Since 2009, the editorial board of the literary magazine for Russian-speaking children Malenkaya Kompaniya, together with the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), conducts annual Olympiadas of Spoken Russian for heritage speakers. Children from 7 to 17 can take part in the contest (there are various levels depending on the age, whether the child studies Russian at home or at school, and other factors). There are three exam boards: Oral Speech, Reading, and Civilization. Each participant is evaluated by all three boards. Rules and materials for the preparation are here (in Russian).
The first Olympiada took place in June 2009, and in April 2019 Malenkaya Kompaniya conducted the Eleventh Olympiada in New York City. 61 school students took part in the Olympiada, from 6 to 17 years old. 56 participants came directly to KidzHOME – House of Multicultural Education, and 5 more children took part in the Olympiada over Skype (from Singapore, California, Florida). You may see the results of the Eleventh Olympiada here.
The Twelfth Olympiada
of Spoken Russian
will take place on Sunday, April 26
Olympiada over Skype
Children who live outside the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and learning in Russian in Sunday (or Saturday) schools, can participate in the Olympiada over Skype. The Administration of the school needs to contact the organizing committee of the Olympiada beforehand.
Please visit the page of the Olympiada on Facebook.
1633 Sheepshead Bay Rd. , Brooklyn, NY 11235, Second Floor (next to the B, Q trains; buses: B36, B4, B49)
We invite sponsors of prizes and gifts for the winners of Olympiada.
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