Winner of The XIX Pushkin International Competition for Russian Language Teachers - Kima Vanesqehyan
Kima Vanesqehyan was recognized as one of the winners of the XIX Pushkin International Competition for Russian Language Teachers. This year's Competition winners were announced on June 6, on Alexander Pushkin’s 220th birthday anniversary.
Kima Vanesqehyan is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Russian Literature at Russian-Armenian University and working as a teacher of the Russian language at Ayb School.
In her winning work, Kima Vanesqehyan explained how she managed to introduce a contemporary side of Alexander Pushkin’s poems to middle school students by comparing the masterpiece poems to rap lyrics and showcasing their poetic rhythm. She challenged her students to compose their own rap versions of Pushkin's poems. “As long as Pushkin can inspire children who were brought up watching YouTube bloggers and rap battles to create their own pieces, he stays as relevant as ever”, she mentions.
The Competition aims to support the brightest international Russian language teachers. Throughout the years, it has gathered more than 6,000 teachers as participants, while 900 became winners.
The XIX Pushkin International Competition for Russian Language Teachers was organized jointly by “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” and Moscow Municipality through the support of the Russian Center of Science and Culture.