USU plays host to National French language competition for high school students
On March 30 – April 3, Ulyanovsk State University hosted the 6th annual French language competition that drew over 200 high school students from 54 regions of Russia.
The competitors took a series of oral and written tests on French vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. The social and cultural activities for the participating students included visits to Lenin’s Memorial Center, the main city library and School education museum located in the oldest city school built in the19th century.
Among the honorary guests at the event was Veronica Jobert, a Sorbonne professor of Russian, whose mother was born in our region and managed to pass her passion for Russian literature on to her daughter. Prof. Jobert gave a presentation of her newly-published book titled «A Russian family in the vortex of change» describing the trials and tribulations her family members have had to go through over the past two centuries.
Forty nine of the entrants were recognized by the jury for their commendable French skills. Upon graduation form high school, each of them will be exempted from obligatory college entrance tests, should they decide to enroll in a French language-related degree program anywhere in Russia. Four top entrants will embark on their trip to France this summer.
The award ceremony, which was held at a major city venue, the Folk Cultures Center, featured performances by USU linguistics and art students, as well as popular local artists, such as Ulyanovsk symphony orchestra, pop ballet, circus studio.