Russian as Foreign Language. Part 2

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Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering 

The courses of Russian as a foreign language are attended by multinational student groups of up to 16 persons. Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Syria, Tunisia, Columbia — these are the countries whose citizens have attended the Russian language course at KSUAE.

It is obvious that being a part of the Indo-European language group, Russian is easier for those foreigners who are familiar with the Latin characters and harder for those who are not experienced in graphics and phonetics of European languages (Chinese, Arabic, Hindi native speakers). In these cases, we use special graphic and phonetic exercises.

The second important aspect in language learning is motivation. A special nod to those students who have already got their bachelor's degree and would like to receive further education in a professional sphere.

Learning the language in the country where it is spoken has incredible advantages since it implies immersion not only in the linguistic environment but also in the culture and life of the strange, not yet familiar country.

The course of Russian as a foreign language should not only teach the grammar of the language but also tell about the country's traditions, customs and holidays (such as Shrovetide, Easter, Christmas), the cultural monuments (the Hermitage, Bolshoi Theatre, Söyembikä Tower), historical personalities (Peter I, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great), poets, composers, writers (Tchaikovsky, Pushkin, Tukay).

Most likely, such information would only be mentioned at the classes. However, those who discover in themselves a real interest in history, culture and art eventually travel across Russia on their own, visiting museums and theatres. This speaks volumes about foreigners' interest in our country, the Russian language and history.

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The great and powerful Russian language! Admittedly, not the easiest for a foreigner. But the example of many students who have passed the Russian language course at KSAVM Pre-University Training Center for Foreign Nationals with flying colors inspires many more to come to our country and study this complicated language.

It can be baffling and often incomprehensible. The cases are the stumbling block for any foreigner. If you manage to master them it will get much easier from thereon. The word order in a sentence can also mess with a foreigner's head. It can be completely random, depending on what we want to say. Apart from the proper order, the words are stressed with the help of intonation.

The highly-skilled, experienced teachers of the Center will help you to grasp all of the above. We consider it important to introduce the international students who study Russian to the Russian culture, traditions, literature, rituals and customs because such knowledge is the crucial point of successfully adapting to the Russian-speaking environment. The Center is open to foreign nationals who would like to continue their education in the Russian language as students, undergraduates, postgraduates at the academy as well as other Russian universities.

The study groups consist of 10 persons each. At the classes, foreigner-targeted textbooks, learning materials and hi-tech equipment in all the rooms are provided.

Dormitories are available to students. The rent costs separately. The pre-university courses are contract-based. The tuition fee is 78,000 RUB as for 2021. Those who graduate with good grades and successfully pass the exam in Russian as a foreign language receive the First Level Certificate.

We are proud to announce that over 600 students have graduated from our course in such a short period of time. Their geography is extensive — Great Britain, Algeria, Turkey, Macedonia, Egypt, Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Burundi.

We express our gratitude for the expert commentary on "Migration registration" and "Russian as a foreign language" topics to KNRTU's Head of the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language Alla Kaybiyainen, KSUAE's Leading specialist in Foreign Student Affairs Feliks Akhmetshin, KSAVM's Head of the Pre-University Center Gyulchekhra Fayziyeva.

Pictures by Mariia Domnikova

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