In Tomsk, a lot of textbooks for Russian language learners was handed over to the citizens of Mongolia. A solemn ceremony was held in the Reception House of the governor. TPU and TSU students from Mongolia received books from Vice Governor of Tomsk Region Sergey Ilinykh. Totally, Tomsk residents collected over 2.5 items.
Tomsk Polytechnic University additionally printed 120 tutorials for beginners. The learning materials developed at the TPU Division for Russian Language not only feature the peculiarities of the Russian grammar, the development of reading and writing skills, etc. but also deliver information about Tomsk and TPU. They include many training texts devoted to TPU scientists as well as the history and modern days of the city and the University as such.
Among presented textbooks are the learning kit Full-forward! Russian as Foreign Language by O. Ulinykh, E. Poturaeva, the textbook Let’s Get Acquainted! Russian as Foreign Language. Beginners. Part 1 by V. Krasman, E. Poturaeva, Tests in Russian as Foreign Language (for migrant kids) by E. Kapelyushnik, E. Sherina.
In November 2017 the governor of the Uvs aimag (ed. – a province in Mongolia) Daiivniam Batsaikhan sent a letter to the governor Sergei Zhvachkin, in which he asked for Russian language and literature textbooks for his residents. The Tomsk Governor ordered the regional department of general education to organize the collection of textbooks for Mongolia. This was the birth of the large regional action The Russian Language for Mongolian Kids. The textbooks are supposed to be sent to Mongolia as soon as all documents are processed.
Evgeniya Sherina, Deputy Head of the Division for Russian Language told that Tomsk Polytechnic University has been actively working with international students, including Mongolian learners, for over 20 years:
‘TPU immediately responded to the call to participate in the regional action. Our division is greatly experienced in the design of Russian language learning materials; we selected the most appropriate ones and printed out an additional edition. By the way, currently, we plan to develop a Russian language textbook based on the Mongolian language.
Our University is doing a great job to attract international students from Mongolia and select the most talented. For example, in Mongolia and other countries the Olympiad Your First Success is annually held, which makes it possible to identify the best candidates to enter TPU. I should note that TPU students from Mongolia are sociable, meaningful, and actively participate in social events. They learn Russian well and with pleasure. This year, two girls won two prestigious Russian Language Olympiads in the cities of Oryol and Moscow.
The Russian Language for Mongolian Kids action is very relevant and timely. The level of Russian language proficiency in Mongolia is getting lower every year. Teaching English is getting a priority at Mongolian schools. I am sure that the gift of Tomsk residents will enable to strengthen the interest in learning the Russian language. In our turn, we plan to continue and develop such cooperation with Mongolian citizens.’
This year, 25 students from Mongolia study Russian at the TPU Preparatory Department.