International students from Tomsk, Moscow, China, and Italy discuss at TPU how digital technology influences learning Russian

The 9th All-Russian Conference Scientific Initiative of International Students at Russian Universities is held this week at Tomsk Polytechnic University, the Division of Russian Language. 190 foreign students, master and postgraduate students from 36 countries submitted their applications to participate in the conference. They are the representatives of Tomsk, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, and other Russian cities, as well as of Italy and China. 

The main feature of the All-Russian Conference is that it implies the participation of only foreign students. All articles and reports devoted to modern scientific themes and problems of studying at Russian universities should be presented in Russian.

TPU First Vice-Rector, Acting Director of the School of Core Engineering Education Denis Chaikovsky gave a keynote speech at the Opening Ceremony:

‘We’ve run the conference for the ninth time and I am very glad that the number of applications is constantly increasing. I am also very pleased that current topics are addressed at the conference and the round tables because the Russian language is that bridge that allows you to master knowledge at Tomsk Polytechnic University. So that you can successfully use the full potential of our University you should know Russian very well. We do our best to make it happen. 

On Friday, within the round table, you will discuss such interesting topic as a digital medium for studying the Russian language, particularly whether modern technologies will help you learn Russian, whether smartphone or other electronic educational resources will be helpful for you, etc. I think you will find an answer but for me it is obvious: if you are interested and motivated in studying a language then all doors will be open for you. I wish you to work effectively at the conference.’

The conference is organized in the following sections: Technical Sciences, Linguistics and Literature Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Natural Sciences (including Biomedical Sciences).

Head of the TPU Division of Russian Language Evgeniya Sherina says:

‘Our conference brings together the most talented, the most ambitious, and the most enterprising participants from around the world. These are representatives of 12 universities of the Russian Federation and 4 foreign universities.

Students from TPU, TSU, TSUAB, NSTU, NSPU (Novosibirsk), Peter the Great SPbPU (Saint-Petersburg), and SevSU (Sevastopol) came to Tomsk to the conference. The representatives of RUDN University, the Pushkin State Institute of the Russian Language, as well as students from Tula, Krasnodar and Altai Territories, the People's Republic of China (Shenyang Polytechnic University, Tianjin Pedagogical University), Italy (L’Oriental University, University of Catania) submitted their articles to participate in absentia category.’

In the framework of the conference, the All-Russian round table of international students and PhD students Virtual Environment: Path to Success or Additional Barrier in Learning Russian? will be held on 26 April 2019, at 12:30 at the TPU International Culture Center (13v Usova St.).

According to the organizers, the format of the event implies four rounds (four topics for discussion), besides, within the ‘open microphone’ international students will be able to ask all their questions and express their opinion. Teachers from TPU and other universities take part as experts in the round table. In the end, the participants and organizers will sum up some important issues, for example, what a useful and interesting Russian language textbook for foreign students should look like, whether a Russian textbook for adults should differ from manuals for kids, whether IT solutions help to learn Russian and so on.