The number of citizens of this European country, who decided to take the test of the Russian language as a foreign language during the visiting sessions of SPbU, has increased several times over the past year.
“Last year 133 people decided to get the Russian language certificate, and only for the first half of 2017 the number of candidates increased to 261,” “On the one hand, this is not surprising: the people of Greece have always shown great interest in learning foreign languages, in particular, Russian,” director of St. Petersburg State University Language Testing Center explained. “On the other hand, in Grece the TORFL examinations have not been conducted at the proper level for more than 10 years. Testing, organized by the University in February, pleased the candidates very much. They shared their positive thoughts with friends, and in summer the number of participants increased two and a half times. Many of them had already passed exams in other foreign languages and noted that the level of the TORFL in St. Petersburg State University is not inferior, for example, to the level of Cambridge English or TOEIC”.
St. Petersburg State University has partner organizations for conducting tests in various cities of Greece – Athens, Corinth, Alexandroupolis, Heraklion. And specialists of the Language Testing Center regularly organize training seminars and webinars for colleagues teaching Russian as a foreign language.
Nowadays the study of the Russian language continues to gain popularity in Greece, and not only among those who work in tourism. The certificate Russian as a foreign language is an advantage in employment or give people credit in Russian in any Greek university. The document must also be obtained by those who want to study at Russian universities, including short-term programs.
In parallel with the TORFL testing, SPbU organized a Russian language of everyday communication exam in Thessaloniki for schoolchildren. It was developed by the University specialists and is suggested for bilingual children living in different countries.
“We want the children knowing the Russian language to be motivated to continue studying and using it. This test helps to give such motivation as the child receives a certificate that not only confirms the level of their knowledge, but also sets up a deeper acquaintance with the Russian language’ said director of the of St. Petersburg State University Language Testing Center Dmitry Ptyushkin
More than 200 children and teenagers from different countries have already passed the test developed at St. Petersburg State University, including Greece, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Poland, and Italy.