Language Policy and its Reflection in Teaching Russian at the Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) in Prague

Drahoslava Kšandová, Kateřina Elisová

Abstrakt

Nationwide teaching of Russian within all types of schools ended in the Czech Republic after 1989. Russian, along with other foreign languages then ranked among the optional subjects. This also happened at our university after the revolution where teaching of Russian was not interrupted, even though the number of students dropped drastically. A significant increase in the number of students interested in the Russian language was observed at the turn of the millennium. Students have perceived that Russian is among the most widespread Slavic languages and as a world language; it is used in various spheres of international communication.

Klíčová slova

communicative goal; curriculum; language competencies; Russian and the labour market; the Russian language at CULS; students’ motivation; the status of the Russian language in the world

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