May 10 at the International centre of the United Nations in Vienna (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) was held a Round table on the subject “Russian as a global language”, which was attended by teachers from 13 countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Moldova, Poland,Russia, Turkey, and Switzerland. The organizers were a well-known Austrian Methodist in the field of teaching Russian language as a foreign language, an employee of the University of applied Sciences of Vienna, prof. Dr.Sc. (Pedagogy) Anatoly Leonidovich Berdichevsky and Ass. Prof. Ph.D. in Pedagogy Natalia Nikolaevna Fefelova, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy.
The round table began with the opening speech of the organizers, in which they spoke about their work. Then followed the presentation of the participants. Further discussion took place in the working groups on the following issues:
1. What are the motives of learning Russian in the 21st century?
2. Is it possible to include Russian language in the language group marketing? If so, why?
3. What is the difference between a global language and a world language? Can Russian be classified as a global language and why?
4. What are the goals and content of teaching Russian as a global language?
5. What culture should be included in the content of teaching Russian as a global language?
After discussion of the thematic issues, each group presented the results of its work. A general discussion followed.
During the discussion, the trends of the XXI century were identified: development of national languages, communication of different cultures, approval of world languages, etc. The terms world language, global language, Lingua franca, market language, language of coexistence were defined. Global Russian as a foreign language is studied outside Russian culture as a means of coexistence.
The presentation of textbooks by prof. A.Berdichevsky took place. N. N. Fefelova presented a draft textbook on the Russian language “World in Russian”. The manual on Russian as the language of coexistence “World in Russian” is intended for students of courses from different countries working in foreign international organizations (UN, OSCE, UNESCO, IAEA, etc.), for whom Russian is the language of communication on various topics, both domestic and professional nature. In this case, the Russian language is for them the language of Lingua Franca (lingua franca) – international, not related to the history or structure of the language (extra-cultural state of the language).
Representatives of the Bulgarian of Russian studies, introduced the books: Elena Korchagina, Vladislav Lesnevski “Contact. Our address www.ru.” Russian language for the 9th grade. B1. Sofia, Lumen, 2018. – 143 p. ; Elena Korchagina, Vladislav Lesnevsky “Contact. Our address www.ru.” Russian for the 10th grade. B1. Sofia, Lumen, 2018. 152 p.
At the end of the Round table Professor A. L. Berdichevsky summed up the meeting. He stressed that Global language plays a very important role in bringing together all people around the world. Global language does not belong to one country and culture. It makes it possible to feel comfortable as participants in full-scale communication in the world, where people act primarily as a carrier of professional information of international level and global polylogue.