Research at the School of Foreign Languages


The faculty of the School of Foreign Languages include 65 PhDs and 14 doctors of sciences with the others actively engaged in research and science related activities. The scope of scientific interest covers linguistic units and speech phenomena of Germanic, Romance and Oriental languages considered from various angles and in the context of different methodological paradigms.

Over time the School has established scientific schools, within the framework of which one can distinguish the main areas of linguistics and linguodidactics reflecting the general tendencies in development of a number of sciences. Among them there are both relatively new areas (cognitive-discursive) and those that have long traditions (linguostylistics, translation studies, education and methods of teaching foreign languages).

The School works within the interdepartmental topic approved by the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine – "Cognitive-Discursive Studies of a Language as Regulator of Social Conduct" (state registration No. 0111U010009) – which provides justification of activity theory of discourse as methodological basis for studies of lingual regulativity, development of activity methodology of cognitive discourse modeling, development of activity methodology for analysis of verbalized cognitive structures.

The topic relevance, high level of research, theoretical and methodological competence of the specialists ensure their recognition in the country and abroad, engagement in the role of opponents to Candidate’s and Doctoral theses, membership in Thesis Committees and the Higher School Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, international associations (IATEFL, USSE, UDGV), partnership with profile departments of higher educational institutions of other cities, participation in editorial boards of compendia of scientific works as well as in conferences being moderators thereof. Yearly, faculty members of the School have more than 200 appearances at All-Ukrainian and international (including non-CIS countries) scientific events.

The School organizes a number of conferences recognized both in Ukraine and abroad:

  • International Science Conference “Karazin Readings: Person. Language. Communication”;
  • International Science Forum “Modern Anglistics and Romance Studies”;
  • All-Ukrainian Science Conference "Actual Problems of Translation Studies and Translation Teaching Methods";
  • International Science Conference “Cognitive-Pragmatic Studies of Languages of Professional Communication”;
  • Science Conference of Germanists “Germanic Studies of the XXI Century: Cognitive, Socio- and Pragmalinguistics”;
  • International Scientific and Methodological Conference “Methodological, Pscyhological and Pedagogical Problems of Teaching a Foreign Language at the Present Stage”;
  • International Science Conference “ Modern Approaches to Teaching a Foreign Language: Ways of Integrating Secondary and Higher Schools”;
  • Interuniversity School-Seminar “New Approaches to Learning a Foreign Language”;
  • International Student Science Conference “Foreign Philology. Search for the Young” and others.

Constant encouragement of scientific venture is reflected in the School’s publications number that keep growing from year to year and has already reached 700 printed units per year including articles in professional issues, conference materials, monographs (10 over the last 5 years, one of them published abroad). The School publishes its own issues: V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University Bulletin (Philology Series), international compendium of scientific works “Cognition. Communication. Discourse” (the compendia coming out 3-5 times a year are entered in the list of editions approved by the Higher Attestation Committee of Ukraine), 5 compendia of student scientific works issued annually and compendia of conference materials (14 per year).

In 1996 the School created the Thesis Committee К64.051.16 for defense of Candidate’s theses in the speciality 10.02.04 — German Languages. It is headed by Doctor of Philology, Full Professor I. S. Shevchenko, the academic secretary being Doctor of Philology, Full Professor L. V. Soloshchuk. Yearly the Committee defends up to 20 theses. In the recent five years 20 faculty members of the School have defended their Candidate’s theses here.

The School monthly conducts an interuniversity Linguistic Seminar being a united meeting of the Departments of the School and departments of foreign languages of other higher educational institutions of the city. Its goal is to provide degree-seeking and postgraduate students of the University and other higher educational institutions with an opportunity to report on the work accomplished, get approval of their research and receive assistance in solving scientific problems.

International scientific cooperation at the School of Foreign Languages is also diverse: participation in collective grants within the program “Encouraging Development of Germanic Studies in Central and Eastern European Countries”, individual grants of R. Bosch and Fulbright Foundations, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and French Government Foundation. The School has entered into cooperation agreements with foreign universities-partners (Belgorod State University (Russia), Taras Shevchenko Transnistria State University (Moldova), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). Under these agreements the School invites foreign linguists (Doctor of Philology, Professor V. I. Karasyk (Russia), Professor D. Vanderveken (Canada) and others) who give lectures and conduct schools-seminars at the School of Foreign Languages and publish their articles in the Bulletin.

New forms of research organization are gaining popularity:

  • On-line conferences (interuniversity student scientific conference “Modern Tendencies in Science” in March-April);
  • Electronic journal “Cognition. Communication. Discourse” with the international Edictorial Board and authorship (Ukraine, Russia, Germany, the USA) available at: http://sites.google.com/site/cognitiondiscourse/;
  • Publications in other electronic editions.

The results obtained are regularly implemented into the process of education through new methodological recommendations and textbooks, technical training aids, etc.