"On 15th June, in the conference hall of the main building of Voronezh State University there was a meeting of the main coordinator of the TEMPUS project on "Modernising European Language Teaching through the Introduction of Online Technologies in the Process of Teacher Training" (544161-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-UK-TEMPUS-JPCR Aston University «Developing the Teaching of European Languages:" Modernising Language Teaching through the development of blended Master Programmes»), the Director of Postgraduate Programmes in English at Aston University (Birmingham, Great Britain), an active member of the Higher Education Academy (Great Britain), permanent Chair of the International TESOL and IATEFL Associations Standing Committee for Research in teaching foreign languages Dr Susan Garton and undergraduate and post-graduate students of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology and the Faculty of International Relations, head masters of Voronezh schools specialising on foreign languages and teachers of foreign languages. Vice Rector for Research and Informatisation and VSU project coordinator Vasili Popov welcomed the participants of the event.
'I am very glad that we keep on creating Master's programmes as a result of VSU participation in international projects. I am sure that creating a Master's programme in foreign languages teaching will promote Voronezh State University in the international market. Firstly, it will lean upon the best European experience and thus its participants will have a chance to acquire skills from the best teachers in Europe. Secondly, online teaching experience will provide opportunities for developing similar projects in the future,' said the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Elena Chupandina in her welcome speech.
The coordinator of the project workgroup a professor of the Department of the French Philology of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology Natalia Fenenko gave a short overview of the VSU’s role in the Tempus project and the possibilities the project with regard to creating a Master's degree programme in teaching foreign languages with online technologies offers. The audience found most interesting the information concerning development of the modules of the programme:
- Computer Science and Information Technologies in Professional Activities,
- Learning Process Planning and Knowledge Evaluation,
- Linguistic and Didactic Issues in Age Pedagogy,
- Education Methodology in Linguistic Education,
- Speaking Practice in the first foreign language,
- Vocationally-oriented communication in the second foreign language.
After that Dr Garton talked about the main organisational principles of online teaching in European universities by the example of Aston University (Birmingham, Great Britain).
After the speech the honorary guest answered questions from the audience.