Voronezh State University continues its collaboration with Leon University (Spain). This year, a senior lecturer from the International Education Institute, Irina Shigina, is working at the Faculty of Philosophy and Philology and the Language Centre of Leon University. She has a lot of experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language. Irina Shigina is also one of the developers of the electronic exercise book for foreign students “Ruso Сomunicativo” (2016). She uses this innovative teaching material during her classes in Leon. The electronic exercise book “Ruso Сomunicativo” is based on the software platform “Interactive Library of the International Education Institute” which is being developed by the programmers of the laboratory of new educational technologies of the International Education Institute as a part of the project “Russian digital class”.
The students and teachers who have used the exercise book for five months spoke favourably of the book and the Russian classes as a whole.
“It is exciting to work with the electronic exercise book which is full of various multimedia and interactive tools. It is easy for students to improve their pronunciation and vocabulary. Various interactive tasks help students to remember words and phrases better. And pictures, commentaries, and Spanish translations eliminate all the difficulties in understanding. Students start reading and speaking the language from the very first lesson. Such a result is very encouraging. What is more, the electronic exercise book “Ruso Сomunicativo” is a new generation book which you can upload to your tablet computer or laptop so that you can take it with you wherever you were going,” said a teacher from the International Education Institute of Voronezh State University.
Students are also enjoying working with the exercise book:
“We like working with “Ruso Сomunicativo”. The lessons have become much more interesting. We always look forward to our Russian class. We have already recommended our friends to enrol for the Russian programme next year.
As the electronic exercise book “Ruso Сomunicativo” appears to be very efficient, this new innovative teaching method is expected to become the core of the teaching process when teaching Russian to Spanish students.
Today, the new education technologies laboratory of the International Education Institute is planning to finish the Chinese version of the electronic exercise book “Let’s speak Russian”. This version will become a new step in the development of cooperation with Chinese partner universities.