The TSU Pre-courses Department has started teaching Russian language and specialized disciplines to international students online. Although not a single student was able to come to Tomsk due to the epidemiological situation, 125 students from the far abroad are currently studying in 11 groups. These are future bachelor's, master’s, and graduate students. Classes for them are taught by teachers of Russian as a foreign language.
Courses are planned through June, but they will be extended if necessary. At the end of the program, students will pass a compulsory test in the Russian language and entrance examinations in specialized subjects for admission to TSU or another university in Russia.
So, on September 1, a program for two groups of Chinese students who are in their homeland was launched. For a month they completed an adaptation course, and they are now closely engaged in preparing for admission to the university.
On October 1, TSU began the main course of the Russian language, where the geography of the students is much wider: residents of Ghana, Indonesia, Morocco, Chad, Peru, Mongolia, China, Laos, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Ecuador, Algeria, El Salvador, Uganda, India, and Korea.
For the most part, the Internet connection between students and the teachers in Tomsk is stable, the course organizers note. Communication takes place mainly on Zoom; Chinese platforms are also actively used for conducting webinars. Students' independent work is carried out on Moodle, where teachers of the Pre-courses Department have developed a large course on teaching the Russian language. The course includes three blocks, by language level. Also, teachers use their own MOOC (massive open online course) in the Russian language.
Daria Tarakanova emphasizes that the webinars also make it possible to visualize a lot, and use audio and video materials. Plus, there is prompt feedback: the students write in messengers, send voice messages, and talk to teachers, activating all types of speech activity. That is, many additional resources are connected, in contrast to the usual lesson.
Russian language courses are attended by two categories of students: those who study on contracts for paid educational services, and those who study free of charge under the quotas of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. In the future, if they wish, they will be able to enter TSU or any other university in Russia.