The Po-Russki project


*  Po-Russki meens ‘in Russian’

The Fund for the 150th Anniversary of Regular Legislative Work in Finland encourages Finns to study Russian language and culture and supports the teaching. The anniversary fund, which the Finnish Parliament has donated for the said purpose, is managed by Cultura Foundation. Learn more:

The Foundation has granted a funding for SMY’s Po-Russki -project, which corresponds with the purpose of the grant. The project originates both from the needs of the immigrant members and from the Finn’s wishes to learn Russian. In the project, Russian is taught to children as a second mother tongue and to adults as a foreign language. The project aims to create a positive environment emphasizing the importance of Russian language and culture. It is always relevant to create good relations between neighbouring countries; the understanding and knowledge of Russian culture are increased in Pori and Satakunta.

Po-Russki –project:

– increases the popularity of Russian laguage studies among Finns

– improves the understanding of Russian culture in Finland

– helps to support the language and culture of immigrants.

– builds a multicultural Satakunta in a positive manner

– develops the Russian language knowledge to meet the requirements of the working life

– encourages bilingual children to speak Russian

In many families the parents come from two different cultures, the other being Finnish and the other from another culture (Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and so on). The backround cultures are from several different countries, all united by Russian language.

WEEKLY LANGUAGE NESTS see schedule here

For adults and young people:

“Learn by talking”. Teaching for beginner level and advanced groups using a new, efficient technique. Russian is taught in a practical everyday level so that the participants can start using the language right away.

For children:

“Let’s speak Russian” language and literature groups for 5 to 13 years old. Studying language at a second mother tongue stage and developing vocabulary through folk art, tradition and literature.

“Fairy tale world” Russian folk stories for 7 to 12 years old. Reading, conversations and analysing improve the development of language and analytical skills. Stuffed toys (the characters of a table theatre) are sewed by own hands at a class and used in the fairytale puppet theatre. The theatre shows are organised to all the children of language nests, participants of the clubs, and their families.

“Let’s sing in Russian” Russian music groups for 3 to 5 years old. The vocabulary is increased through Russian folk- and children’s songs. Music supports the language skills of small children. The main idea is connecting music, movement and speech, which improves the correct pronunciation and prevents speech disorders.


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