The 4th International Online Olympiad for English Students



20 May 2020
Students of the Institute of Philology took part in the International Online Olympiad in the English Language.

Students of the Institute of Philology took part in the International Online Olympiad in the English Language.

The distance form of education involves not only classes held on educational platforms and videoconferences but online events as well. In spring 2020 students of the English language could take part in the 4th International Online Olympiad (organized by the Skyteach in cooperation with Cambridge Assessment English).

Traditionally, the tasks included:

- tasks assessing knowledge of the English language and its vocabulary and grammar for level B1 and higher;

- tasks assessing soft skills and thinking skills;

- tasks assessing attention to detail and proficiency in the language.

This year over 30 000 people from 90 countries have participated in the Olympiad. Among the participants were the students of the Institute of Philology of PetrSU who study English as the first and second foreign language. The future Bachelors provided feedback.

Ksenia Mironova, the 1st year student of the program Foreign Philology (English language and Literature, German Language):

“The online Olympiad was quite engaging and undoubtedly rewarding. While completing the tasks I’ve learned many new words.”

Anna Maeva, the 2nd year student of the program Foreign Philology (English language and Literature, German Language):  

“The Olympiad tasks turned out to be compelling and tested both the proficiency in the language and logical thinking.”

Aleksandra Kuznetsova, the 2nd year student of the program Foreign Philology (English language and Literature, German Language):  

“I was most interested in the tasks in the right usage of slang and colloquialisms, as such tasks are rarely part of usual courses.”

Albina Kuskova, the 3rd year student of the program Foreign Philology (English language and Literature, German Language):  

“To me, the tasks were engaging and relatively easy, especially those focusing on abbreviations. As many of my foreign friends often use them in conversation I had no trouble coping with these tasks.”

Sofia Matikainen, the 3rd year student of the program Foreign Philology (Finnish Language and Literature, English Language):

“The tasks had many words new to me (fixed expressions and phrasal verbs), so I broadened my vocabulary and tested my overall language skills.”

Valentina Agaponko, the 3rd year student of the program Foreign Philology (Finnish Language and Literature, English Language):

“I am glad that I’ve participated in the Olympiad. Some tasks were challenging but I appreciated the tasks that assessed logic and extralinguistic knowledge.”

Students of non-linguistic programs too have tested their language skills in the Olympiad.

Diana Ermakova, the 3rd year student of the program Applied Philology (Russian Language and Literature):

 “The Olympiad was a challenge for me, there were a lot of unknown words, I had to refer to a dictionary all the time, as I didn’t know the words. I had difficulties understanding idioms, various abbreviations, slang and I looked up some on the Internet, as even in the Russian language I don’t come across such words. All the same, to me this part was more interesting than the second part where you had to fill in the gaps according to the context. Thanks to these tasks I’ve learned some English slang terms.”

Maria Gribanova, the 3rd year student of the program Applied Philology (Russian Language and Literature):

“To me, the Olympiad was challenging yet engaging. I had to look up the translation a lot, as there were many new words. I particularly enjoyed the tasks in idioms and abbreviations.”

Irina Kochneva, the 3rd year student of the program Applied Philology (Russian Language and Literature):

“The Olympiad was difficult, many unknown words, yet the tasks were diverse and interesting. I realized how much I have yet to learn.”

All participants of the Olympiad received electronic certificates with the number of points scored and the electronic signature of Cambridge Assessment English and Skyteach.

 
 

 Institute of Philology

Address:
Main building (pr. Lenina, 33), room 335

Phone(s):
(814-2) 71-10-50

iklimova@petrsu.ru

 Department of German Philology and Scandinavian studies

Address:
Main building (pr. Lenina, 33), room 340

Phone(s):
(814-2) 71-10-59

natshar@mail.ru

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