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15 November 2021 ã.

To 100th Anniversary of Belarusian State Medical University and 60th Anniversary of Teaching Foreign Citizens at Belarusian Universities

To 100th Anniversary of Belarusian State Medical University and 60th Anniversary of

The XXI International scientific-practical conference “Methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language and diagnostics of speech development”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Belarusian State Medical University and the 60th anniversary of teaching foreign citizens at Belarusian universities, ended successfully in Minsk.

Topical issues of teaching Russian as a foreign language at Belarusian, Russian and other universities were discussed at this traditional event hosted by the Belarusian and Russian languages Department of BSMU:

  • modern approaches of teaching Russian as a foreign language, implementation of innovative methods;
  • intercultural communication and its role in preparing foreign students of non-linguistic universities;
  • testing and assessment materials on teaching Russian as a foreign language and diagnostics of a student’s speech development;
  • text as an object of teaching Russian;
  • techniques of specialized texts adaptation;
  • social adaptation and acculturation issues of foreign speakers in the country of study language;
  • new types of in-class and out-of-class activities with foreign and native students.

The conference was attended by the teachers of Russian as a foreign language from 50 universities of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, representatives of the Russian Language Testing Centre of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University named after Peter the Great (Russia), Foreign Citizens Testing Centre of Maurice Thorez Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia), Heads of major Russian and Belarusian publishing houses specialising in scientific, educational and methodological literature (Educational and Publishing Centre “Zlatoust”, St. Petersburg; “Narodnaya Asveta”, “Vysheyshaya Shkola” and “Nauchny Mir”, Minsk).

Vasily Filonyuk, Vice-Rector for Research Work, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, and Nikolay Alkhovik, Dean of the Faculty of Career Guidance and pre-University Training, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor, welcomed the participants of the conference. Sergey Lushch, Chairman of the Association “Promotion of Integration”, speaking about the promotion of the publishing craft, said that their company is ready to sponsor the publication of conference materials.

Marina Yaskevich, Vice-rector for Innovative Work and Distance Learning at Pushkin State Institute of the Russian Language, warmly greeted everybody. Vyacheslav Lipatov, Vice-rector for Scientific Work and Innovative Development of Kursk State Medical University, conveyed congratulations on behalf of Rector of University, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Victor Lazarenko. Vyacheslav Lipatov’s video message was devoted to distance learning and improvement of the quality of teaching, including the Russian language. The participants of the conference were also greeted by Irina Kovyneva, Head of the Russian Language and Speech Culture Department at Kursk State Medical University. The Department of the Belarusian and Russian languages has held more than a dozen of joint events with this partner, and it may be said that the status has changed from partnership to friendship. Irina Kovyneva noted that the 100th anniversary is a huge milestone in the history of the university, and celebrating such an event is of national importance, because BSMU prepares doctors! And now, in the adverse epidemiological situation, this is the most important profession.

Tatiana Melnikova, Head of the Belarusian and Russian Languages Department added that the conference platform in any format gives an opportunity to exchange experience, and the results of the conference will be useful in further practical activities.

The plenary session was opened by Alla Sannikova, Honorary President of Belarusian Public Association of Teachers of Russian as a Foreign Language, A. Pushkin International Medal Laureate, Associate Professor of the Belarusian and Russian Languages Department of Belarusian State Medical University. The report was dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Belarusian methodological school of teachers of Russian as a foreign language. Then Oleg Ishutin, Dean of the Medical Faculty for International Students, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, delivered a report on the history of teaching foreign citizens at MSMU/BSMU from 1964 up to present. Important archive documents were shown to the participants.

The speakers shared their experience in optimizing teaching Russian as a foreign language with the help of traditional and innovative techniques, discussed linguistic and linguodidactic aspects of virtual communication, possibilities of frame approach, interactive aids, use of checklists, infographics, and noted the importance of extracurricular work and the role of a tutor in the process of socio-cultural and psychological adaptation of foreign students.

So, the reviewed and proposed options for designing an integrative model of teaching can be productively implemented in the practice of teaching Russian as a foreign language in a medical university in order to enhance the learning and educational process, and they will help to achieve optimal compliance with the modern educational development strategy of the higher school.

Summing up the results of the conference the participants from different countries agreed that the XXI International scientific-practical conference “Teaching Russian as a foreign language and diagnostics of speech development” succeeded in discussing the most pressing issues of teaching methodology. Everyone agreed on the high level of the event and the content of the plenary session and sections. The aim of the conference was achieved and the set tasks were fulfilled.

Author: the Belarusian and Russian Languages Department of BSMU, photos by Dmitry Zelenkovsky
Translation: Tatiana Malkovich


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