Тема / Топик по английскому языку:
Education in the Russian Federation

Russians have always shown a great concern for education. The right to education is stated in the Constitution of the Russian Federation. It is ensured by compulsory secondary schools, vocational schools, and higher education establishments. It is also ensured by the development of extramural and evening courses and the system of state scholarships and grants.

Education in Russia is compulsory up to the 9th form inclusive. The stages of compulsory schooling in Russia are: primary education for ages 6-7 to 9-10 inclusive; secondary education including intermediate school for ages 10-11 to 12-13 inclusive, and senior school for ages 13-14 to 14-15 inclusive. If a pupil of a secondary school wishes to go on in higher education, he or she must stay at school for two more years. Primary and secondary school together comprise 11 years of study. Every school has a «core curriculum» of academic subjects, such as Russian, Literature, Mathematics, History, a foreign language and others. Lyceums and gymnasiums offer programs giving a profound knowledge in some field of study.

After finishing the 9th form one can go on to a vocational school which offers programmes of academic subjects and a programme of training in a technical field, or a profession.

After finishing the 11th form of a secondary school, a lyceum or a gymnasium one can go on in higher education. All applicants must take competitive examinations. Higher education institutions, that is, institutes or universities, offer a 5-year programme of academic subjects for undergraduates in a variety of fields, as well as a graduate course. If one finishes a graduate course and writes a thesis, he or she receives a candidate’s degree or a doctoral degree.

Higher educational establishments are headed by Rectors. Prorectors are in charge of academic and scientific work. An institute or a university has a number of faculties, each specializing in a field of study. Faculties have specialized councils which confer candidate and doctoral degrees.

The system of secondary and higher education in Russia is going through a transitional period. The main objectives of the reform are: to decentralize the higher education system, to develop a new financial mechanism, to give more academic freedoms to faculties and students. All secondary schools, institutes and universities until recently have been funded by the state. Now there is quite a number of private fee-paying primary and secondary schools; some universities have fee-paying departments.

Topical Vocabulary

- to show a great concern for education
придавать большое значение образованию
the right to education
право на образование
to be stated
отмечаться, констатироваться
to be ensured by smth.
обеспечиваться чем-либо
compulsory
обязательный
a secondary school
средняя школа
a vocational school
училище
a higher education establishment
вуз
an extramural course
заочное обучение
an evening course
вечернее обучение
state scholarships and grants
государственные стипендии
- inclusive
включительно
a stage
этап
compulsory schooling
обязательное школьное обучение
primary education
начальное образование
secondary education
среднее образование
intermediate school
средние классы
senior school
старшие классы
to go on in higher education
продолжать образование в вузе
a core curriculum
основная программа
an academic subject
академический предмет
a lyceum
лицей
a gymnasium
гимназия
to give a profound knowledge
давать углубленные знания
- a programme of training in smth.
программа подготовки по какому-либо предмету
- an applicant
абитуриент
to take competitive examinations
сдавать конкурсные экзамены
a higher education institution
вуз
an undergraduate
студент
a graduate course
аспирантура
a thesis
диссертация
a candidate degree
степень кандидата наук
a doctoral degree
степень доктора наук
- to be headed by Rector
возглавляться ректором
to be in charge of academic and scientific work
отвечать за учебную и научную работу
a faculty
факультет
a specialized council
специализированный совет
to confer a degree
присваивать степень
- to go through a transitional period
находиться в переходном периоде
an objective
цель
to decentralize smth.
уничтожить централизацию в чем-либо
to develop a new financial mechanism
создать новый финансовый механизм
to be funded by the state
финансироваться государством
a private school
частная школа
a fee-paying school
платная школа

Answer the questions:

  1. What is the right to education in Russia ensured by?
  2. What are the stages of compulsory schooling in Russia?
  3. What programmes of study do different types of school in Russia offer?
  4. What is a vocational school?
  5. What is necessary for entering a higher education establishment?
  6. What degrees can one get at a higher education establishment?
  7. What is the structure of an institute or a university?
  8. How can you prove that education in Russia is going through a transitional period?

Translate into English:

  1. Право на образование, записанное в конституции, доказывает, что в России придается большое значение образованию.
  2. Существует два этапа обязательного школьного образования в России: начальное образование и среднее образование.
  3. Обязательное среднее образование в России состоит из двух этапов: средние классы и старшие классы.
  4. Во всех школах есть основная программа; лицеи и гимназии предлагают академические программы и программы, дающие углубленные знания в одной из областей.
  5. Поступающие в вуз должны закончить 11 классов средней школы и пройти через конкурсные вступительные экзамены.
  6. После окончания курса аспирантуры и написания диссертации аспирант получает степень кандидата наук.
  7. Во время переходного периода меняется финансовый механизм образования: появляются частные школы и платные отделения в институтах.

Посмотреть ответы

1. The right to education, stated in the Constitution, proves that Russians show a great concern for education.
2. There are two stages of compulsory schooling in Russia: primary education and secondary education.
3. Compulsory secondary schooling in Russia consists of two stages: intermediate school and senior school.
4. Every school has a core curriculum; lyceums and gymnasiums offer programs of academic subjects and programs, giving profound knowledge in a field of study.
5. Applicants must finish 11 forms of a secondary school and take competitive entrance exams.
6. After finishing a graduate course and writing a thesis, a graduate student receives a candidate’s degree.
7. During the transitional period a new financial mechanism is being developed: private schools and fee-paying departments of universities appear.

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