October 14-16, 2020, the IV International Congress of Teachers and Heads of Preparatory Faculties of Russian Universities was organised by the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL), Russian Society of Russian Language and Literature Teachers (ROPRYAL), the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute along with the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia.
The Congress was opened with a welcome speech by the President of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Council on the Russian Language Vladimir Tolstoy.
The participants were also greeted by Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) Pavel Shevtsov, who noted the great sociocultural importance of the activities of the Preparatory Faculties and wished success in further fruitful work in training foreign students.
On behalf of the Financial University, Deputy Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, Andrey Rementsov, participated in the plenary session. During the presentation, Andrey Rementsov spoke about the linguistic, academic and sociocultural adaptation of foreign students at the Financial University.
The mission of the pre-university training is to provide a real opportunity for foreign citizens to receive the necessary level of education in Russia
Dean of the Faculty of Russian Language and General Educational Disciplines at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia Natalya Pomertseva, Vice-Rector for Education at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute Elena Koltakova, Director of the Secretariat of the Russian Society of Russian Language and Literature Teachers (ROPRYAL) and the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL) Alexander Kortyshev, as well as Director of the Hanoi branch of the Pushkin Russian Language Institute Nguyen Thi Thu Dat also gave a presentation in the plenary part.
Within the framework of the Congress the following eventы looks place:
1. Scientific-practical seminar "Design and implementation of training programs for foreign specialists at the graduate stage: pre-graduate, pre-clinical internship, pre-postgraduate studies";
2. Forum of Russian language teachers "Teaching Russian in a multilingual world: Russian and foreign experience";
3. The V All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference "Issues of educational programs at preparatory faculties for foreign citizens".
During the events, the key issues of the activity of the preparatory faculties (departments) of higher education institutions of the Russian Federation, theoretical and methodological foundations of modern linguistics and methodology of teaching Russian as a foreign language, modern information and communication technologies in teaching Russian as a foreign language and general education in Russian, as well as issues related to the testing of foreign students.
During the events, key issues of the activities of preparatory faculties / departments of Russian universities, theoretical and methodological foundations of modern linguodidactics and methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language, information and communication technologies in teaching Russian as a foreign language and general subjects in Russian, electronic, mixed and distance learning, as well as issues related to testing foreign students were discussed.
In addition, particular attention was paid to modern models of teaching Russian as a foreign language in the absence of a language environment, issues of creating nationally oriented textbooks on Russian as a foreign language for various categories of students.