Magistrates of the Institute of Humanitarian Technologies of the Russian New University finished pedagogical internship in the Center of Russian Language and Culture “Russian Word”. For two study weeks, Alexandra Kolesnikova and Daria Tamonova acquainted students with curious details of life in Russia, gave a talk about Moscow and the Moscow metro, the peculiarities of Russian cuisine, education system, holidays and much more.
“Russian Word” talked to the interns to find out what exactly attracts them to the profession of a teacher of Russian as a foreign language and what kind of student is a Greek student?
1. Are you in the profession by vocation? What guided you in the profession selection?
Alexandra: “I never thought that teaching could be my vocation. I just love Russian, Russian culture and history. I want to share my knowledge and feelings with people who also love Russian, who want to learn it. Thanks to RosNOU I can do it. "Methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language (RFL)" is a relatively new field of study. But when I got to know this area deeper, I realized that I can reveal all my abilities within this specialty. I hope that I will become a good, highly qualified specialist. Now I begin to understand that teaching is very interesting, every lesson brings me pleasure, and it motivates me for further development in this area. ”
Daria: “I got my bachelor degree as a linguist and translator. I chose further master’s degree program to continue my education and improve my Russian. When we started classes, I realized that I like the profession of a teacher of Russian as a foreign language, and I want to do this. Most of all, this profession was revealed to me when I was preparing lessons for classes in the “Russian Word”.
2. What exactly attracts you to the profession of an RFL teacher? What is fascinating? What are the difficulties?
Alexandra: “In fact, I am fascinated and attracted by the process of communicating with foreign students, the opportunity to share knowledge and get new knowledge from them. There are not so many difficulties, but, of course, there are nuances in each profession. Everything depends on the teacher, as far as he/she clear, properly and correctly presents the material to the students; as well as whether students are ready to receive new information, whether they are interested in it. Interchange is needed in every lesson.”
3. Is this your first experience with foreigners?
Alexandra: “This is my first experience, but it is already so invaluable. Thanks to the Russian Language and Culture Center “Russian Word” for such an amazing opportunity to realize the ambitions of a young, “fresh” teacher. This experience undoubtedly gave me new strength and motivation to move towards my goal.”
4. What is the value of practice for your general professional level and what specific did it bring to your life as a whole?
Daria: “This practice is very valuable for me because this is my first experience of teaching Russian as a foreign language. It is interesting for me to try my hand at a profession that I like and that I want to do.”
5. What kind of new professional techniques did you discover in the “Russian Word” Center of the Russian language and culture?
Alexandra: “Unfortunately, there was not much time to pay full attention to the work of the teachers of the “Russian Word”. But it immediately caught the eye that these people know their business and love it, and this, in my opinion, is the most important thing.”
6. Have you experienced any difficulties? What sort of difficulties?
Daria: “It was difficult for the first time to speak in front of an audience. Gradually the excitement began to be overshadowed, and I enjoyed every activity. It was nice to see understanding in the eyes of students, to share emotions with them and to accept their emotions.”
7. What advice can you give to those who dream of being a teacher of RFL?
Alexandra: “Dreams must come true. If you work hard, use every opportunity and move towards your dream, then everyone can succeed in the chosen profession.”
8. What is a Greek student like?
Daria: “Since this is my first teaching experience, I have nothing to compare Greek students with. But I can only say that the Greeks are very open, friendly and cheerful people. I was pleased to teach Russian to such students.”
9. What pleased you most of all, what is necessary to work on?
Alexandra: “The Greek students have delighted us. It is quite easy to work with them. The “Russian Word” teaching staff supported me and gave useful pieces of advice, sent me in the right direction. Of course, there is still a lot of work to do. But now I have an incentive to move only forward.”
10. Is it easy to cultivate a love for the Russian language?
Alexandra: “It will be not a big deal if you love the Russian language, culture and history. But the most important thing is to establish contact with the student, and then your dedication will bear fruit.”
11. How do you like Greece? Will you return, for example, as a traveler?
Daria: “I really liked Greece, its culture and people. And I definitely want to come back again.”
12. What would you wish for the students and teachers of “Russian Word”?
Alexandra: “Of course, I would like to wish RW center prosperity, more students interested in Russian culture and Russian language; and for teachers – to have patience in teaching.”