Conference in the Institute of Slavic Studies of the University of Zurich


International conference “The Russian language in the European educational space: problems and prospects" took place at the Institute of Slavonic Studies of the University of Zurich. The Centre for education and training “Matryoshka” took part as co-organizer under the auspices of the European organization "International Mother Tongue Association”. The conference brought together leading experts in Russian philology from Swiss, German and Austrian universities. The conference was attended by representatives from the universities of Basel, Lausanne, Munich, Constance, Vienna, St. Gallen and Zurich.

CET “Matryoshka” and the “International Mother Tongue Association” as co-organizers invited Professor Elizaveta Hamraeva from Moscow State Pedagogical University.

Professor Elizaveta Hamraeva is author of numerous manuals on Russian language, including new Russian language training complex for bilingual children. During her speech, professor gave some useful advices to teachers and parents on teaching of bilingual children.


Here are some of them:

  • It is important to make good use of pre-school age of a child - before a child goes into the Swiss kindergarten or school. It is possible to develop sense of language during an early stage of his or her development.
  • To teach a child to read well by the syllables before he or she will learn to read in German or French.
  • Encourage your child to work with text, teach him or her to acquire information from the proposal, analyze it. Prevent your child from speaking ragged phrases.
  • Try to expand activities of a child when he or she is learning the language. Let your child to look for keywords, highlight words in the text, compose words from the syllables and texts from words. The main thing is to keep the process effective and help your child to maintain the joy of discovery.
  • Teach child the language through the natural process of communication - using new media, by creating emotional situations.

Some kind of project, new motivational idea or target may help to prevent rejection of the language during the transition period. For example, include into the learning process hobbies or interests of the child. (Learn the names of car brands in Russian, the rules of the game, the names of players and teams in Russian).

Prof. Elizaveta Hamraeva also highlighted an importance of attending Russian schools of additional education in pre-school and school ages. Such schools give an opportunity for children to communicate in Russian with their classmates, opportunity that parents cannot compensate.