The Department of Russian Language is the successor of two departments – the Department of Russian Language for Initial Entry Training and the Department of Russian Language for Advanced Training and Language Placements. These two departments were for a long time the two main divisions of the MSU Preparatory Faculty (1954-1991) and later the MSU Centre of International Education (1991-2013). The Department of Russian Language at the Institute for Russian Language and Culture is therefore one of our country’s oldest higher educational entities specialising in the methodology of teaching Russian as a foreign language (RFL), pre-university training for foreign students and the development of language placements for foreign students of Russian and humanities subjects. Over the years, numerous well-known specialists in RFL have worked in the Department, including O. M. Arkadyeva. L. G. Bash, E. Yu. Vladimirskiy, E. M. Stepanova, M. N. Lebedeva, N. A. Mets, E. D. Chemodanova, G. V. Kolosnitsyna, L. V. Shipitso.
The first educational programmes for foreign students were prepared at the Department of Russian Language, laying the foundations and principles of the functional-semantic description of the Russian language. These principles were subsequently implemented in RFL textbooks and manuals as well as in the more general field of Russian studies. It was here that the first principles in the teaching of Russian to ethno-cultural and language students were implemented. In 1965, staff of the Department prepared and published the first universal Russian language textbook for foreign students enrolled in the preparatory departments of higher educational institutions in the USSR. In addition to this textbook, training aids (for listening, speaking, reading, phonetics and intonation) were created. These aimed to develop students’ speaking skills as well as intensifying the learning process. Members of staff at the Department were also part of a group of authors responsible for the collection of teaching materials “Start” (which would benefit both students and teachers alike). This was the first instance in the field of Russian studies of teaching materials focused on different speaking activities based on active communication.
Since the early 1990s, the Department has been actively developing new technologies for the teaching of Russian as a foreign language. The most important achievement was the creation of the theoretical foundations of state system of RFL testing. A team of writers from the Department (V. E. Antonova, M. M. Nakhabina, M. V. Safronova and A. A. Tolstykh) wrote and published the new series of textbooks “Road the Russia”, consisting of three books, each corresponding to a RFL proficiency level: elementary, basic and level 1. The series is currently one of the leading RFL textbook series. There has been seven editions of the series published in Russia, and it has also been published in China, India and the USA. Currently, a team from the Department of Russian Language are working on an updated edition of the textbook series “Russian Season”, which makes use of the most recent methodological and academic developments in teaching.
Currently, the main focuses of the Department of Russian Language are centred in the following academic and methodological areas:
• communicative approach to teaching Russian as a foreign language and Russian as a second language;
• linguistic aspects of testing Russian as a foreign language;
• linguistic aspects of learning Russian in bilingual children;
• spoken academic language for pre-university training of foreign students;
• business language in modern Russian;
• problems of speech culture in cases of inter-language and intercultural interaction;
• development of interactive multimedia courses for Russian as a foreign language;
• optimisation of professional development and advanced training RFL programmes.
The Department of General Subjects was established in 2013, at the time of the restructuring of the Centre for International Education to the Institute of Russian Language and Culture. Its predecessor first in the MSU Preparatory Faculty and then in the MSU Centre for International Education was the Department of Humanities and Sciences. The Department has therefore over sixty years’ experience in pre-university training of foreign students.
The Department’s staff is made up of teachers of literature, history, mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography, economics, biology and computer science – all areas necessary for any student wanting to enter higher education. The majority of teachers hold post-graduate degrees and titles. All members of staff are skilled professionals with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in teaching general subjects to foreign students who are at the early stages of learning Russian. An important role in the development of this direction in pre-university training for foreign students was played by M. V. Abudeeva, M. S. Adamenkova, L. A. Alekseeva, A. V. Belikova, N. S. Gromoglasova, N. I. Zverev, V. N. Kochetov, E. A. Lazareva, T. V. Orlova, I. P. Patsey, I. S. Lakoba, A. I. Fadeeva and V. Morozova.
The Department of Culturology was established in 2013, at the time of the restructuring of the Centre for International Education to the Institute of Russian Language and Culture. The Department’s staff is made up of specialists of the problems of intercultural interaction in terms of teaching Russian as a foreign language.
The main objectives of the Department are the fundamental and theoretical understanding of cultural issues and contemporary cultural-linguistic policies and development, and based on these, the practical recommendations concerning the methodology of teaching Russian language and culture. Drawing on sixty years of experience at the IRLC, the Department addresses the academic and practical issues of the wealth of understanding amassed over several decades of methodological, linguistic, psycholinguistic, cultural and cross-cultural research and development. The foundations of the Department’s research are the systematic monitoring of contemporary Russian cultural space within the framework of the main areas of contemporary culturology: theoretical, applied, historical, comparative, comparative and contrastive, as well as substantive analysis and practical application of the entire spectrum of developments from Russian and foreign schools of culturology (semiotics of culture, culturological education, cultural anthropology, sociology of culture et al).
The Department has developed and implemented a number of successful educational projects, such as “Russian Museums” (fundamental research of the Russian “museum space” and the creation of the educational and presentational materials thereon), “Russian Arch-concepts” (an in-depth study of the most important modern ideologies in Russian linguistics: the materials thereon can be used as educational texts for foreigners, and also as texts for preparing Russian school students for their Unified State Exams) and “Russian Naming” (a study of modern Russian toponymy, anthroponymy and ergonymy).
Areas of work:
• contacting leading foreign universities and other educational institutions for the purpose of recruiting students and placement holders;
• preparing agreements of international cooperation with foreign partners;
• participating in conferences and presentations;
• remotely contacting applicants;
• sending invitations and contracts of training;
• ensuring correct document management in the Institute.
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