In 2016, on the basis of the Kalinka Language School, a Russian language club opened in Dublin. I remember our first meeting, exciting and long-awaited. I asked myself if I could interest people of different ages, foreign students with our conversations about Russian language , literature, music, history, and Russia in general. There were a lot of worries, but as soon as our first meeting happened, proposals from the students themselves poured out what subjects they were interested in to continue the Club.
On the 4th of November, 2017 in Dublin, we had our regular meeting of friends of the club of Russian language and culture, which was devoted to Russian folk singing. It was an unforgettable meeting that enriched the knowledge of foreign students about Russian folk singing, traditions and history. It was very pleasant that the students and guests showed a keen interest in the topic of the conversation.
This time, the meeting was attended by adult students from Ireland, Japan, Spain, Russia … As always there were many more who wanted to come to the club, but, unfortunately, sometimes circumstances do not allow everyone to attend every our meeting. And yet we were many, and the meeting was very pleasant and useful. Everybody listened with great interest to the presentation about Russian folk singing on the big screen, saw the Russian national costume, listened to different folklore Russian music, practiced Russian spoken language, performed creative assignments, communicated in Russian and English in a relaxed friendly atmosphere over a cup of tea.
Thank you very much to the people who helped our meeting to become bright and interesting! Many thanks to Tatyana Senkina and Larisa Tolmachyova for the provided costumes and products from Khokhloma.
Special thanks to the little Inezsochka and her mother Nadezhda Lagodina for the singing of Russian folk songs. It was very beautiful and cheerful! Many thanks to our Irish friend Mel for his help in organizing the club, and big thank you to my friends for their support! Everyone is great! Love you all!
See you soon again my dear friends! 🙂
Kalinka Language School is proud to announce that our Russian Language Club will take place on the 4-th of November at 3pm at The Ireland Institute, The Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
The Club will bring all students from Kalinka Language School, Ballsbridge and Rathmines Colleges together and it will be opened to anyone who is studying the Russian language in Dublin and would like to improve their language skills and learn more about the Russian culture.
This time we will talk about Russian folk singing and it’s historical and cultural aspect. We are going to meet our old friends and make new ones. We will practice our Russian language, listen to old Russian folk songs and live singing of some of our students. Everybody will have a chance to see the Russian national costume. And as usual we will enjoy a cup of tea with delicious treats. Students of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities will have a chance to get to know each other better in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
The Russian language class with my new students at Ballsbridge College. I am so lucky having all these wonderful people in the class. They are Irish, Spanish and Italians. Students are full of curiosity and desire to learn the Russian language and speak well and they are iterested in Russian culture and traditions so much. Lets wish them good luck!
on the 22-nd of April we had our third Russian Language Club meeting in the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin. I am so grateful to everyone who attended the Club. There were so many of you. Thank you so much!
This time we had lots of Irish students, there were also students from Germany, Russia, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Great Britain and New Zealand. I regret that some of my great students from Ireland, Spain and Japan couldn’t make the meeting.
Every time I try to make the Club interesting, informative and enjoyable for all the students and people who are interested in the Russian language, culture and history.
So, it took lots of time to prepare all the necessary materials, videos, photos and music.
This time we spoke about one of the greatest Russian writers Leo Tolstoy, his biography and his creative works, and also about Saint-Petersburg, the Northern Capital of Russia.
The presentation about Leo Tolstoy went very well, in my opinion, and everybody showed big interest in Leo Tolstoy’s biography. He had a really astonishing life, which was full of contradictions, seeking of the essence of being. The main ideas of his novels are: the victory of good over evil and non-resistance to evil by violence…
The most romantic moment in the presentation was a short video from the Russian movie ‘’War and Peace’’ by Sergei Bondarchuk – The First Dance of Natasha Rostova at the ball.
Students found out that Leo Tolstoy wrote not only such big and great novels like ’’War and Peace’’, ’’Anna Karenina’’, ’’ Resurrection’’, ‘’The Death of Ivan Ilyich’’ but he also wrote a lot of stories for children and these his short stories were loved by kids very much, in which, Leo Tolstoy as a teacher in his own established school, taught children the wisdom of life.
Students had a chance to read some short Tolstoy’s stories for children in Russian and these stories made all of us smile.
After all everybody enjoyed ‘’The Quiz’’ about Tolstoy’s life and students could check their knowledge about the writer and his creative works.
Then we talked about Saint-Petersburg. We remembered the history of the City, we watched video- film about Saint-Petersburg’s most beautiful attractions. I was so surprised that so many students have already visited this wonderful, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. So, they shared their impressions and observations in Russian and English languages and that was a good spoken Russian practice.
We sang a beautiful song about Saint-Petersburg all together and it was so enjoyable. There was a cordial and unforgettable atmosphere of friendship. Everybody got closer to the Russian culture and opened a little bit the curtain to the world of Leo Tolstoy and at the same time to the Russian world.
