total Dictation, Pavel Basinsky, Guzel Yakhina, Leonid Yusefovich, Andrey Gelasimov. This year the Total Dictation will be dedicated to the inventor Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and space; the text was written by Andrey Gelasimov.
The scientific program of the conference included two sections: Codification of the Standards of the Russian Language, and the Russian Language and Culture in Foreign-language class (RFL), at which Andrey Kotov and Olga Semenova presented their reports on various aspects of teaching Russian as a foreign language at a university. The RFL section continued for two days. Altogether it featured 28 reports of RFL specialists from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Smolensk, Tula, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Barnaul, Cheboksary, Kaluga, Nizhny Novgorod, as well as foreign colleagues from France, Spain, Poland, Kazakhstan, Germany, and Costa Rica.
The participants discussed digitalization, the introduction of new innovative educational technologies, interactive methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language, teaching and promoting the Russian language in the world. The section stirred great interest and also included the panel discussion “Role of Digital Technologies in the Promotion of the Russian Language and Culture in the World”. Under the aegis of the conference, those willing could take part in the in-person and in absentia skill upgrading program “Current Aspects of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language: New Methods, Trends, Innovations”. Upon the successful completion of the program, the participants were awarded certificates. By the results of both sections, some of the reports will be published in the annual collection of scientific articles #TOTSBORNIK-2020. At the end of the conference, the organizers announced the next capital of the Total Dictation 2020, Saint Petersburg. The event will take place on April 4.
“These conferences are important as they provide an opportunity to establish new academic contacts and find new partners. Many participants have expressed their wish and readiness to take part in the annual seminar “Current Issues of Teaching RFL at University” organized by the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language of PetrSU,” said Andrey Kotov, Head of the Department.