Online Meeting of the Participants of the International Project
The first virtual meeting of the participants of the project on correspondence Russia-Germany was held.
The project "Briefwechsel Russland - Deutschland" was organized by the Department of German and French Languages of PetrSU.
The meeting convened schoolchildren and students of Petrozavodsk (Secondary school №3, Lyceum №1, groups 131, 133 of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU) and the 11th form schoolchildren of the Walfdorf School in Berlin (Freie Waldorfschule Berlin-Südost). The participants of the project have been acquainted in advance through correspondence, exchange CVs, emails and accounts in Instagram.
39 participants joined the videoconference, communications in German and Russian have proceeded in three phases.
"We had to introduce ourselves in native language (Muttersprache), each one had 5 seconds. Then a game followed: the participants reacted to the phrases spoken in Russian and German (they turned off the screen if the meaning was not true, or left it on otherwise). During the third phase German schoolchildren asked questions in Russian, and participants from Russia answered them and asked a question in German, throwing an imaginary "ball". Thus, we managed to bring Russian and German learners from two countries together. The organizers are scheduling further meetings in the Internet on more in-depth topics, and, certainly, continue communicating through correspondence",
- noted the managers of the meeting Ekaterina Yakovleva, a senior lecturer, and Frau Irina Boit, Russian language teacher at Walfdorf School.
"I liked today’s meeting very much. Ii is a pleasure to see those people whom you contact only online and hear how they live, study, get to know about their interests. We talked and did not afraid of making mistakes in speech, as the main thing is to communicate and understand each other, which we have, luckily, managed today. I really enjoyed communicating with the guys, I have got a worth-while experience".
"Das Treffen war wunderschön! Obwohl wir ein bißchen schüchtern waren, haben wir alle Aufgaben gemacht! Wir können solche Treffen öfter organisieren. (It was an insightful meeting! We coped with all tasks! It would be nice to meet more frequently)",
- commented participants.