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2 - 5 february 2012, Milan (Italy)

On 4 February 2012 the cultural association "Russky dom – Italia", with the support of the Grundtvig programme, organised the fourth international seminar in the framework of the project “Use of Russian cultural heritage in Russian teaching for adults in Europe”.

Seminar topic: “Russian cultural heritage in Italy”

Seminar venue: Learning Centre for the development of Italian-Russian bilingualism "Lev Tolstoj"

Participants of the educational partnership Grundtvig:

  • Belgium - Association Maison Russe à Liège;
  • France - Association Russie-Aquitaine, Bordeaux;
  • Hungary - ALFAVIT Oktatási és kulturális közhasznú alapítvány, Budapest;
  • Italy - Centro didattico per lo sviluppo del bilinguismo italo-russo "Lev Tolstoj", Associazione culturale "Russky dom - Italia" Milano;
  • Greece - «MIR» Centre of Foreign languages, Athens;
  • Turkey - Rus Kültür Derneği, Ankara.

The seminar was attended by heads and teachers of public organisations teaching Russian. The total number of participants is 35 people.

Polina Guelfreikh presented the project participants from Belgium (9 pers.), Turkey (2 pers.), Greece (4 pers.), France (4 pers.) and Hungary (5 pers.).

The President of the Association, Polina Guelfreikh, the Director of the Centre Tatiana Abliasova and board member Svetlana Kotikova told about the structure, goals and objectives of the Association. Project Coordinator Igor Zhukovsky outlined the main goals and objectives for the day.

Then, the delegation split into two groups, working on their special topics: lectures and round table discussions for teachers and demonstration classes for students of Russian language for foreigners. In the section for teachers and leaders of associations / language courses a number of interesting reports were presented: on the Russian cultural heritage in Italy and its use in teaching Russian as a foreign language to adults the teachers of the Learning Centre for the development of Italian-Russian bilingualism "Lev Tolstoj" and members of the Cultural Association "Russky dom - Italy" gave the following presentations: Tatiana Derin ( "Gorky in Italy"), Tatiana Shishkina ("The war campaign of A.Suvorov") and the guest of the seminar Viktoria Maksimova who is partner of Cultural Association "Russky dom - Italy", translator, board member of the forum "Russian Italy", and head of the Russian school in Turin "Ivan Turgenev" ("Application of Russian cultural traditions in teaching Russian to adults"). The participants of the seminar could follow a master class on the use of video with Russian subtitles (for example, children's newsreel "Yeralash").

International lessons for the students devoted to Russian painting were offered.

The second part of the day was devoted to discussing the final product of the project - the compilation of texts on the proposed topics. The delegations from Italy, Belgium and France presented their findings on the project. Project Coordinator Igor Zhukovsky held a round table discussion on uniform requirements for the materials. Antonina Zhukovskaya showed guidelines and an introduction to the compilation. The proposed materials have been unanimously approved by the assembly.

"PaRus" Project Coordinator Igor Zhukovsky in his speech reminded the participants of the procedure of preparing the final report. For successful completion of the report the following is required:

- Results of survey 1 (Hungary, Turkey);

- Results of survey 2 (Hungary, Belgium, Greece, Italy);

- Guidelines (Hungary, Italy, Turkey and Greece);

- Provide for the preparation of several more films for students (Belgium).

It is still necessary to make changes to the project site, to divide the final product into sub-sections (an anthology), as well as to link to an interactive map, which is located on the site www.russie-aquitaine.com.

On 3 February 2012 the Association "Russky dom - Italy" organised a guided tour in Russian to the workshops and the museum of the famous La Scala Theatre, where since 1936, for over 35 years the Russian theatrical designer Nicolas Benois was employed as artistic director – he even made it to manager – of La Scala. Over the entire period of his artistic life Benois was involved in creating the designs for over 300 productions, and made more than two thousands of decorations and sketches for them.

The next seminars will be in Ankara in late April, and in Athens - at the end of June.