An international scientific and practical workshop entitled "Russian Language and Global Challenges of the 21st Century in Eurasia" started at ASPU on Monday.
The event organized jointly by ASPU, the Russian State University for the Humanities, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Yerevan, the Armenian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature is being held in a mixed format, including online meetings.
The two-day workshop is attended by Russian language specialists and researchers, science and culture representatives, independent Russian-language writers and authors, and many others.
Professor Srbuhi Gevorgyan, Acting Rector of ASPU, DSc in Psychology, emphasized the participation of Russian Language specialists from the CIS countries in the workshop.
She said that the topics discussed are undoubtedly important not only in schools and universities of Armenia, but also in other post-Soviet countries: as a native, non-native and foreign language, the Russian Language is influenced by political and social factors. "Interest in the development of the language should be increased in our countries. Projects that unite not only the pedagogical community, but also young people of our countries are really significant. To this end, it is necessary to create a common learning and intellectual space," Srbuhi Gevorgyan added.
Yury Filippov, Head of the Department of Strategic Projects at Russian State University for the Humanities, expressed hope that the problems in linguistics and Russian Language teaching, the results of studies on Russian Literature carried out at the Russian State University for the Humanities and the lectures delivered within the frame of the workshop will interest specialists of the CIS countries interested in development of the Russian Language.
Sona Sarajyan, a representative of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Yerevan, conveyed greetings of the head of the Centre, Vadim Fefilov, noting that this year Russian Language specialists from Russia, Armenia and other CIS countries are participating the online workshop. “This speaks to the importance of the workshop, while the topic reflects the present difficult times and emphasizes the need to raise the problems of teaching Russian Language and Literature in schools and universities.”
In addition, Vadim Fefilov emphasized the importance of development of Russian studies and expressed confidence that specialists will discuss the problems and achievements of the field, while the workshop will contribute to the further development of international cooperation. He added that the structure he heads is ready to provide support on that issue.
The two-day international scientific-practical workshop will be held in three subgroups. Roundtables, debates on problems of Russian language teaching, exchange of novel experiences and discussions are scheduled within the framework of the workshop.
Representatives of the Russian State University for the Humanities made speeches on the first day of the workshop. In their reports, they focused on communication ethics as a tool for building social and emotional relationships, draft dictionary of linguistic and cultural models and other issues.
Also, scientific and practical masterclasses were held within the framework of the workshop, with speakers presenting the past and present of Russian Literature in the face of challenges of the modern world, the identity crises in Russian Literature, the Russian culture in 2020-2021, including literature, cinema, theatre (giving a general overview of key trends), as well as modern processes.
The workshop "Russian Language and Global Challenges of the 21st Century in Eurasia" will continue on Tuesday.