Feliksov Sergej

Essay as a competition task of the All-Russian contest foundations of orthodox culture for school students: regulatory requirements and a study guide for writing and evaluation

Feliksov Sergej (2019) "Essay as a competition task of the All-Russian contest foundations of orthodox culture for school students: regulatory requirements and a study guide for writing and evaluation ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia IV : Pedagogika. Psihologiia, 2019, vol. 55, pp. 23-43 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIV201955.23-43


This article presents the system of regulatory requirements and a study guide on writing and evaluation of the essay as a competitive task of the All-Russian Contest of School Students Foundations of the Orthodox Culture. It also substantiates the introduction of the term “theological and linguistic competence” in scientifi c and pedagogical circulation. It highlights that the contest essay is a complex creative task connected with the participant’s creation of an original text based on the model of a proposed theological topic. Following the defi nition given, the article extablishes the compositional parts of the contest essay, i.e. 1) introduction, 2) the main part (it includes the formulation of the problem and a commentary on it, explains the stance of the author, expresses the writer’s own opinion and its justifi cation), 3) conclusion. The article states that the contest essay should identify in the participants the complex of universal study activities that they should command (person-related, regulatory, cognition-related, communicative) in the framework of forming the theological and linguistic competence. The regulatory requirements for writing the contest essay have allowed the author of the article to identify and substantiate the system of assessment criteria that takes into account 1) the content, 2) speech coherence, 3) orthography and grammar. In its conclusion, the article argues that this system of assessment criteria is generally capable of producing an objective picture of results of creative work of the participants of the contest related to writing the essay.


All-Russian Contest of School Students, Foundations of Orthodox Culture, Orthodox Pedagogy, theolingustics, theology, theolinguistic competence, religious style, religious discourse, essay, task with detailed answer, assessment criteria


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Information about the author

Feliksov Sergej

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Philology;
Place of work: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; 9/2, Ilovaiskaya str., 109651, Moscow, Russian Federation;
Post: Associate Professor;
ORCID: 0000-0002-5928-3311;
Email: svfeliksov@gmail.com.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.