The Chair of Russian and Slavonic Linguistics
History of the Chair
The Chair of Russian and Slavonic Linguistics was officially instituted at the University in 2006 as a result of the mergence of two chairs: The Chair of Russian language and the Chair of Russian language practice.
The history of Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences is closely connected with the history of the foundation of the Chair of Russian language. The history of the Chair reflects the whole development of the University.
March of 1935 is marked as the start of a new establishment – a higher educational institution named State Russian Two-year Teachers` Institute. M. Shiukov, the first headmaster of the institute as well as A. Galustov, vice-director were among the first ones to make a considerable contribution to the initial activities of the establishment. The newly founded institute was aimed at preparing teachers of Russian language and Literature. Classes at the preparatory course began on March 20, 1935, the first students were enrolled in August, 1935.
In 1936 the Chair of Russian language headed by R. Melkumyan, Phd (Candidate of Philology) was instituted. He managed to surround himself with the followers, highly qualified specialists who succeeded in teaching young outstanding professionals as M. Kuchkulyan, M. Khalatova, I. Vardapetov, R. Manucharyan (PhD/doctor of Philology, Prof.), Associate Professors G. Gharibyan, E. Bagaturova and others. They are the pioneers of Russian studies in Armenia, scholars who represent Armenian science at various linguistic and methodological forums, conferences on the theory of Russian language, methodology of teaching Russian, contrastive linguistics. Later the chair was headed by G. Samvelyan (Doctor of Philology, Prof.), A. Markosyants (Doctor of Philology, Prof.), N. Chirkinyan (PhD/ Candidate of Philology, Associate Prof.), L. Markosyan (PhD/ Candidate of Philology, Associate Prof.).
Instituted in 1979 by N. Arakelyan (PhD/ Candidate of Pedagogy, Prof.) the Chair of Russian Speech Practice was reorganised in 2006 into a section named “Practical Russian”. Shortly afterwards it was incorporated into the newly founded Chair or Russian and Slavonic Linguistics.
Since 2015 the Chair of Russian and Slavonic Linguistics has been headed by Nina Tatkalo (Doctor of Pedagogy, Prof.).
Nowadays the staff of the chair consists of experienced and qualified lecturers as well as talented young specialists. Many of them are the graduates of Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences. A number of proficient lecturers of the older generation graduated from and defended their PhD thesis at the higher educational institutions in Moscow and other cities of Russian Federation.
The academic endeavors of the Chair include Contrastive studies (Russian, Armenian, English, etc.), Core Issues of Russian Linguistics, Language Policy, Core Issues of Methodology of teaching/learning Russian (content, forms and methods of teaching/learning).