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Bilingualism in the modern world

Anastasia Ivanova, a teacher of the Kalinka Russian School, represented Luxembourg at the international scientific-practical conference entitled Bilingualism in the Modern World, which was held on March 22 in Parma and on March 23 in Milan. The participation of the Kalinka School in such a prestigious event became possible thanks to the financial support of its main sponsor, East-West United Bank.

The geography of the event was very wide. Specialists from Italy, America, England, Russia, Sweden, Germany, France, Israel took part in it. All of them are working on the issue of teaching the Russian language to bilingual and multilingual children outside of Russia.

Reports and presentations of diverse participants — from representatives of schools of complementary education and summer camps for children to professional speakers, researchers and specialists in bilingualism — turned out to be interesting and informative.

Anastasia Ivanova with the co-author of the Russian without Borders Book Series Marina Niznik (Israel).

The presentation of the Kalinka Russian School entitled Russian Language in the Context of Multilingualism of Luxembourg was dedicated to the creation and functioning of the school, innovative methods of teaching Russian language and culture in the multilingual environment of Luxembourg, traditional and new school events. Particular interest of the audience was raised by such issues as multilingualism, school organization and diversity of teaching methods.

The conference was marked by a very warm atmosphere thanks to the organizers — Polina Gelfreich, a lecturer at the University of Parma and the chairman of the Russian House — Italy Association, as well as the director of the Leo Tolstoy Russian School in Milan Svetlana Kotikova — and, of course, talented, open-minded and sociable participants. The event took place in beautiful and historical cities — Parma and Milan.

On the left: director of the Leo Tolstoy Russian School in Milan Svetlana Kotikova.

- It has been a great experience attending the conference on bilingualism in the modern world. This event broadened my circle of professional acquaintances. I discovered interesting online resources and learned a lot of things that would be very useful for our school and definitely help us generate some new pedagogical ideas and plans, Anastasia Ivanova said.