"Although Cyprus is not on the list of anti-Russian countries, the status of the Russian language on the island leaves much to be desired: it is not taught in any university in the country, it is rarely chosen as a second foreign language in public schools (with compulsory English as the first), preferring German , French or Spanish, "- wrote in his essay participant of the 18th International Pushkin Contest" RG "" Language without sanctions. "Is courage or professionalism required today for a teacher of Russian studies?" a teacher of Russian from Cyprus Olga Logutenkova.
According to official data, the Russian-speaking population of Cyprus is 15 percent, while the number of children studying Russian as a native is negligible, reports Olga. "The aspiration to assimilate as soon as possible and successfully integrate into the local community forces parents to send their children to state Greek schools or private English-speaking ones, which have already jokingly started to be called" Russian-speaking "on the island, since on average one 5-7 Russian "- complains the teacher and notes that often parents have to change their minds about the education of children and then they bring them to the general education school at the Russian embassy in the city of Paphos, where she works. There are about 70 children studying there. And teachers have to "fight against false stereotypes and cliches, which are sometimes no less effective than the notorious anti-Russian sanctions," because they live in the minds of students.
"Our students, the children of compatriots, are sometimes hostile to everything Russian, they can not and do not want to understand why they need to learn Russian if they do not intend to return to Russia." They demonstrate a perfect knowledge of English and their love for everything foreign, on the one hand, and a disdainful attitude to the Russian - on the other, "- shares his observations of the teacher.
According to Olga, here it is certainly "bare" technique is not able to give the desired results, but combining it with patience, love for your work, professionalism and a certain amount of courage, it is possible to achieve the word "Russia" and the Russian language found would have a warm response in the soul of these children.
However, in Cyprus there is another, interested contingent of students. Many Cypriots begin to learn the Russian language, perceiving it as a tool for career growth.
"Most of them, enrolling in Russian language courses, choose an accelerated training program, limiting themselves to the minimum vocabulary acquired in the classroom and the standard phrases necessary for the job," the teacher writes.
According to Olga, local residents are peaceful and know Russian cultural traditions and language they want to avoid conflict situations, which foreign employees of the service sector, who for the first time encountered Russian tourists, got into.