Virtual Meeting of Twin Towns’ Youth
On March 11, students of the Institute of Foreign Languages of Petrozavodsk State University met with students and pupils from the twin town of Tübingen. The video conferencing meeting was held via ZOOM.
It was the first of four planned meetings in the framework of the virtual bilingual round table "Tourist Karelia" organized annually under the guidance of Elena Vorotilina, Associate Professor of the Department of German and French Languages, and Olga Nikolaeva, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Foreign Languages for Humanities. The Karelian Public Diplomacy Development Foundation with Natalia Lavrushina as the head became one of the initiators of the meeting. The meeting was moderated by Stephan Klingebiel, an expert at the Department on Youth Affairs of the Tübingen Town Hall.
Young people from Petrozavodsk and Tübingen were invited to get to know each other by answering the questions of a short questionnaire. It turned out that the opportunity to get to know each other among all the alternatives (learning a language, going sightseeing, etc.) was of utmost interest for young people at their first meeting, which cannot but welcome, because it let a new page of twinning open: the representatives of new generation in Germany and Russia clearly imply that "We care about each other".
The presentations about twin towns followed a short introduction of the participants of the meeting in German and English. It was up to young people to choose the language convenient for communication. Students of the Institute of Foreign Languages Kirill Nekrasov, Natalya Sibiryakova, Konstantin Kuznetsov and Evgeny Lebed told the representatives of Tübingen about the history and contemporary realities of Petrozavodsk in German. The presentation was highly appreciated by the young people from Tübingen. Stephan Klingebiel spoke about Tübingen in English.
The young people continued communicating in the session rooms, where the participants of the meeting had to find the answer to the questions "What do you have in common?" (knowledge of languages, studying, hobbies) and "What places would you like to visit in Tübingen and Petrozavodsk?". Further work will be carried out on recording the videos in German and English about the sights of the twin towns.
"It was the first time I participated in the meeting, good language practice, now I am aware of such activities".
"It was the first time I could speak with a native speaker. They are very active and nice guys. It was interesting and exciting to listen to Stephan and the best thing was, I could understand almost everything. This meeting is remarkably memorable one".
"We got to know each other, talked about our interests. It was the unique and valuable experience! We look forward to further meetings!"