On behalf of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and St Petersburg State University, we are pleased to welcome you at the webpage of the Online Olympiad in Russian as a Foreign Language!
It is no secret that in the learning process, especially in the process of learning a foreign language, objective assessment and timely feedback on individual progress is of the utmost importance. Not only tests and exams can provide this feedback, but also the Olympiad.
The tradition of holding competitions and challenges to select the best-of-the-best originates from ancient times. And very soon it became strikingly obvious that such competitions can be contests of physical as well as mental dexterity. In other words, the same principle can be applied to many other areas.
Conducting academic competitions in Russia, at St Petersburg University, is a time-honoured tradition. It was in 1937 that the first academic Olympiad was held at the University.
Russia is truly one of the most beautiful and amazing countries in the world. And St Petersburg is rightfully considered one of Russia’s gems. We understand that while many have a sincere desire to come to St Petersburg to participate in the Russian language competitions, few have the opportunity to do this. Nonetheless, we do believe that people who study the language of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky in the world are special. Luckily, the cutting-edge technologies of the 21st century have come to the rescue.
Combining the centuries-old heritage of St Petersburg University and the experience and expertise of its leading academics in the field of Russian as a foreign language with advanced Internet technologies, we are proud to present a joint project of the Ministry of Education of Russia and St Petersburg University – the First Online Olympiad in Russian as a Foreign Language! Now everyone can remotely demonstrate their knowledge and competencies and receive an objective assessment of the work done.
We hope you will find our online Olympiad not only an effective tool to test yourself, but also to boost your self-confidence. This is also an opportunity to make certain that the challenging, yet exciting and rewarding experience of learning the Russian language is the choice of your heart.
Registration for the International Online Olympiad will begin shortly.
One of the prizes for the finalists of the International Online Olympiad will be the opportunity to take the internationally recognised Test free of charge.
The tasks of the first round of the Olympiad in both age groups are an online test of vocabulary and grammar of the Russian language, as well as tasks after the text, which test the participant’s ability to understand the main idea and the details of what they read.
As a part of the first round of the Olympiad, the participant will need to perform tasks where you need to choose only one option, and tasks with multiple choices (2-3 options). The time for completing tasks is limited, for each part it is different.
The second round of the Olympiad in both age groups also is an online test, which tests the participants' knowledge of the lexical, syntactic, grammatical norms of the Russian language.
Moreover, the tasks will include several literary texts to check how participants can understand the general idea, plot and details of what has been read and its interpretation. As in the first round, the time for completing tasks will be limited.
The test is built on the principle from simple to complex, at the beginning are the simplest tasks, then it becomes more difficult.
You can check the demonstration tasks of the International Online Olympiad in Russian as a Foreign Language here.
Good luck at the Olympiad!
The primary purpose of the Olympiad is to develop and foster interest in the Russian language and culture and nurture respect for them in the world. We also seek to raise awareness of the significance of Russian as a language of intercultural communication.
Based on the results of the Olympiad, the best of the best will receive prizes, as well as the opportunity to take the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) and obtain a certificate, which is the only official document certifying the level of proficiency in Russian as a foreign language in accordance with the Common European Language Competences (CEFR).