Associate Professor of the Department of French Philology of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology, Tatiana Kozura, received a grant from the French government within the framework of the “Mechnikov 2017” programme. The aim of the programme is to support academic mobility among researchers. As part of the programme, the French Embassy in Russia provides grants to Russian scientists who are invited to carry out their research in laboratories of French universities. In her application for the grant, Tatiana Kozura submitted a project about the problems of teaching French grammar to Russian-speaking students.
In April, Tatiana Kozura went on a one-month academic trip to the University of Caen Lower Normandy (France) to study theoretic and methodological aspects of modality and subjunctives in French at the University Language Laboratory CRISCO. Her research resulted in a French grammar book published jointly with French colleagues.
In April, the French Embassy in Russia also organised a student contest called “Teacher of the Future” ("Enseignant de demain") for future French language teachers. With 2017 being the Year of Ecology in Russia, the contest organisers suggested that students should create their portfolios of pedagogic projects using environmentally friendly materials.
Over 40 students of various Russian universities took part in the contest. At the final stage the jury announced 10 winners. Their portfolios can be found on the official website of the French Institute in Russia (L’Institut Français de Russie). Among the winners of the competition was a third year student of the Department of French Philology of VSU, Natalia Mischenko. She received a grant of the French Embassy for an internship at the French Cultural Centre of Alliance Française Foundation in Bordeaux (France) in July 2017.
Natalia presented a project with tips to French language teachers (Fiche professeur) and exercises for senior school pupils (Fiche élève) that comply with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The suggested exercises not only help to develop the communication skills and competence of the students, they also focus on promoting environmental awareness. Natalia Mischenko designed her project under the supervision of Alla Scherbakova, an Associate professor at the Department of French Philology.