Department of Theory and Methods of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language

The Department of Theory and Methodology of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language as an independent structural unit of the Belarusian State University was established in 1971. The need for its creation was prompted by a sharp increase in the number of foreign students who came to study at the BSU. Until 2000 the department was a general unit of the university and then joined the Faculty of International Relations. Over the years the Department trained more than four and a half thousand foreign students, undergraduates, graduate students, interns and trainees. Currently the Department trains more than 600 foreign students. At the Department there are intensive and short courses in the Russian language, which are attended by about 50 foreign students from countries of Western Europe annually, Japan and Korea, as well as employees of foreign embassies and diplomatic missions accredited in the Republic of Belarus.

Head of the Department – the Candidate in Philology, 
Associate Professor Sergey Lebedinsky

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 Address: 20 - room 1209, Leningradskaya str., Minsk, 220030, Belarus
tel.: +375 17 209 57 44, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 STUDY PROCESS

General Courses

  • Methods of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language for Foreign Students (certificates awarded)
  • Methods of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language for the Students of Specialization "Oriental Languistic and Country Studies"
  • Theory and Practice of Translation
  • Business and Diplomatic Correspondence
  • Practical Training in Russian as a Foreign Language

 SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

The Department's fields of research include psychological, linguistic and methodological basics of teaching Russian as a foreign language: language acquisition and teaching strategies, level concept of language learning, and occupation-oriented and modular approach to teaching.

The Department of Theory and Practice of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language is a basic department of Russian as a Foreign Language. Its activities include:

1) providing refresher courses for teachers of Russian as a foreign language;

2) retraining specialists of Russian as a foreign language;

3) holding Republican Festivals for International Students;

4) holding regular international conferences "Theory and Practice of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language; Achievements, Issues and Prospects of Development";

5) arranging Russian Language Contests for International students;

6) developing standard curricula of Russian as a foreign language for higher educational establishments of Belarus.

The department's research topic is "Complex scientific and methodological provision of teaching Russian as a foreign language".
Fields of research of the teaching staff:

  • Level concept of foreign language acquisition
  • Structure, content and dynamics of language identity formation: psychological, linguistic and didactic aspects
  • Cognitive processes and intellectual-speaking strategies of information processing in language acquisition
  • Acquisition of Russian as a foreign language and teaching strategies
  • Speech development diagnostics
  • National discourse peculiarities and ethnic stereotypes
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Computer linguistics
  • Cognitive and communication styles

 Staff

  • Sergey Lebedinsky — Head of the Department, Candidate of Science (Philology)
  • Natalia Strelchenko — Candidate of Science (Pedagogy), Associate Professor
  • Natalia Shibko — Candidate of Science (Pedagogy), Associate Professor
  • Grigory Gonchar — Associate Professor
  • Ekaterina Yatsevich (Krivonos) — Associate Professor
  • Ludmila Kotsko — Associate Professor 
  • Svetlana Kupradze — Candidate of Science (Philology), Associate Professor
  • Elena Mikhaleva — Candidate of Science (Philology), Associate Professor
  • Nikolay Mikhed — Associate Professor
  • Victor Sidorenko — Associate Professor
  • Natalia Grigoryeva — Senior Lecturer
  • Alaxey Zabello — Senior Lecturer
  • Maria Romanenko — Senior Lecturer
  • Marika Baranova — Senior Lecturer
  • Vasily Semenchiukov — Senior Lecturer
  • Svetlana Stepanenko — Senior Lecturer
  • Svetlana Shikunova — Senior Lecturer
  • Tatiana Yarantseva — Senior Lecturer
  • Lubov Andreeva — Lecturer
  • Elena Bobrovskaya — Lecturer
  • Tatiana Lebedevskaya — Lecturer
  • Vera Prokonina — Lecturer
  • Irina Sitnik — Lecturer
  • Veronika Tikhonovich — Lecturer
  • Victoria Chiupik — Senior Lecturer
  • Larisa Kitsun — Lecturer
  • Zoya Botsekh — Head of the Language Training Room
  • Irina Tereshko — Leading Department Assistant

 

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