A group of Mongolian schools teachers has visited the ISU Pedagogy Institute to addend special training courses. The course program is realized under the grant support of “Russian World” Fund. It was the first group of 55 teachers to attend classes of Russian language and literature teaching methods within the summer session of 2015.
Under the grant program “Training Courses for Russian Language (as a Foreign Language) Teachers” lecturers of philology and teaching methods department of the ISU Pedagogy Institute visit Mongolia and welcome Mongolian teachers at the Institute. In 2014 over 150 people attended the training courses at the ISU Pedagogy Institute, in 2015 other 40 Mongolian teachers came. ISU lecturers also gave classes in Russian language for 80 teachers in Mongolia.
Once again Mongolia intends to develop a Russian vector in its foreign policy, and the interest to Russia has risen significantly. This fact can explain why among Mongolians coming to the ISU Pedagogy Institute there are not only teachers (some of them speak Russian fluently), but school headmasters and administrative region’s heads. During a week they study Russian language and literature teaching methods.
Irina Boiko, the head of the organizing committee, associate professor of philology and teaching methods department at Humanities and Arts Faculty of the ISU Pedagogy Institute, commented that: In the group there were teachers that had progress during the previous courses. We were able to realize a very interesting program with them. Now the participants have a chance to share acquired knowledge with their colleagues in Mongolia. I should note that the participants are very clever and quick-minded, for example, they could make a real performance.
Mongolian teachers confessed that they really liked the course program and gave quite positive feedback: “we love you”, “we want to study more”, “Russia and Mongolia are friends”, etc.
Having graduated the course, the Mongolian teachers are awarded with certificates that enable them to teach Russian language in Mongolia.
The second group of teachers arrived in Irkutsk on August 4. They plan to have classes up to August 11.
Irkutsk State University being the first higher education institution in Eastern Siberia and Far East started training professionals for other countries in 1925. At that time the Ministry of Education of Mongolia sent a group of 7 people to Irkutsk. ISU formed a special preparatory course for this group, at first the course was aimed at training Mongolian citizens, but later it laid the foundation for a preparatory faculty. For 30 years more than 6000 foreigners have graduated the faculty.