Gender Stereotypes in Teaching Aids on Russian as a Foreign Language for Beginners

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The paper brings up the issue of reflecting gender roles in textbooks for international students, investigates which concepts of men and women they can potentially form among foreign students on the basis of these teaching aids. The aim of the present study is to describe the gender roles of men and women in the textbooks of the Russian language for beginners. For that, it was necessary to solve a number of tasks, such as fixing examples of gender-characterized units in teaching aids; creating a system of categories for comparison and comparing the analysis results of all involved textbooks. The following methods of qualitative content analysis, classification method, comparison method were used in the work. Popular textbooks on Russian as a foreign language were taken for the analysis. This study makes it possible to investigate gender roles in Russian culture through the spectacle of the textbooks for foreigners, allowing us to get a new angle on the correlation of gender characteristics. The study can also be used by future textbook authors to further develop textbook characters in terms of their gender roles. The authors of the study conclude that textbook representations convey stereotypic ideas about the roles of men and women, but these images cannot be recognized as corresponding to extra-linguistic reality, which can potentially result in communication failures among foreign students when interacting with Russians.

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Natalya S. Artyukhova

Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazev (RSAU-MTTA)

Author for correspondence.
Email: artiuhova@rgau-msha.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0949-1902

Assistant professor of Department of Russian as a Foreign Language and General Theoretical Subjects of Institute of Economics and Management of Agroindustrial Complex

49, Timiryazevskaya str, Moscow, Russian Federation, 127550

Olga S. Saykina

Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazev (RSAU-MTTA)

Email: saikina-olga@yandex.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7886-6769

Assistant professor of Department of Russian as a Foreign Language and General Theoretical Subjects of Institute of Economics and Management of Agroindustrial Complex

49, Timiryazevskaya str, Moscow, Russian Federation, 127550

Anna A. Solovyeva

Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazev (RSAU-MTTA)

Email: yarlee@yandex.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9472-5966

Assistant professor of Department of Russian as a Foreign Language and General Theoretical Subjects of Institute of Economics and Management of Agroindustrial Complex

49, Timiryazevskaya str, Moscow, Russian Federation, 127550

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