On May 22, the Teleconference "India - Russia: Topical Issues of Online Learning", was organized by the State Russian Language Institute named after A.S. Pushkin, together with the Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDAPRYAL). The event, which was dedicated to the Day of Slavic Writing, was attended by more than fifty participants - prominent Russian scholars from India, Russia and other countries, teachers and graduate students-philologist.
The vice-rector of the Pushkin Institute for Innovation and Distance Learning Marina Yaskevich addressed the issues of organizing online education in her speech, and her colleagues presented distance learning programs of the Pushkin Institute in RCT for various categories of students: “Online course: preparing foreign applicants for applying to Linguistic faculties” (Ms Olga Khaleeva, Ph.D., Head of Department),“Training in listening using information technology at B2 level ” (Ms Natalya Andreeva, Ph.D.) and many others.
In their speeches, Indian scholars shared their experience of teaching Russian online as foreign language in the situation of lockdown: “Online learning in India” (Professor Kandarpa Das, vice president of INDAPRYAL, rector Krishna Kanta Nandiki, State Open University, Guahati), “Online Literature Courses for International Students: Advantages and Disadvantages” (Professor Ranjana Banerji, Head of the Centre for Russian Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University),“Online Learning: Bridge over Troubled Waters” ( Professor Debal Dasgupta, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara),“Online Interpretation Training” (Ass. Professor Minu Bhatnagar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Secretary General of INDAPRYAL), “From My Personal Experience in Teaching Russian Literature to Indian Students Online” (Professor Nilakshi Suryanarayanan, University of Delhi, New Delhi), as well as a number other interesting presentations.
The head of the Russian language Teachers’ Training Centre at the RCSC in New Delhi, Ms Tatyana Perova, made a presentation “Advantages and disadvantages of online Russian language teaching at RCSC courses”.
The participants of the teleconference unanimously agreed that the event was very fruitful and useful especially during the pandemic time and will bring the teaching of the Russian language to a qualitatively different level.