Exchange of Teaching Experience
The Department of German Philology and Scandinavian Studies hosted a seminar that featured Aina Bigestans, Swedish lecturer who teaches the Swedish language to the 2nd and the 4th year students of the program “Swedish Language and Literature, English Language”. The lecturer has shared her experience of working at PetrSU and Stockholm University.
Aina Bigestans shared that she had planned to study the differences and similarities between students in Sweden and Russia. The first thing that has come to her attention is that our students, like Swedish, are young, creative and energetic. Still, Aina Bigestans noted that the groups she has been working with have extensive knowledge in the areas of literary studies and stylistics.
The teachers of the Department took great interest in her report that included promising methods and proposals, namely how to increase the motivation and engagement of the students in the studying of a foreign language, improve the attendance rate, reduce the stress at exams. The participants of the discussion focused on teaching methods and academic performance.
One of such methods is feedback at the end of the course, in which students are asked specific questions and can anonymously talk about their results: which tasks have appealed to them the most, what challenges they have met, what in their opinion could be changed, etc. In Sweden such feedback is obligatory and it helps teachers improve their courses and eliminate gaps. The feedback provided by students does not concern the personality of a teacher.
In her turn, Aina Bigestans took interest in our rules and methods used by teachers that help increase academic performance and attendance. Among other issues discussed was the psychological support that has to be offered to students.
The seminar was beneficial for both parties and can be a good tradition of summing up the activities of departments that employ international teachers.