PSU Contributes to International Dictation in German

Perm State University has performed as an open platform for the All-Russian action “Tolles Diktat ‘2021”. Traditionally, the dictation in German marks the International Mother Language Day, celebrated on 21 February. The dictation was conducted by the Department of Linguodidactics, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, PSU.

In 2021, the participants on our site outnumbered 25 people – school children and college students of the 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th grades, coming from those Perm schools our Faculty cooperates with. The quality of students’ works has improved, too; they made fewer mistakes compared to 2020.

“The dictation results testify for modern trends of the language space – the desire of our children to live in a multicultural and multilingual world,”

notes Ekaterina Kupriyanicheva, teacher of the Department of Linguodidactics, Head of the Innovative Pedagogical Resources Office, PSU.

The original dictation texts were read by Katrin Köpke, Associate Professor at the Department of Linguodidactics, a native speaker from Germany. So, the participants had a unique opportunity to hear the live German speech.

“This year, I was especially pleased to see new participants studying German as the second foreign language – besides those, who had chosen it as a primary one. This speaks of the interest of modern youth in learning several foreign languages. That for sure opens new horizons and expands boundaries of their opportunities,”

comments Katrin Köpke.

The all-Russian “Tolles Diktat ’2021” is held by the Association of Public Associations “International Union of German Culture” (Internationaler Verband der deutschen Kultur) , the Regional State Autonomous Institution of Culture “Tomsk Regional Russian-German House” and the “Deutsch Online” German Language School, with the support of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs of the Russian Federation (Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs). The event had been initiated by the Tomsk Regional Russian-German House, the “Tolles Diktat” held annually since 2013.

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