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State of Russian in English education

12th April 2007

Dear all,
Mel Dadswell has asked me to circulate the following. If anyone can help,
please get in touch with him.
With best wishes

Anna

The duty has fallen to me to present a paper at a conference in
Teignmouth on 28 IV 07 to be entitled : Towards the GB-Russia Report on
the State of Russian in UK Schools and Universities. I hope to pick the
brains of all members and compile and convey a synopsis of their views.
It's envisaged to divide the paper thus:

1) A bref history of Russian teaching in UK. from beginning to present
(Does anyone know where and when it started?)

2) To examine trends – courses and student Nos over time. This is
problematic because the various authorities, aside fron having differing
computational bases, have frequently changed the bases on which they
present their statistics.

3) To look at the content of e.g. BA courses, and comment, on the basis of
GB-Russia members observations, on the present state of play and future
developments.

One member – Andrew Jameson – has been ploughing a similar strip and we
envisage combining our efforts for the final report.

Please do pass on your thoughts and any data you may have to me at
[removed] . It's towards your report – I'm only the donkey
glueing it all together and, needless to say, no one's paying me any dosh.
All contributions will be greatfully received and (unless otherwise
indicated) acknowledged. If there are any bees in bonnets –
pozhaluysta…

Very best wishes to all in the best English Spring ever.
Mel Dadswell

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