Online Conference Russia-Germany: Intercultural Differences
On May 17, 1st and 2nd year students of non-language specialties of PetrSU (Institute of Medicine, Institute of Forestry, Mining and Construction Sciences, Institute of Biology, Economy and Agricultural Technologies, Institute of Physics and Technology), studying German as principal foreign language, took part in joint online conference of Germany and Russia.
The online conference was organized by Vladislav Dorofeev, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Foreign Languages for Technical and Natural Sciences of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU, and Elena Peter (Althengstett, Germany), a representative of People’s university Volkshochschule Calw of the city of Calw of federal state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and her family members.
The major topic of the online conference covered intercultural differences.
In order to join this project aimed at intercultural exchange and organization of language practice, students from Russia and guests form Germany should watch carefully 3 videos via YOUTUBE and prepared by Easy German channel on what is common and what is not customary in Russia and Germany according to the norms of behaviour and local laws.
Students of PetrSU prepared detailed presentations in German based on the video materials, made in-depth analysis of 3 episodes. German representatives at the conference also shared their opinion on the video parts. The video materials of East German channel show that the major differences include, first of all, the difference in speaking etiquette, punctuality, straightforwardness, rules of social behaviour in public places, on the roads and hospitality.
During the final part of the online conference with Germany, the organizers of the online conference held a discussion about things in common the two nations have and future awaiting the relationship between our two nations.
Dietmar Peter, Elena Peter’s husband, and Russian students talked about this topic in detail. Mr. Peter, in particular, stressed that Russia and Germany have strong cultural and economic ties, specifically, such areas of economic cooperation as energy, automobile manufacturing, transport. Students from Russia, in turn, noted that Russia and Germany have common history and cultural heritage. Our nations (Germany and Russia) provided the greatest number of outstanding philosophers, scientists, engineers, military leaders, composers, writers and athletes to the world.
During the insightful discussion, the parties came to the conclusion that they have a lot to learn from each other.