On the 31st of March in the framework of the Cross-Year of Culture of Great Britain and Russia 2014 a roundtable discussion “Mythbusters, or Stereotype Breakers” took place at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences. Grace Farquhar-Thomson, PetrSU student from Great Britain, and Xavier Martel, a student from Canada, were invited to the roundtable discussion.
The main goals of the event were, firstly, conversational practice with native speakers and, secondly, expanding of knowledge and ideas on the culture of Great Britain and other English-speaking countries.
The presentation «Our stereotypes about Britain» prepared by the third-year students of the International Relations Department opened the roundtable discussion. Ruslan Semenkov, the representative of the courses, was a host of the event. The first-, third- and fourth-year students of the International Relations Department and the first-year students of the Social Sciences Department participated in the roundtable discussion. Together with the foreign guests they discussed the stereotypes of interperseption of the Russians and the British in the process of intercultural communication. The Russian students displayed cognitive activity, well-developed foreign communicative competence and interest to the discussed issues.
During the discussion along with stereotypes other themes were discussed: 1) British, Canadian, American traditions and way of life; 2) Stereotypes about Russia; 3) Cultural differences between France and Great Britain; 4) Use of English interjections and their equivalents in the Russian language, and so on.
The international discussion was held in a friendly and emotional atmosphere. The students and the professors were glad to have an opportunity to communicate with the foreign guests. Such events help to understand better not only the peculiarities of the countries of the leant language but to look at our own culture from another angle.