Summer at ETU "LETI": to learn Russian and immerse in culture
More than 130 people from 32 countries came to ETU "LETI" to study the Russian language.
On August 1, the second series of Russian language summer schools, organized by the International Student Office, the Preparatory Department for International Students and the Department of Russian Language, started at ETU "LETI."
The participants of summer schools are 131 students from 32 countries - Germany, China, USA, Macedonia, Great Britain, India, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, France, Peru, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and other countries.
The largest delegation is from China: 31 students both from the Beijing Institute of Technology and from the Xuzhou Institute of Technology, with whom ETU "LETI" fruitfully collaborates in the field of education, came to the northern capital.
“Summer schools of the Russian language are an opportunity for our university to show itself to representatives of different countries and continents. Most school participants come from leading world universities. Through classes in Russian, acquaintance with the sights of the city, we tell the participants about us, our main programs. Representatives of different languages and peoples united in the study of the Russian language at ETU "LETI" are the future envoys of the university and Russia as a whole! This format of work is one of the most high-quality and effective ways to promote university abroad.”
On the first day of their stay at the university, school participants went through the paperwork process, got acquainted with the university and the exposition of the Alexander Popov, took the test to determine the level of knowledge of the Russian language, and also took a tour of the center of St. Petersburg.
ETU "LETI" offers students a choice of five summer school programs in Russian as a foreign language. In mid-July, two courses ended, aimed at those wishing to deepen their knowledge in this area - Russian Language and Cultural Heritage of Russia and Gems of Russian Culture in the Russian Language. On August 1, three basic schools started.
“Students have different expectations from the course: some want to see the city, some want to learn everyday Russian, some want to improve their grammar, some want answers to more complex questions related to the nuances of the Russian language. We divide students into groups in a way that makes them comfortable to study, and strive to find an individual approach to each student."
An Intensive Course of Russian for Master and Postgraduate Student is designed for students who have previously studied Russian for 12 to 24 months, already know grammar, phonetics and have a decent vocabulary. For 80 hours of study, students will improve theoretical knowledge, colloquial speech, learn the basics of scientific translation and prepare for research activities in Russian. The program participants are international applicants who plan to study in Russia under the master's program, postgraduate studies, or undergoing scientific internships, as well as study Russian philology at a professional level.
As part of an Intensive Course of Russian Language and Social Adaptation in St. Petersburg, students who previously studied Russian from 6 to 18 months will improve your knowledge, accumulate a significant vocabulary, develop reading and speaking skills. This four-week course is suitable for international applicants who plan to study in Russia in the future undergraduate programs.
An Intensive Course of Russian for Beginners, designed for 4 weeks, will provide students with the basic knowledge of the Russian language necessary for tourist purposes: reading and understanding signs, asking strangers for directions, understanding their replies, and speaking.
The main difficulties that students face depend on the country from which they came to study. “For Vietnamese and Chinese, the first problems begin with phonetics due to too much difference in languages. For students in Arab countries, the main thing is grammar, because they quickly begin to speak Russian and believe that this is enough. Students from Slavic countries are more interested in the nuances of the Russian language and its differences from their native language,” Natalia Strelnikova, Head of the Department of Russian Language, says.
In addition to classroom activities, participants will take excursions to the sights of St. Petersburg and its suburbs - Peterhof and Kronstadt. This is an important part of the program - immersion in the country's culture helps a lot in learning the language. Summer schools will end with the ceremony of graduation, which will take place on August 28.
“This year, schools are reaching a new level of quality: in addition to the program provided for in the schedule, we have filled the schools with new content: there are excursions to Vyborg and the numerous suburbs that we conduct both after classes and on weekends.”