Russian Language Competition for Foreign Students Concludes in Moscow
On Thursday, June 6, Russian Language Day is being celebrated in Moscow and throughout Russia. This occasion was celebrated at the Pushkin State Institute of the Russian Language by representatives of the Russkiy Mir Foundation together with participants of a methodological seminar for Russian language teachers of the foundation's Russian Centers abroad. One of the main events of the day was the final tallying of the III International Pushkin Competition.
"This is a holiday not only of the Russian language but of those who study it. Not only for those who live in the country of the Russian language but also those who live far from Russia, those for whom Russian is their native language or professional language and sometimes not just profession but fate," Yuri Prokhorov, rector of the institute, said in his opening remarks at the celebratory event.
"I am very glad that on this day representatives of such a wide variety of countries have gathered here in Moscow. This speaks to the fact that the growing interest in the Russian language is affecting more and more distant lands. And the Russkiy Mir Foundation is making a substantial contribution to this process," said Pyotr Skorospelov, Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation.
He spoke about the plans and projects of the Foundation for supporting the Russian language: grant programs, expansion of the network of Russian Centers and Russkiy Mir Cabinets, etc. Pyotr Skorospelov highlighted that in 2013 the Foundation announced a contests of essays, compositions and drawings devoted to the Year of Slavonic Writing, the results of which will be announced at the VII Russkiy Mir Assembly in St. Petersburg on November 3.
The works submitted for the Pushkin competition were presented by foreign students studying at the institute. This year there were five nomination categories: "My first meeting with Pushkin", "I study Russian, because this is the language of Pushkin", "Pushkin's places in Moscow through the eyes of a foreign student", "While reading Pushkin…" and "Russian Language Day". An interpretive reading and vocal performance competition based on the works of Pushkin was also held
The winners were students from China, Mali, Poland, Thailand and South Korea. All participants and winners received diplomas and special commemorative gifts from the Russkiy Mir Foundation. The celebrations concluded with a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to Alexander Pushkin in the courtyard of the Institute of the Russian Language.