PetrSU at the Anniversary NATE Conference
On April 17-19 Saint Petersburg’s ITMO University hosted the 25th NATE conference (National Association of Teachers of English).
The main topics of the conference were studying new educational approaches and trends in teaching and studying ESL / EFL in the dynamically changing environment such as CLIL, EMI, ESP, EAP, teaching Russian as a foreign language, evaluation of English language proficiency (OGE, EGE, Cambridge exams, TOEFL), development of Soft Skills in context of studying a foreign language, extracurricular activities in the English language, trends in applied linguistics, projects of the NATE Association in Russia, including the National Awareness Day.
Petrozavodsk State University was represented by the teachers of the Institute of Foreign Languages: Svetlana Guseva, Candidate of Pedagogic Sciences, acting head of the Department of the English Language of the IFL; Elena Petrova, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, teacher of the Department of Foreign Languages for Technical and Natural Sciences; Nadezhda Shablikova, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of the English Language; and the Head of the Division of International Projects of PetrSU Aleksey Rogozin.
The conference had discussions in groups; one of these sections was designed to disseminate the results of the DIREKT project. Three partners of the projects presented their reports: PetrSU, Ogarev Mordovia State University (coordinator in Russia), and Far Eastern Federal University.
Svetlana Guseva presented her report “Debates as a tool of developing information literacy skills”. In her speech, Svetlana highlighted that information literacy skills are essential in continuous education. The earlier they are developed the readier people are for the work with information in modern society. Debates polish information skills as during the preparation students work with different sources, check their relevance, authenticity, and learn to distinguish primary and secondary points. Particular attention is paid to correct and competent presentation of debatable opinions and different viewpoints. Other significant issues are related to plagiarism and own comment based on the work with sources. All these skills will further facilitate research done by students within project activities related to course projects and final theses.
Nadezhda Shablikova delivered a practice-oriented presentation on academic writing (on writing a basic element – a paragraph) with a demonstration of tasks and examples. The module “Academic Writing” is included in the number of test modules of the project. Ability to correctly and logically formulate thoughts is students’ key to success in academic environment.
Aleksey Rogozin took part in the discussion of dissemination of the project with Russian partners and the project expert from Technische Universität Dresden Gerry Cullen, who plans to visit the IFL of PetrSU at the end of June within academic mobility of the DIREKT project.
At Petrozavodsk State University the DIREKT has become the partner-project of the Flagship University Development Program. Currently, the modules are tested on the premises of the IFL.
The project DIREKT: Developing trans-regional information literacy for lifelong education and knowledge economy is implemented within the ERASMUS+ Program with the financial support of the European Union and will last three years.
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