Udmurtiya is a semi-autonomous republic within the Russian Federation. The capital is Izhevsk. Because of the fact that large parts of the Russian arms industry is located here, our republic had been completely sealed off from the world for decades. After the signing of the treaty regarding nuclear arms was the first time that western foreigners, Americans, made their way to this area, even though it is in the European part of Russia, near the central Ural mountain range.
Based on this short piece of information about the Udmurt Republic we would like to tell you about the language institute Santa Lingua by means of this brochure. Santa Lingua has been well known as a social youth association in Udmurtiya since 1992, and currently works as a linguistic institution for English and German where students and lecturers of the Universities of Izhevsk work together very closely. Young people in the Udmurt Republic are offered classes in English and German to complement scholastic and university curricula. This prospectus will inform you about the basic principles and methods of Santa Lingua. We hope that our programme stirs your interest.
Basic features of our programme
To this day pedagogues, psychologists and scientists pay great attention to the content and methods of education: the goal is to raise a creative personality, developed both physically and intellectually, in harmony with the process of education.
This programme is an attempt in this direction, based on experience and existing empirical results in this field.
Goals of the programme
Goals of the programme are the preparation, organization and realization of a continuous educational process in foreign languages for the young people, at the same time, however, we including a varied recreational programme, as an addition to their scholastic and university curricula.
In order to successfully do this, we
1. create a methodical basis in accordance with the latest demands of language teaching;
2. analyse and interpret audio and video materials, prepare the foreign language courses and methods of teaching a foreign language according to the knowledge of the respective youths, as well as their psychological and age-related peculiarities;
3. supply the participants with the relevant textbooks and other necessary equipment;
4. organize language related work placements in foreign countries with the support of the Udmurt Republic;
5. devise methods of educating a creative and democratic personality;
6. create a technical basis for the realization of these methods;
7. closely cooperate with children's and youth organizations and state institutions in the Udmurt Republic;
8. support the next generation of young scientists and linguists in Udmurtiya.
The practical significance
The practical significance of the programme from the point of view of teaching methods is the direct realization of the pragmatic-functional and intercultural concept in teaching foreign languages, aimed at the formation of the linguistic personality and its speech patterns and behaviour.
The scientific significance
The scientific significance of the programme is the following:
1. The creation of the foreign language courses is based on the pragmatic-functional concept in working with empirical material (audio and video recordings) which involves working with a language laboratory. During this type of work, peculiarities in colloquial speech and their use in the relevant situations become apparent. For the lessons the teaching staff of Santa Lingua prepares the teaching material in terms of vocabulary and grammar, as well as intercultural and communicative aspects, and works on methods of introducing and reinforcing it in the lessons.
2. Psychological tests and surveys enable us to determine the best access to the learners in our teaching and character forming work.
Realization of the programme
The methodical basis consists of about 2000 books, 200 video cassettes with recordings about various countries (partly recorded by members of the teaching staff of Santa Lingua together with foreign colleagues), 300 audio cassettes with teaching materials, songs, classical music, radio broadcasts, etc
The programme is realized in two phases: the school (university) year and the vacations.
The school (university) year
1. local language courses and long distance courses;
2. organization and realization of events in connection with the customs, traditions and culture of the country;
3. annual foreign language contests among the schools of Udmurtiya;
4. organization and realization of weekend recreation;
5. seminars on teaching methods for colleagues in Udmurtiya, events for rural school children;
6. preparation for the language camps Santa Lingua.
The programme of the language camps provides a combination of foreign language teaching with sport and entertainment, which are closely connected and complement each other:
1. Foreign language classes in German, English and Russian (as a foreign language), three hours daily. The main principle of the lessons is learning by playing. For thispurpose various types of playing activities have been designed, covering different areas: vocabulary, grammar, cultural and intercultural studies.
2. Video salon: The children get to «travel» through different countries, acquaint themselves with important sights, as well as the culture and art of the different countries. This includes programmes for children and teenagers, and popular films. The video recordings can also be used in the lessons and other salons.
3. Music salon: songs coupled with information about the life and work of the greatest composers, but also of current pop musicians.
4. Literature salon: The familiarity with classical literature is an integral part of working in our language institute. In this salon the children are taught the basic know-how for analysing and interpreting literary works, and to argue their own opinions in a logical and well-founded manner.
5. Theatre salon: Literary works in the foreign language are produced for the stage.
6. Entertainment workshop: Evenings of entertainment and other shows are prepared.
7. Press centre: A daily newspaper or magazine is published here, covering current topics and questions about life in the camp.
8. Sport: organization and realization of sporting events.
- 2 diplomas of the State Committee for Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Udmurt Republic (Moscow, Izevsk, July 1st 1997),
- Certificate of the XI. International German Teachers' Convention for Teaching and Recreational Programmes (Amsterdam, August 5th 1997),
- Certificate of the Udmurt Government (1998, 1999),
- letter of thanks from the Central Bureau for Coordination of Socio-cultural Programmes of Russian-Germans «Breitenarbeit» (Moscow, October 1998),
- Certificate of the International Cultural Centre of Louisville (1998, USA),
- Grunt "Open Society" Fund Soros ( summer, 2000).
- The collection of linguistic texts «Sancta Lingua» published by the language institute are recognized by linguists at the Udmurt State University, St. Petersburg State University, Perm State University, Krasnodar State University, Kalug State Pedagogical University.