Practices of teaching Russian as a foreign language

Course authors and lecturers

Elkhan Geydarovich Azimov

Dr. Ed., professor of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute, author of "New Dictionary of Methodic Terms and Items" (2009, co-authored), author of the following publications: "Methodology of Remote Teaching Organization for Russian as a Foreign Language" (2006), "Guidelines for Using Remote Technologies in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language" (2008) and many more.

Liliya Leonidovna Vokhmina

Candidate of Pedagogy, professor at the Methods, Pedagogics and Psychology department at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute. Leading specialist of practices for teaching Russian as a foreign language (particularly, implementation of communication and activity approach to teaching Russian as a foreign language in modern times). Author of about 100 scientific and instructional research works, including monographs, articles, text books for Russian as a foreign language, published in Russia and abroad.

Valentina Nikolaevna Klimova

Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor of the Theory and Practice of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language Department at the Advanced Training Faculty of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute.

Tatyana Evaldovna Korepanova

Candidate of Pedagogy, Associate Professor, Head of the Russian Language Department of the Advanced Training Faculty of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute. Leading specialist of practices for teaching Russian as a foreign language (particularly, using tests, linguo-didactic descriptions). Author of around 100 scientific and instructional research works, guidance manuals and teaching guides for Russian as a foreign language, scientific articles and educational materials in Russian and foreign publications.

Natalya Vladimirovna Kulibina

Dr. Ed., Professor, Dean of Advanced Training and Post-gradual Education Faculty of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute, head of the "Russian Center", author of more than 100 publications (monographs, guidance manuals and teaching guides, scientific articles, reports etc.), particularly, methods of using text during Russian classes with a foreign audience, philological analysis of literary text and advanced training matters for Russian and foreign Russian teachers. Specialist teacher of Russian as a foreign language. Worked as a traiining specialist and teacher in Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Syria, the Czech Republic, Finland and other countries.

Natalia Borisovna Bitekhtina

Associate Professor of the Theory and Practice of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language Department of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute, author and co-author of a variety of popular text books and teaching guides for Russian as a foreign language and its methods of teaching.

Tatyana Nikolaevna Dyachenko

Senior Teacher of Theory and Practice of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language Department of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute.

Natalia Vasilyevna Tatarinova

Candidate of Philology, Associate Professor of the Methods, Pedagogics and Psychology Department at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute.

About the course

Major questions of the organization and contents of the practical course of Russian as a foreign language: goal of training, learning objectives, and linguo-didactic technologies that are used. Language and speech material for aspects of the practical course as well as its methodical organization at Russian as a foreign language classes are described. Attention is also given to the specifics of describing the language, aimed at teaching it as a foreign language (level description) and opportunities for using test technologies for performing the training situation tasks. A distinctive feature of the course is all its materials being practice-oriented and the possibility of transferring all the methodical solutions, recommendations, patterns etc. directly to the pedagogical practice of the participants.

Graduation thesis (25-30 pages) on the subject of one of the course modules shall contain a theoretical (review of scientific and educational literature on the subject) and practical (consolidation of your own pedagogical experience) parts. The work should show in what way the course participant intends to practically use the knowledge and skills obtained within the course.

As the course progresses, each participant will be able to choose a scientific supervisor (from the module authors), who will provide them with training support. After the course is successfully finished, the participant shall send completed work for review to the Advanced Training and Occupational Retraining Center of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute. Depending on the number of those who would like to receive a Certificate and upon agreement with them, the schedule and procedure for presenting the graduation theses at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute will be determined.

Students with basic philological or pedagogical education, who have graduated from the course with marks 4 and 5, will be permitted to defend their graduation theses.

Additional information:

1. Work on the graduation thesis starts after the entire course (i. e. 10 modules) is complete.

2. The subject of the work is to be determined by each participant independently. The wording of the subject and the last name of the assumed scientific consultant (among the course lecturers) is to be communicated to the Advanced Training and Occupational Retraining Center of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute within 10 days after the course completion.

3. Scientific consulting during work on the graduation thesis implies: discussion of a subject (and correcting it, if necessary) and consultation during work on the thesis via e-mail or in a different way upon agreement with the scientific consultant (with a total consultation time of less than 5 academic hours).

4. Work has to be complete and sent in for a review to the Advanced Training and Occupational Retraining Center of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute within one month after the course ends. Review preparation time is 1 month.

5. Works that receive positive reviews are permitted for defense that is conducted on site at the Advanced Training and Occupational Retraining Center of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute (6 Akademika Volgina St., Moscow).

6. If you have any questions, please send them by e-mail to: mooc@pushkin.institute

Course structure

1. Practical course of Russian as a foreign language (3 lectures).

2. Information and communications technologies in teaching Russian (6 lectures).

3. Levels of proficiency in Russian (6 lectures).

4. Place and role of grammar in modern teaching of Russian as a foreign language (6 lectures).

5. Difficult cases of Russian grammar for foreigners (5 lectures).

6. Russian intonation (6 lectures).

7. Text as a resource of teaching oral communication in a practical course of Russian as a foreign language (5 lectures).

8. Game tasks on a lesson of Russian as a foreign language (5 lectures).

9. Russian intonation-2 (6 lectures).

10. Multimedia technologies in teaching Russian as a foreign language (4 lectures).

Purpose of the course

Learning major aspects of practices of teaching Russian as a foreign language.

Required qualifications

Start level of professional qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Philology. Language proficiency (for non-native speakers) - C1 and above.

Course results

Usability of obtained knowledge and skills: teaching Russian to non-native speakers.

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