Take your students beyond the virtual walls to unique locations for live, participatory tours and visits, guest speakers, and/or workshops. Whether tea with a babushka, a cooking class, a walk down the street, or a visit to a grocery store - these authentic experiences and workshops allow students to interact with life in another culture.
I think this project is fulfilling my main goal – to get my students to overcome their psychological barrier of speaking and get reassurance that they can indeed can sustain a rather long conversation with a native speaker. I could see that they are more comfortable speaking and expressing rather complex ideas despite the grammatical mistakes, which, however, do not hinder the communication of the message.
I really liked the experience of talking with another Russian student and learning about the culture. I learned how diverse cities can be. St Petersburg is like none I have ever seen before. I really would consider studying abroad there.
We’re really grateful for the work SRAS is doing and consider them to be a valued partner.
My students are LOVING the poboltaem sessions.