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Olympiada of Spoken Russian

Do you speak Russian?

Olympiada of Spoken Russian is an annual event sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) and held at George Mason University.

Why should you take part in this Olympiada?

The Olympiada provides a great opportunity for students to gain confidence in Russian speaking skills and to demonstrate their knowledge of Russian civilization, and to be recognized for their efforts to master a very challenging language while meeting other Russian-speaking students.

Eligibility:

All American high school and middle school students from ages 10 and older from VA counties, who learn Russian as a foreign language or speak Russian as a heritage language are eligible to participate.

Categories for registration:

  • Regular (Russian as a foreign language students);
  • Heritage Learners (students who arrived in the United States up to and including age 10, from countries where Russian is a required language in school or is spoken by a sizable portion of the population);
  • Native Speakers (students who arrived in the United States after the age of 10 from countries where Russian is a required language or is spoken by a sizable portion of the population).

Structure of the Olympiada:

The Olympiada is held in the format of a conversation on interesting topics in Russian, including an oral interview, poem recital, and topic presentation. To successfully take part in the competition, the young participant must pass through several thematic stations, the complexity of which is determined by his/her level of knowledge of the language declared during registration.

Dates:

State and regional Olympiada competitions take place throughout the United States from February through May. Follow our calendar to save the date!

How can I prepare for the contest?

All the preparation materials are available online. Participants should be also ready to answer questions about the geography, history and culture of Russia. Please follow the link to learn more about Olympiada Preparation Materials>>.

Our teachers will be happy to help everyone to challenge themselves and inspire them to test their skills in this active and lively event.

Awards:

The participants may earn gold, silver, or bronze medals in recognition of their language proficiency. Gold medal winners in the U.S. are eligible to compete in the International Olympiada held in Moscow every third or fourth year.

Registration fee: $15.