Linguistic and didactic potential of social networks in teaching Russian as a foreign language

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Currently, online learning materials in Russian as a foreign language have been actively developed, which set the task of learning through various functions of social services that are popular in the modern world. The aim of the research is to identify and justify the linguodidactic potential of social networks as a means of teaching Russian as a foreign language based on the analysis of their functions and the communicative needs of users. The material of the study included different types of social services, which present educational materials for teaching Russian, available through information retrieval systems. Theoretical (analysis, comparison) and diagnostic (pedagogical observation, oral interviews with teachers and students) methods were used. The obtained results determine the specifics of teaching and learning Russian as a foreign language in social networks. The authors characterize different social groups (age, interests, communication needs), focused on the use of digital resources for learning Russian. The use of social services in teaching Russian considers communicative needs of students, their interests, implements a sociocultural approach to learning, significantly increases the number of students learning Russian, contributes to the promotion of the Russian language on the Internet.

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Elkhan G. Azimov

Pushkin State Russian Language Institute

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3282-9177

Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation, PhD, Professor, Professor of the Department of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language

6 Akademika Volgina St, Moscow, 117485, Russian Federation

Natalia V. Kulibina

Pushkin State Russian Language Institute

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4843-1403

PhD, Professor, Head of the Scientific and Methodological Department, Office of Innovation and Continuing Education

6 Akademika Volgina St, Moscow, 117485, Russian Federation

Venin Van

Qiqihar University

teacher of Russian as a foreign language Jianhua District, Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, 161006, People's Republic of China


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