On the basis of the Resource Center of Modern Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages of the Department of Foreign Languages of Humanities, a joint group project “10 reasons to visit the Republic of Karelia” is continuing in the media space for those who are studying in the direction of training “Tourism”.
The project was prepared and is being implemented under the guidance of the head. KIYAGN, Doctor of Philosophy I.E. Abramova and Art. teacher KIYAGN O.O. Nikolaeva.
Within the framework of the virtual project, first-year students, future specialists in the hospitality industry, exchange experience in attracting tourists to our northern region with their senior colleagues, which contributes to the development of forms of professional cooperation between undergraduates and bachelors.
In the course of their work, students (16 bachelors and 6 undergraduates) united in mini-groups (classification by types of tourism became the criterion for selection) and organized the study of the topics they chose, the reasons for visiting the republic. Among the main and most popular were named such recognized tourist brands as the Kizhi Museum-Reserve, Ruskeala marble canyon, Vottovaara Mountain, Paanajarvi National Park, Karelian petroglyphs (Belomorskie, Onega), Valaam archipelago and Solovetsky Islands, volcano “Girvas”, waterfalls “Kivach” and “Yukankoski” (White bridges) and some others. Interacting with each other, the members of the working groups search and analyze text, audio and video materials on local history in accordance with the declared topic and tourism focus,
In addition, members of the mini-groups pay special attention to the unusual format of digital presentations in a foreign language, made in the mainstream of scientific discourse, and the important features inherent in such messages: clear structure, consistency, information content and the presence of clearly formulated conclusions from scientific research. Students also note the non-trivial visual design of digital stories, which plays a significant role in the perception of the material.
The project will continue until the end of the academic year and involves the involvement of its participants in various forms of joint activities (thematic master classes, seminars, videos for the Instagram social network and some others). The result of the project will be the creation of a YouTube channel, on which all the works of the participants will be posted.
Employees of the Resource Center for Modern Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages express the hope that carrying out such projects on a regular basis will not only allow to establish stable educational cooperation between students and motivate them to expand their language horizons, but will also attract students’ attention to the ethnocultural potential of the Republic of Karelia as a factor that can develop into the competitive advantage of our region in the field of tourism.