A Seminar on “The Use of Computer Programmes and Linguistic Equipment at the Lessons of Russian Language”, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), was held at the School of Foreign Languages (SOFL), IGNOU, on September 15, 2011.
The participants at the Seminar, comprising Russian language teachers from SOFL, RCSC and JNU, underlined the importance of teaching aids based on modern technology such as computer and linguistic equipment, which are instrumental in facilitating and strengthening the mode of teaching of Russian language in the educational institutions in the country.
The RCSC was represented at the Seminar by Ms. Tatyana Parova, Head of Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, and Dr. Girish Munjal, Director, Institute of Russian Language.
In her Lecture-cum-Presentation, Ms. Tatyana Parova stressed on promoting Russian language and culture through technology. She noted that with the help of open-and-paid sources one can learn Russian very well, and to prove the point she showed some slides. The slides introduced the sources available with Fond Russkii Mir (FRM) and others useful for teaching individually to a number of learners anywhere, anytime in the world. She also offered all possible collaboration between RCSC and IGNOU in furthering the cause of “Inclusive and Open Education”, to which SOFL promised all help.
Referring to his experience in teaching Russian language involving computers and internet, Dr. Girish Munjal said his panning took a new dimension when this new concept was added to the existing system of teaching. To his credit, he started with introducing films and teaching Russian language with the help of TV, but realised that the conventional system of teaching is still more effective than the newly-endorsed one.