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01 December 2014

Polytechnics want, can and will speak foreign languages

The majority of polytechnics can read and understand the title of this article easily, but those who can’t should think about improving their English. Knowledge of foreign languages and internalization of education are the essential elements on the way to the list of Top-100 Universities. That’s why there are special intensive programs for English, German, French and Chinese studying offered by Language Centre of the Institute of International Education and Language Communication.

Intensive training

Program «Language for Mobility» (LfM) – is more than just usual language courses, which all of us already know. The LfM means the whole educational system aimed at teaching English for academic purposes and preparing students for every-day life abroad. LfM provides intensive training with the focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing. The program lasts 1 term and includes 320 academic hours: 4 class hours per day, 5 days per week.

«Of course, the major audience of our courses are intended for students, who plan to take part in different academic mobility programs, but “Language for Mobility” is unique because it is available not only for Russian and foreign TPU students, but also for the University staff too», Irina Gerasimchuk, the head of the Language Centre of IIE&LC and the program founder, says. «Statistic shows how popular the LfM is: more than 400 students and staff members joined the program for the last 5 years. 80% of them passed the TPU certificate exam - B2 level. Herewith the entry level of students is usually tested as A2-B1. Besides, we also see the increase in the amount of master degree and post graduate students in our groups».

After such an intensive LfM course students can study abroad easily. One of the examples is Anastasia Shcherbinina, who enrolled in a program when being a TPU student and improved her English level from À2 to Â2, which let her spent 2 amazing terms in the Czech Republic. «These courses helped me to improve my language skills. The most important thing is that I do not have the fear of speaking and making mistakes anymore. Now I am a TPU post graduate student and plan to undertake my scientific research abroad. And it goes without saying that English knowledge and the experience of taking part in the academic mobility program in the Czech Republic will help me to do that», Anastasia says.

Efficient teamwork

Indeed LfM courses are unique because of many reasons and one of them is that there are no similar programs in Tomsk. «Language for Mobility» represents internal cooperation between TPU divisions, such as, Language Centre of IIE&LC and Language Communication and Centre for International Academic Programs (CIAP). The goals of such teamwork are both language education as well as academic and social adaptation of TPU students to studying abroad. As a result of this cooperation TPU fulfils one of its most important tasks, that is encouraging the increase in the amount of students, taking part in academic mobility programs. «It’s a well known fact that to access the majority of academic mobility programs, students should have a valid B2 CEF certificate» tells the head of CIAP, Natalya Baranovskaya. «Not many students know language at this level, that’s why we always advise them to apply for «Language for Mobility», because these are courses we trust. We are confident that after graduating from the program students will be absolutely ready to study abroad».

Foreigners are closer

Besides classes with native speakers, LfM students traditionally have meetings with their foreign colleagues, also participants of academic mobility programs. Representatives of Partner Universities from Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland and others tell about their Alma Maters, studying in Europe, share impressions of Russian life. LfM students don’t lose a chance to speak foreign language and get information straight from the horse mouth and even decide which University to choose for an academic program. Furthermore, during these meetings LfM alumni share their experience and give some useful pieces of advice to their followers. Such communication is beneficial for both sides – Russian and foreigners.

At the end of the course students not only pass their exams, but also take part in annual University contest “The best foreign language short film” held since 2009. It is very popular with students, because here they can show what they’ve learned for the last term in a vivid, creative way. More information about the contest and «Language for Mobility» program you can find on LC of IIE&LC website. The intensive program «Language for Mobility» is a great opportunity for polytechnics to improve their foreign language and prepare for education abroad.

Aleksandra Itcenko

Reference

The «Language for Mobility» program is based on generally accepted European Framework of Reference for Languages including A, B and C board divisions. They can be further divided into 6 levels, e.g À 1, À2, B1 and so on. According to this system, A level suggest elementary knowledge of language: students understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Whereas  (Â1 è Â2) level means that speaker can achieve most goals and express oneself on a range of topics in different situations. Level group Ñ shows the capacity of a person to deal with academic and social materials as a native speaker.


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