The Center of Russian Language and Culture supports programs of Russian as a foreign language, fosters intercultural communication and maintains intercultural dialogue between Russian and foreign students.
The CRLC is provided with published, audio and video resources about Russia with the following specific topics:
- Russian Language
- Arts and Culture
- Science and Education
- Contemporary Russia
- textbooks, handbooks;
- Russian dictionaries, reference books, encyclopedias,
- books on Russian history, culture, arts.
2. Multimedia database:
- multimedia textbooks of Russian as a foreign language and country studies;
- e-programs of Russian language;
- classics of Russian film and modern Russian cinema;
- reference books, video excursions;
- free access to the specialized web resources.
The staff of the department develops in the research, methodological and other applied aspects such a line of the university activities, as teaching Russian as a foreign language, having its own traditions in Kazan and being so important in the framework of building interethnic communication and establishing an intercultural dialogue.
The Department of Russian as a Foreign Language (RFL) has a long history, its own traditions. For many years its staff - teachers and support staff - have been carrying out important and responsible work on language training for students, undergraduates, post-graduate students and trainees from near and far abroad.
The department is headed by Professor, Doctor of Philology, T.G. Bochina. In 2017 T.G. Bochina received the title of Honorary Professor of Beijing University of International Education, the department has been cooperating with since 1998.
The department unites experienced, highly qualified teachers and methodologists, among whom are assistant professors, PhD and candidates of philology U.V. Ageeva, L.M. Akhmetzyanova, E.M. Bastrikova, A.V. Bastrikov, Т.А. Burtseva, M.U. Varlamova, I.R. Galiulina, Т.А. Gimranova, E.I. Kolosova, V.A. Kosova, L.A. Moskaleva, A.N. Miftakhova, E.S. Palekha, I.A. Sadykova, A.R. Salakhova, E.V. Khabibullina, Т.S. Shakhmatova, V.N. Yapparova; senior lecturers, candidates of philology L.R. Akhmerova, T.I. Galeev, A.A. Ershova, U.V. Kapralova, senior lecturers V.A. Bogorodsky, U.Ya. Ziganshina; and young specialists – assistants, candidates of philology A.F. Gainutdinova, A.Z. Malikov, E.G. Shtyrlyna; assistants R.R Guzaerova, E.V. Kapustina, E.A. Makleeva, A.R. Rakhimova, A.V. Spiridonov, O.V. Starostina, Т.V. Uhanova, Zhao Yalin, Chen Yasin.
Assistance to the faculty on organizing the educational process and solving other issues related to the department's work is provided by senior laboratory assistant O.V. Mokeeva.
Annually more than 500 students study the Russian language at the department, including students from Turkey, Iran, China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Poland, Great Britain, the USA, Germany and many other countries. Foreign students with the help of teachers successfully adapt to the new learning and living conditions, join the great Russian culture, the country traditions of the studied language.
Implementing the program of student exchanges, the department conducts annual training of students from partner universities in China, semester training of students from partner universities in Europe, the United States and Japan. The student conference is held annually as well as the Olympiad in the Russian language among foreign students of Kazan, the Youth scientific and educational festival dedicated to the Day of the Russian language; the following clubs function at the department: the Club of the Russian song fans, the Discussion club and the Club of the Russian film lovers.
In 2017, the television program "Russian language over a cup of tea" was launched on Univer TV. The program is devoted to the culture of Russian speech and effective strategies of speech behavior. Teachers and students of KFU take part in the filming, the project being implemented jointly with the Higher school of journalism and media communications of KFU.
Also in 2017 the department actively began to master the new popular method of teaching students in the game form of the quest. Teachers of the department together with Russian-speaking students (future teachers of RFL) have developed several routes for foreigners, during which they get acquainted with grammar, vocabulary and syntax of the Russian language, and the participants also actively supplement and consolidate the information on the history and culture of Russia. The project is carried out in cooperation with museums of Kazan University.
In 2017 the program of the department "Russian as a Foreign Language" in the specialty "Philology" (specialty number 45.04.01) passed the public and international accreditation. As a result, the number of students has increased (more than 80 undergraduates), the geography of students has expanded (today students from China, Vietnam, Mali, Iran, Holland, Egypt, Hungary, Pakistan, Russia study according to the master's program of RFL).
Students have the opportunity to receive double diplomas.