On 11 October, the Faculty of Philology launched the project “Let’s yabber, or on the question of the study of dialectic vocabulary by philology students from CIS countries”. Daria Galtseva, a postgraduate student from the Department of Slavic Philology, adapted lessons dedicated to dialectic vocabulary for students from Turkmenistan. She held two lessons during which international students learnt about Russian folk material culture and the Voronezh sub-dialect.
The topic of the first seminar was the layout of a Russian hut and a Russian stove. Students from Turkmenistan learnt the names for different parts of the house, dialectal names for kitchen tools, and proverbs and sayings that include dialectal names for parts of the house. During the second part of the lesson, the students completed practical tasks under the supervision of the lecturer. The author of the project, Daria Galtseva, had prepared and used visual aids which helped the students to remember the material.
The second lesson was dedicated to the Russian national costume. The students learnt to tell sarafan (a sleeveless dress) from poneyva (homespun woollen skirt), learnt what gribatka is (a necklace) and compared the Russian and the Turkmen national costumes. Of particular interest was a collectors’ doll wearing a traditional costume of the Voronezh Governorate. It was used to study southern Russian women’s costume.
Due to the transfer to distance learning, the project will continue with the help of electronic education technologies. The project is funded by the grant of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.