After all students enjoyed their time chatting to each other, laughing, having a cup of tea and sweet treats, discussing future plans for The Club. 🙂
It was a really great time together! We are now waiting for our next meeting. 🙂
19 April, 2017
Ireland should benchmark ourselves against the best English-speaking country in the world for foreign languages and aim to emulate that performance within a decade, the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD said at the TUI conference in Cork today (Wednesday).
Minister Bruton also said that we should aim to be within the top ten in Europe in this area. The Minister was speaking ahead of the publication of his Department’s ten year strategy for foreign languages, a key commitment in the Action Plan for Education. The plan acknowledges that in general, Ireland, in common with other English-speaking countries, has not, prioritised learning of foreign languages when compared to other countries, tending to regard English as a common international language of communication.
However in the context of Brexit, the increasing global importance of the non-Western countries, and our diversifying markets for exports, these assumptions will no longer hold true.
The Strategy acknowledges that this will require a very significant change of mind set about language learning. It will also take time, commitment and additional resources. However this area must be a major priority.
However it also acknowledges that we have major assets to build on. Teaching of Irish means that, unlike many other countries, children become familiar with bilingualism from age 4 and start to learn second language skills early. We now have strong communities of new Irish people who have brought language skills from hundreds of countries around the world.
Outside of the headline ambitions, other targets to be delivered as part of the Strategy include:
All Junior Cycle students will study a foreign language by 2021
A 10% increase in the number of Leaving Certificate students taking foreign language subjects, with a particular focus on diversifying the number of languages studied in addition to French, – which is currently by far the most popular language
Increase of at least 50% in the number of students doing Erasmus, with further targets for improvement in the language proficiency of those coming back from Erasmus, and reductions in the numbers doing Erasmus course through English
We will aim to support 20% of the entire higher education cohort to study a foreign language, as part of their course. And we will put a particular focus on increasing the uptake of those studying courses relevant to international business and ICT. Competence in languages can be particularly relevant for career progression and is also vital for Ireland’s export sector
Among the measures contained in the Strategy to deliver on these targets are:
Additional foreign languages to be available at junior cycle
Introduction of Mandarin Chinese as a Leaving Certificate curricular subject. Together with other measures, this will mean that all of our main target languages in our export strategies will now be provided as curricular leaving cert subjects
Double the number of schools offering more than two foreign languages as part of Transition Year programmes.
The International Education Strategy for Ireland (2016 -2020) provides for the extension of the stay back period from 12 to 24 months for post-graduates. This opportunity will result in more eligible post-graduates, who have studied in Irish higher education institutions, and whose award is granted by a recognised Irish awarding body, at Masters or PhD level, to remain in Ireland for two years to seek employment.
Greater use of existing programmes is needed for Foreign Language Assistants, both coming to, and going from Ireland to countries where their foreign language is the spoken language
“The world is changing rapidly and we must plan through our education system for that changing world. Assumptions that held true even a couple of years ago about the place of English as the international language of communication are no longer solid. In the context of Brexit, the rise of the non-Western powers, the challenges of integrating new communities and our increasingly diversified export strategies, we must change the way we think about language learning in Ireland.
“Ensuring that we continue to provide high-quality language learning and promoting competence in both of our official languages, Irish and English, is a very important objective of Government. However we must also target a step-change in the learning of foreign languages in Ireland. That is why I believe we should benchmark ourselves against the best English-speaking country in the world at learning foreign languages and seek to emulate that performance within a decade, and also top ten position overall within Europe in this area.
“Yes this will require additional resources across many parts of the system, and we must be careful about sequencing implementation. However in the context of Brexit and a changing world this must be a major priority.
“However we must also acknowledge that we have major assets to build on. Teaching of Irish means that, unlike many other countries, children become familiar with bilingualism from age 4 and start to learn second language skills early. We now have strong communities of new Irish people bringing language skills from hundreds of countries around the world. And as a people we have a natural curiosity in other cultures and societies”.
People who love to learn don’t depend only on classrooms or professors. They seek answers for every question, their minds are always clouded with ‘how’ and ‘why’.
Russian language class at Rathmines College last week (Improvers group). Every time this lovely group of students surprises me with interesting questions about the Russian language and it’s history.
Kalinka Language School is proud to announce that our next Russian Language Club will take place on the 22nd of April at 3pm at Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin.
The Club will bring all students from Kalinka Language School, Ballsbridge and Rathmines Colleges together and is open to anyone studying Russian in Dublin who would like to improve their language skills and learn more about Russian culture.
We are going to talk about Leo Tolstoy and discuss interesting facts of his biography, at some point we will find ourselves in St. Petersburg and we will take a virtual trip around the City and its surroundings, and even sing a song of St. Petersburg. We will also enjoy the music of Russian composers during our Club meeting. Students of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities will have the chance to practice their Russian and get to know each other in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Guests are always very welcome!