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Elisaveta Siomicheva – Project

Russion without a dictionary

Together with a team of young producers, dramatists and artists, we have developed a project called “Russisch ohne Wörterbuch” (Russian without a dictionary). The project helps children with a migratory background to learn Russian through drama, storytelling and art practices. Together with the children, we told stories about ourselves, compiled our own vocabulary and drew comics about the life of migrant children in Russia. We worked together with Boarding School No. 28, in which 150 children and youths from crisis families and children from migrant families studied. Many of them did not speak Russian well. Not only did this have an impact on progress they were making in their school subjects, but they were also affected in their communication with others. Our courses helped the children to learn Russian with creative techniques, and without the dictionary.