Russian as a Foreign Language
Hi! My name is Irina, and I’m the 2 year master’s student majoring in teaching Russian as a foreign language.
I was always interested in how foreigners learn Russian, whether they learn it at all, what difficulties they face connecting with their studies. After getting my Bachelor’s degree, I began to look for master’s programmes and saw the Russian as a Foreign Language programme. It seemed interesting and I applied for it. I don’t regret it.
There are mainly theoretical studies during the first year of education. We studied the Methods and Techniques of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language, Theory of the Russian Language, how to present Grammar, Phonetics, Vocabulary; there were also courses in Area Studies, Intercultural Communication, we got acquainted with the details and nuances, studied the peculiarities of teaching students fr om Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. We also got acquainted with the peculiarities of teaching Russian as a foreign language in Russia and abroad. The second year is more practical, wh ere you already try to be a teacher of Russian as a foreign language.
I’ve learned a lot of new things about my mother tongue, many things that I’ve never thought about or paid attention to before. Studying here allowed me to look at the Russian language from a completely different perspective, as if I’m a person who has never spoken it.
Studying here is interesting and fun!