September 01, 2008

Lyceum Day

October 19, 1811

Once in the early 1980s, I by chance found myself at a school holding an elaborate ceremony in honor of October 19 – the anniversary of the opening of the Lyceum in Tsarskoye Selo. It was an impressive affair – posters hung throughout the school reminding everyone, “Don’t Forget, Today is Lyceum Day!” In the assembly hall, pupils and alumni recited Pushkin’s poetry, and the packed hall listened with rapt attention. The ceremony concluded with everyone singing a song by Yuly Kim.


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Uchites! Russian Language Learning

Uchites! Russian Language Learning

An eight-page Russian language learning lesson based on this issue's Lyceum Day article. Can be used for individual study, or as a teacher-led lesson for Russian language students in a classroom setting.

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