Young Muscovites Welcome Year of German Language
- By Marina Marshenkulova
- Oct. 01 2014 00:00
Young and old enjoy bilingual theatre at the launch of the Year of German Language and Literature.
A twist on the word, zdravstvuy, greeted visitors to the hermitage garden for the launch of events to celebrate two tongues, in print, study and play.
Germany and Russia will be celebrating each other's languages and literature this year and next. The series of events is an extension of the years of Germany in Russia and of Russia in Germany, which began in 2012-2013.
Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and the Goethe Institut, the aim is to strengthen long-term bonds in cultural and educational spheres, and to promote the German language within the Russian education system, by showing its value in business and the arts.
Starting young has a special advantage in language learning and the program has a strong focus on youth. As well as professional development, the year of language and literature will promote early language learning, improving the training of teachers of German, as well as the training of writers, translators and publishers, especially in the field of art, and children's and young adult's literature.
Online resources from language games to audiovisual materials can be found with the keyword deutsch2014-2015.
The Year of German language and literature opened on September 13-14 with a major festival "German, cubed" which was held in Moscow's Hermitage garden. Children and adults had the opportunity to dive into the colorful world of the German language and literature with the help of theatre and dance, performances by |German bands and musicians, and readings by German authors. There were giant books, interactive art objects, children's lectures, and a poetry slam and many other exciting events during the festival.
Among the guests at the festival there were rap-poet Bas Böttcher, the legendary break-dancer Niels Robitzki, known under the pseudonym Storm, and German rapper, CRO. Younger guests of the festival could get acquainted with the German language in the game form during the open classes, take part in theatrical, artistic and scientific workshops and competitions. They also had a unique opportunity enter the world of German fairy tales with the help of visiting German animators.
As the year of literature and language continues, there will be: a forum of Russian teachers of German; a competition "The best German teacher in Russia, 2014" in seven categories; awards for the best German language interpreter; and book fairs for fiction and non-fiction literature.
In the first half of 2015, teachers of German from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok will be able to take part in traveling educational forums. German authors will hold readings in different cities, journalists, translators and writers will have their own events; students will compete in the Second Russian National Olympiad in the German language; the German-Russian University in Kazan will open; and an international youth environmental project will highlight the advances of both countries in this sphere.
Online resources include educational materials, tips for learning German, biographies of contemporary German authors, recommendations for readers, excerpts from fiction literature, interactive language games, audio and video materials, and also a large collection of links with other suggestions from the organizers and partners of the project.The official website of the year of language and literature in Russia is www.deutsch2014-2015.ru