Novgorod Birchbark Documents in Linguodidactic Issues of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2016, Vol. 2. №4

Novgorod Birchbark Documents in Linguodidactic Issues of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language

About the authors:

Natalia V. Labunets, Dr. Sci. (Philol.), Professor, Department of Russian Language and General Linguistics, University of Tyumen; eLibrary AuthorID,

Aurore V. P. Schmitt, Master Degree Student, Lorraine University (Nancy, France);


Introduction to the program of courses for foreign materials on the Russian contribution to the world cultural heritage is relevant and meaningful. Birch bark as part of the historical heritage of Novgorod is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The article raises the question of the need to include into the practice of teaching Russian as a foreign language a new linguistic and cultural power — the Novgorod birchbark documents (41 documents from XI-XIV centuries, the total amount: 164 sentences, 907 words). The study of ancient languages or individual codes — the Old Novgorod dialect — in a foreign audience has its own specifics. The Old Russian language, which is integrated into the general course of the Russian language for scholars, is taught in several universities in France, for example, Lorraine, TSU partner university. The article justifies the linguodidactic approach to use the Old Novgorod texts in teaching French philologists — specialists in the Russian philology.


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