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Russian Students Visit Banbury Crossroads

Tue, 06/07/2016
In this picture: RUSS 361 students with the teachers of Banbury Crossroads School

On April 21, 2016, students from Dr. Irina Shilova's Russian (RUSS) 361 course, visited the Banbury Crossroads School where they gave a presentation on the lives and works of Russian writers, Mikhail Bulgakov and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Banbury students from different grade levels and classes attended the presentations, given by former RUSS 361 students: Adrian Zarbatany, Maria Manina and Julie Newman. Understanding the difficulties which students in school often meet when learning about the complex history and culture of the former Soviet Union and Russia, the presenters carefully constructed the lecture using relevant music and video, as well as elements of an interactive game. Their main goal was to covey the historical and social context in which the famous writers produced their most important works.

The university student presenters were impressed by the very interesting questions which the Banbury students asked regarding social life and the political climate of the former Soviet Union. The questions showed how knowledgeable and well-read the students of Banbury school are.

Written by: Dr Irina Shilova
Edited by: Francey Pisicoli