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23 - 25 june 2011, Limassol (Cyprus)

From 24 to June 26, 2011 in Limassol (Cyprus) took place the final international seminar within the framework of the European project “Sputnik”, aimed at creating a network of professional contacts in the Russian language teaching in Europe.

The event was attended by delegations from Britain, Spain, the Netherlands, Slovenia and France.

Director of the School "Students of Pythagoras" Elena Drozdetskaya-Papadimitriou presented the school to the participants of the project and demonstrated fully equipped classrooms providing good learning conditions of students.

Elena Drozdetskaya mentioned that within two years she managed to organise private lessons for adults who are interested in Russian language.

During the seminar, Anna Pronina the Deputy Director presented a panorama of educational resources for learning Russian as a foreign language, and then the Cypriot partners presented their interactive guide, which consists of 15 thematic dialogues, intended for students (levels A1 and A2). These teaching materials were approved by all participants.

The seminar showed the professionalism of the Russian language teacher Svetlana Kirilova, which has presented the new interactive tools that aroused great interest among all project participants.

During the round table, the head of the French delegation and the project coordinator, Igor Zhukovsky in conjunction with the project participants summed up the results of the project “Sputnik” for 2009-2011. One of the major issues mentioned- is to disseminate the results of the project after its completion.

Olga Shterenshis, the Dutch partner, presented the instructions on the use of the Internet platform, which will welcome materials of the project reports, press releases, photographs. One page is in Russian, and the other in English.

The final report must be submitted before 30 September 2011.

As a part of cultural program, the participants visited the most important historical sites in Cyprus. In particular, they have been to the ancient city of Kourion and the castle of Richard the Lionheart, and with the help of Natalia and Valeri Zykov, specialists of Cyprus culture and history, the participants accomplished a pilgrimage to Orthodox churches.

The partners of the project and students showed their great during the guided tour to the monastery Kykkos (one of the richest monasteries in the world, which houses the icon of the Virgin by the Apostle Luke), the Monastery of St. John Lampadista and St. Nicholas Church. All these places are included in the UNESCO list of world heritage.