Bilingual Virtual Roundtable “Tourist Karelia: Challenges and Growth Prospects”
The Resource Center for Modern Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages of the Department of Foreign Languages for Humanities hosted a roundtable discussion “Tourist Karelia: Challenges and Growth Prospects”. The event was organized and moderated by the employee of the Center Olga Nikolaeva and the Associate Professor of the Department of the German and French Languages Elena Vorotilina.
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year students of the Institute of Foreign Languages and the Institute of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism engaged in the virtual discussion, presented and analyzed Digital Stories about the ethnocultural potential of the Republic of Karelia that can give a competitive edge to our region in the area of tourism.
The discussion aimed to provide the students, future specialists in hospitality, an opportunity to exchange experience of attracting tourists to our northern region with their colleagues who specialize in foreign languages. At the online conference, the students presented their reports and provided feedback in the English and German languages thus acting as both presented and interpreters. In this way, the participants of the discussion could present the results of their studies to their colleagues who do not speak a second foreign language.
The Digital Stories covered various aspects of tourism: interpretation and translation of Karelian ethnocultural words into the German language (Andrey Solnyshkov), history of the construction and tourism potential of the White Sea-Baltic Canal (Varvara Pimenova and Daria Lepeshina), gastronomy tourism in Karelia (Alisa Ostasheva), jeeping and prospects for its development (Yana Pugacheva), Karelian ecotourism (Anastasia Stakhovich), and ethnocultural tourism (Polina Trepina). All reports were appreciated for their content, as well as linguistic components, and stirred a lively discussion.
Moreover, the participants paid particular attention to the novel form of digital presentation in a foreign language made under scientific discourse and the features of this kind of report: clear structure, consistency, information value, and well-defined conclusions. The students also noted the original visuals of the Digital Stories that contributed to the presentations.
The interdisciplinary form of the event once again proved the necessity of studying foreign languages for better understanding information outside one’s area of professional activities and fruitful exchange of experience.
The Resource Center for Modern Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages congratulates all participants on learning new information and hopes that such regular discussions will promote sustainable academic cooperation between the Institutes and encourage students to broaden their linguistic horizons.