Teleconference Russia – Greece
In the framework of the Russian and Greek Language and Culture Cross Year, PetrSU took part in a teleconference Russia – Greece that focused on the traditions of Slavic Studies in Greece and Greek Studies in Russia.
The organizers of the teleconference were the Department of Russian Language and Literature and Slavic Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Department of Classical Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism of PetrSU.
The meeting opened with greetings. Tatiana Borisova, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor of the University of Athens, presented an address on behalf of Olga Alexandropoulou, the Head of the Department of Russian Language and Literature and Slavic Studies of the University of Athens, and told about the history of the Russian Department at the University of Athens. PetrSU was represented by the Associate Professor, Candidate of Philological Sciences Evgenia Litinskaya. Her report covered teaching the Greek language at PetrSU.
Students from both sides of the conference joined the conversation, introduced themselves in the language they study and talked about their choice of philology: Slavic studies, Greek studies, and classical philology.
The conference ended with a discussion between the teachers and students about the prospects for cooperation between the University of Athens and PetrSU. The participants agreed on the joint organization of scientific student events.
Irina Manina, teacher, head of the Greek Language School of PetrSU, editor of the electronic journal of the Institute of Philology Philological Studies, offered the students of the Russian Department of the University of Athens an opportunity to publish their research papers.
The students of the Institute of Philology shared their impressions of the meeting.
Viktoria Trifonova, the 3rd year student of the program New Greek Language and Literature, English Language:
“These meetings are essential! They provide substantial experience and a chance to practice the studied language in conversation. I enjoyed that we, native speakers of the Russian language, could listen to foreigners speaking our language. It was quite insightful. It is ever exciting to listen to other people’s speech. I also enjoyed that we could offer each other some pieces of advice. We had this opportunity to meet the citizens of Greece, which further will help us find our bearings in the country once we can go on a visit. These meetings inspire us to continue studying the language and practice our skills during conversations with native Greek speakers on the Internet.”
Alena Kmito, the 3rd year student of the program New Greek Language and Literature, English Language:
“I truly enjoyed the event! I particularly appreciated the interest the Greek students showed in our conversation and how many questions they asked. I have found one of the girls on Facebook and we write to each other now and then. It was indeed a pleasant acquaintance.”
Ksenia Kovalevskaya, the 1st year student of the program Classical Philology:
“Without any doubt, I enjoyed the meeting. It was exciting to learn about the Russian language and literature from the perspective of Greeks. Everyone who participated in the teleconference is quite proficient in Russian. It would be amazing if in the future we continue sharing our language experience and other useful information.”
“We hope that the teleconference will be a start of a lasting friendship between the universities of Athens and Petrozavodsk”, say the organizers of the meeting.