Being the largest country in the world Russia is quite popular with foreign citizens. Millions of foreign tourists come to Russia every year. They are going to see the Pushkin and Dostoevsky homeland, admire Russian ballet and Russian architecture.
Great amount of people learns about Russia from Hollywood films and Western media news. However, the information they receive is not always true. So there are different stereotypes like bears walking along the streets, people wearing special hats with earflaps (so-called ushanka) and drinking another kind of drinks then just tea or coffee. The most common stereotypes are mafia, spies, Russian beauties and communists. For example, Russia seems to be a big forest for people from South Africa and you can easily meet bears and wolves everywhere.
The stereotype that terrible frost reigns in Russia all year round is very common among tourists. The Japanese even bring warming plasters with them even in summer - and they are very surprised at the 30-degree heat. At the same time many tourists expect to see Muscovites in national Russian clothes: sheepskin coats, felt boots and fur hats. It becomes a real shock when they see fashionably dressed people in membrane clothing or, for example, in a thin hat in winter.
So we decided to attract the foreign tourists’ attention to the historical heritage of our Motherland. We are convinced if foreign tourists learn more about Russian national features, some of the stereotypes will be broken.
Moreover, the problem of patriotic education is one of the most actual today. To love your homeland is to know and to admire its history, symbols and cultural heritage. In today's multicultural world, every person should be able to tell a foreigner about his homeland, show how he/she is proud of his/her country.
The aim of the project is to create an Internet page with main Russian items (unofficial symbols) presented in alphabetical order.
To achieve the aim we set the next goals (you can see them on the board):
Speaking about long-term results of our project we hope it helps to change the way of thinking about Russia as a country of bears, cold weather and unfriendly people.
That is why we want our project to help foreign people to become better acquainted with our multi-faceted country and, perhaps, to destroy some of the existing stereotypes.
Everybody knows the official Russian symbols. These are flag, state emblem and anthem. At the same time there are so-called unofficial symbols - something Russia is associated with in its citizens’ minds. These can be divided into several groups:
• people who glorified our country;
• famous places;
• great achievements;
• natural monuments: high mountains, deep rivers, huge lakes;
• household items;
• toys, musical instruments, clothing;
• plants and animals.
All these attributes are an integral part of culture, distinguishing our country among others.
To make the list of the most popular unofficial symbols, we decided to organized the voting among the teenagers. The voting was attended by users of the social network VK. People voted for the most popular Russian symbols according to different groups. As a result, the most famous symbols of our country were named. We had a goal to present them on the Internet Page.
Items we got were placed on the site, arranging in the alphabetical order from A to Z.
On the slide you can see the mainpage of the site.
Our website consists of the mainpage and sub-pages. On each page there is a description, an image of the symbol and even some videos. Site navigation is simple and convenient in its usage. There is a navigation menu. If you want to learn some information about items on different letters you should just click on the essential button and go.
For example, we want to learn about the item on letter C. It is CHEBURASHKA.
Cheburashka is a character invented by the writer Eduard Ouspensky in 1966 as one of the main characters of the book “Crocodile Gena and His Friends” and its sequels. After the release of the animated film the character became widely known. In the original version of the book outwardly represented a clumsy ugly creature with small ears and brown hair, walking on its hind legs. The well-known, good-natured image of Cheburashka with big ears and big eyes.
The goal of our work was connected not only with breaking the stereotypes about Russia, but also with spiritual development and ourselves’ enrichment. Working on the project we discovered a lot of new things our country is rich in and once again admired it.
The created product can be used in foreign language lessons as an additional material for studying linguae-cultural topics related to Russia, and it is also intended for foreign citizens who are going to visit our country or want to get acquainted with some of its features.
Of course, we hope that our project will give the opportunity to show another side (shade?) of our country. In our opinion, it’s important that we were able to make this step, even though it is small for the world, but really huge for us.
A – Arbat Street
B – Borshch
C – Cheburashka
D – Dacha
F – Fufaika
G – Gagarin
H – Holodets
I – Izba
J – Jar-Bird
K – Kokoshnik
L – Lapti
M – Matryoshka
N – Nekrasov
O – Orenburg shawl
P – Pirogi (special pies)
R – Rakhmaninov
S – Samovar
T – Troyka
U – Ushanka
V – Valenki
Y – Yasnaya Polyana
Z – ‘Zelenka’