Department of Foreign Language Teaching Methods and Practice
The Department of Foreign Language Teaching Methods and Practice was founded by the resolution of the Academic Council (Protocol No. 8 as of June 30, 2006) and began working in 2007. At first, its name was Department of English Methodology and Practice, but eventually the name was changed to the Department of Foreign Language Teaching Methods and Practice. The Department has existed for 6 years.
The department consists of 30 faculty members, among them three Doctors of Philology/Pedagogy and thirteen PhDs in Philology/ Pedagogy. The department also includes one member of the Academy of Sciences of Higher Education of Ukraine, Academy of Sciences of Higher School of Ukraine and honorary member of Theodore Roosevelt School (San Antonio, Texas). Head of the Department - Associate professor at the Department of Foreign Language Teaching Methods and Practice, PhD in Philology Anastasiia Ptushka.
The Department conducts a large amount of work on the development of conceptual approaches to the study of foreign language with further approbation in the learning process as well as the development of methods of theoretical and practical training of teachers and translators.
The Faculty is constantly working on improvement of teaching and methodical work, developing and improving work programs and plans supportive lecture notes, materials and tasks for students’ self-study, tests, examination materials and papers, the criteria for assessing students' knowledge, electronic versions of textbooks, programs for teaching practicums and graduate research assistantships.
The main objectives of the Department of Foreign Language Teaching Methods and Practice are:
providing high quality specialist training in English as the second language with the qualification of “Philologist, teacher of two languages and literature / interpreter” or the qualification “Interpreter of two languages, teacher of two languages and Literature”;
teaching of a second foreign language at the same level as the first language;
analysis of current theory and practice of speech competence in training future teachers/lecturers with further approbation of modern methods of teaching foreign languages in the domain of professional verbal culture of the future specialist;
professional organization and conduct of teaching practicums for 4th year students of full-time department and student and graduate research assistantships for 5th and 6th year students of full -time and part-time departments respectively;
study the theoretical base of formation of students' foreign language competence and develop ways of improving the quality of professional verbal competence of graduates of higher school;
develop models of students’ training, where the phenomenon of speaking activities is implemented on the theoretical and practical levels;
forming students' personal interest to the phenomenon of language and foreign language culture;
training of part-time students in the qualification of “Bachelor of Philology” with the further possibility of obtaining the following educational qualification “specialist” or “master”;
improvement of teaching subjects with the expansion of their specialization;
conduct of methodological work on improving methods of teaching foreign languages (in high school, middle school), speech, topical issues on Germanic Studies, History of Linguistics and Literature of the country whose language is studied, etc.;
conduct of scientific research and their implementation in practical activities of future teachers and language experts in methods and didactics of high school, basis of forming professional communication skills of teachers;
development of issues of gender studies and political discourse, cognitive models in the study of language and speech, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, stylistics, linguistics, pragmalinguistics;
development of modern technologies of interactive learning, constructive solutions to conflicts in education, phraseology, linguistics and culture studies, the study of concepts in different types of discourse;
study of peculiarities of comparative linguistics, cognitive linguistics, neurolinguistics, linguosynergetics, linguistics, intercultural communication theory, media linguistics and sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, stylistics, linguodidactics;
development of means to intensify research activities of students and young researchers;
conducting international research and development conferences with the stress on the diversity of linguistics, pedagogy, methodology, psychology, linguodidactics;
encourage participation in international conference of foreign countries representatives;
vocational work in schools of the city and region to promote professions of teacher and translator;
preparation and publication of textbooks and manuals, research and other literature.