The Faculty of Philology has completed the first Winter School of Intensive Russian for International Students. Students from Japan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, India, Mongolia, and China were the participants of the school.
Tomsk State University has a successful tradition of holding the Summer School of the Russian Language for International Students. But after arriving in the Siberian city, many of them dream about seeing the snow and the real Russian winter. Now guests of TSU had this opportunity.
Lessons are usually divided into two parts: grammatical skills and speaking practice. Students are offered texts about Tomsk and Siberia, so that they get to know the local flavor, history, and current status. The intensive language environment (everyone present speaks Russian) creates good progress in speech. Through daily practice and keeping a diary, students improve their written language too.
Students arrive for the two-week TSU language schools after a competitive selection. The application consists of a questionnaire and motivation letter. The School of Intensive Russian is very popular with international students, so there are many comers.
The language school is always combined with an active cultural programme. Participants not only gain new skills, but also are immersed in the Russian and Siberian culture and the characteristics of our country, and get acquainted with TSU and the opportunities it offers. International students also will remember traditional winter fun - skating with slides, a visit to the ice cities, walking in the winter forest, skiing, skating, and a Russian banya.
The School of Intensive Russian held at TSU annually. Nine summer schools were held in 2015, and 12 winter and summer schools are planned for 2016. This summer, the guests of the University will have even more opportunities - it is planned to combine the training with a guided tour to Baikal or the Altai Mountains, where students can learn the Russian language in nature.