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Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 12:00 EST

New England Olympiada of Spoken Russian is a speech contest which invites students of New England colleges and universities to showcase their speaking skills in Russian. It is an opportunity for you to:
  • test your knowledge of Russian and showcase your speaking ability;
  • explore your artistic side by participating in poetry declaration contest (optional);
  • meet students from other colleges and universities of New England to build a community of learners of Russian;
  • challenge yourself in fun and exciting way.

This year’s topics in the monologue and poetry contests reference diversity of the russophone world, which includes culture, geography and traditions of the Russian Federation, post-Soviet countries and Russian-speaking diaspora. We are also introducing a NEW CONTEST this year: a singing competition. Any student can submit a video recording of a song in Russian with or without an accompaniment (regardless of their participation in the speech contest).

The Olympiada is open to all undergraduate students studying Russian as a foreign language. Please note that heritage or native speakers of Russian or other Slavic languages are not eligible to participate at this time. Students will be competing against others based on their year of language study:

  • 1st year Russian
  • 2nd year Russian
  • 3rd year Russian
  • 4th year Russian

Each university can send up to 3 contestants for the 1st and 2nd year, and up to 3 students for the 3rd and 4th year combined. Registration deadline is March 25, 2022.

The monologue contest is a required component in the Olympiada. In addition, students giving speeches may choose to participate in the poetry recital contest. Finally, any student from the New England colleges and universities can participate in the singing competition this year.

Click here for more information on the three contests of this year’s Olympiada, including topics, requirements, evaluation guidelines, and submission links, or go to “For Students” tab.

Click here to register for the Olympiada, or go to “For Instructors” tab.