The final stage of the International Olympiad of St. Petersburg State University in Russian as a Foreign Language and the winter test session 2019 were completed in the center of the Russian language and culture ‘Russian Word’ (Thessaloniki, Greece). This is a part of join activities of International Russian Instutute of SPbU and ‘Russian Word’.
The number of participants exceeded all expectations: 103 students decided to certify their knowledge at this session; also 82 ‘Russian Word’ students and 25 nonresident students who came from different cities of Northern Greece: Komotini, Katerini, Ioannina, Serres, Kavala, Kilkis, Alexandria, Neos Marmaras (n-in Chalkidiki), Polygyros (n-in Chalkidiki), etc. decided to take part in the Olympiad.
“Exam”, “test session”, “certification” – these are obviously not the most joyful words for any, even the most trained student. Few can boast a festive mood during this period. However, the students of ‘Russian Word’ had prepared for the test for six months, and therefore this challenge was faced with great dignity.
The Olympiad of St. Petersburg State University on Russian as a Foreign Language, which is a project of SPbU International Russian Institute, caused a detailed approach to the organization of the examination session. The unique opportunity to communicate in Russian with the examiners, to practice oral speech, became a kind of rehearsal before the test session and a really enriching experience for many participants.
Public evaluation of intellectual abilities is not an easy procedure for the tested ones. That is why the organizers of the Olympiad made every effort to create the most comfortable conditions for them. Thanks to a well-designed schedule, students had the opportunity to pass the certification exam and show their talent in the Olympiad final stage within one day. The fact that everything went according to plan can be judged by the joyful and contented faces of the participants.
We thank all colleagues for their productive work: members of the All-Greek Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (VAPRYAL), parents who came from afar to support their children, and, of course, IRI staff (E.Arkhipova, I.Illicheva, N.Dubinina, L.Leifland-Berntsson, A.Smirnov) who did a lot of work while organized the remote stage of the Olympiad. We also thank ‘Russian Word’ for organizing all the logistics and training their students; and, most of all, we appreciate the efforts of all the test and Olympiad participants. Congratulations to all who realized their claim to success. The result will not be long in coming, and already on March 17, at the MET hotel Thessaloniki, we are expecting everyone at the ceremony of awarding certificates of successful testing and also awarding the winners of the first International Olympiad of St. Petersburg State University in Russian as a Foreign Language for schoolchildren and students.