Germany – Russia in the Dialogue of the Two Cultures
PetrSU held a videoconference with Germany «Impact of Social Isolation on Everyday Life, Leisure, and Studies of Students in Russia and Germany. Germany – Russia in the Dialogue of the Two Cultures».
The Department of Foreign Languages for Technical and Natural Sciences of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU held an online conference in the German language featuring guests from Germany, the city of Althengstett, Baden-Wurttemberg, and the 1st year students of different programs who study German (Institute of Medicine, Institute of Forestry, Mining and Construction Sciences, Institute of Physics and Technology). The conference was arranged and moderated by the senior teacher of the Department Vladislav Dorofeev.
The social self-isolation and its impact on the everyday life, leisure, and studies of youth in Russia and Germany, as well as other current affairs, were the focus of the online conference held in the German language. The Skype conference opened with a young German pianist, prize-winner of several established international contests, a native of the city of Althengstett, Claudia Peter, who presented a small piano concert that included extracts from the works of the celebrated German composers Bach, Beethoven, and a small etude by Mendelsohn. The musician told about her musical practice and life in Germany in self-isolation.
The participants of the meeting had a chance to ask the German guests of the conference (the pianist’s family members: mother Helena Peter, sister Tabea Peter) about their daily life, leisure, and the organization of the study process at German schools in quarantine. In their turn, PetrSU students have prepared detailed reports in the German language on how the life in Russia has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, on the distance learning at the university and shared what Internet platforms are being used by teachers and students to make the study process efficient.
The conference aimed at practicing foreign language communication skills as well as broadening the background knowledge of Germany as the country of the studied language. PetrSU students took an active part in the discussion with the native speakers, asked, and eagerly answered questions. After the conference, the participants were asked to provide feedback on the efficiency of using Internet platforms as distance learning tools at schools and universities in Germany and Russia. During the conference, the participants analyzed the pros and cons of living and studying in self-isolation and concluded that self-isolation is a chance for self-improvement, self-development, studying new courses. Self-isolation is also an opportunity to spend more time with family.