St. Petersburg University continues to expand the geography of testing in Russian as a foreign language (TORFL).
In addition to opening several dozens of examination centers in Europe and Asia, SPbU is actively developing cooperation on a more remote continent – in South America.
“The Russian language center in Buenos Aires is our regular partner,” said Dmitri Ptyushkin, director of St. Petersburg State University Language Testing Center. “This year the exam was held there for the second time and attracted participants from different countries; some of them have overcome the distance of several hundred kilometers. Such a love for the Russian language is really impresive”.
This year, three testing centers in Brazil were added to the well-run center in Argentina. A tester of St. Petersburg State University Language Testing Center Nadezhda Dubinina from April 4 till 12 held the first test session in history for 35 students in two largest cities of the country: Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
“I have got the most positive impressions. In Brazil, there is a profound interest in the Russian language: students read Chekhov and Tolstoy in the original, watch Russian films, ask about life in Russia, dream to go there. Almost all successfully passed the test, which indicates a high level of training”. (Nadezhda Dubinina, specialist of St. Petersburg State University Language Testing Center).
At the University of São Paulo in the hall where BRICS meetings are usually held, an additional seminar for more than 40 participants was held. At the meeting, the students were informed about the opportunities of studying at SPbU and the rules of admission. Young people were especially interested in master and postgraduate programmes.
“We are pleased that now Brazilian students have the opportunity to participate in the TORFL exams,” director of St. Petersburg State University Language Testing Center said. “Work in this country is extremely important from several points of view. First, of course, quite a large number of Brazilians learn Russian. Secondly, Brazil has a lot of descendants of Russian citizens who left during the first and second waves of emigration. There is no doubt that the support of the Russian language for those people for whom it once was native is essential. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to colleagues from Rossotrudnichestvo for assistance in organizing the TORFL”.
At the moment, three language schools in Brazil have already become partners of the University: the Russian language community Priviet, Clube Eslavo (both of Sao Paulo) and Skavushka (Rio de Janeiro). After a series of meetings with teachers of the Russian language, letters and calls continue to arrive from other cities of the country. The cooperation between St. Petersburg State University and training centers in Brazil promises to be extremely fruitful.