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28 October 2009

He, who does not know any foreign language, has no notion about his own

Dynamic changes in the modern rapidly globalizing world, the Internet wide spread occurrence raises the profile of foreign languages as well as makes learning languages actual. For the purpose of supporting languages diversity, bilingualism, and development of languages teaching in the world, since 2001 European Day of languages has been celebrated at the initiative of the Council of Europe.

On September 26, 2009 is the first time when the Regional Center for German Languages and Cultures of TPU joined the celebration. The event marked the beginning of German Language Week in the Institute for International Education and Language Communication of TPU, which with reason was considered to be the opening of German language time in Tomsk.

The main subject of the German Languages Week became the 20th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall. In order to acquaint Tomsk students with events of those years, the Center prepared historical quiz and presentation devoted to fall of the Berlin Wall and life of German people in the divided Germany. The representatives of German partner organizations of TPU told students of Tomsk universities about problems which Germany and the whole world faced in those years.

The fall of the Berlin Wall presentation was held as well in senior classes in Severs, Tomsk, Tomsk region schools. Prospective students got to know about opportunities of learning of German language at Tomsk Polytechnic University and about the chances of further use of German language in their education and professional occupation.

During the German Language Week a student Association of German Language Teachers in Tomsk Region under the auspices of the Regional Center for German Language and Culture arranged and held several workshops titled “Study in Germany: Tomsk students’ experience”.

Due to the events students and senior pupils were able to appreciate the advantages of knowledge of German language for their future career and personal growth.

In the nearest future the Center for German Language and Culture is going to open a holiday language school where students can take a dive into interaction in German language, discuss stirring issues of social life with the representatives of German partner organizations of TPU and representatives of Robert Bosch Foundation from Kemerovo. The School is planning to hold an international conference under the auspices of German partners – German educational programmes graduates union «Hallo deutschland!».


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