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. First 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 consists of 29 faculty members, among them three Doctors of Philology/Pedagogy, thirteen PhDs in Philology/Pedagogy and three candidates for PhD. 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). The 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 as the firs (part-time) and the second (full-time) languages for a student with further approbation in the learning process as well as the development of methods of theoretical and practical training of teachers, lectirers and translators.
The Faculty is constantly working on improvement of teaching and methodical work, developing and improving programs, supportive notes and presentations for lectures, materials and tasks for students’ self-study, methodological recommendations for them, tests, examination materials and papers, clear criteria for assessing students' knowledge, electronic versions of textbooks, programs for teaching internship, lecturing internship and graduate research assistantships.
The main duties of the Department of Foreign Language Teaching Methods and Practice are:
providing high quality specialist training in English as the first and second language;
analysis of modern theory and practice of speech competence in training future teachers/lecturers with further approbation of modern teaching foreign languages methods in the domain of professional verbal culture of the future specialist;
professional organization and conduct of teaching internship for 4th year full-time and 5th year part-time students, lecturing internship for first (full-time) and second (part-time) master year, graduate research assistantships for second master year part-time students;
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;
improvement of teaching subjects with the expansion of their specialization;
conduct of methodological work on improving such subjects as “Foreign Language – I (English)”, “Foreign Language – II (English)”, “Methods of teaching foreign languages in higher school/school”, “Speech culture”, “Literature of the country which language is studied”, “General Theory of Second Language (English)”, “Introduction to Linguistics”, “Theory of Language Communication”, “Lexicology”, “Cultural Linguistics”, “Special course. Modern methods of foreign language teaching”, “Fundamentals of scientific research”, “Special course. Basic professional methods of foreign language teaching”, “Introduction to the foreign philology”, “History of Germanic languages”, “Stylistics (English)”, “Special course. Comparative Phraseology”, etc.;
conduct of scientific research and the implementation in practical activities of future teachers and language experts in methods and didactics of higher 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 and students conferences to encourage young generation to the science;
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;
organization and conduction of educational and organizational work with the students: Days of the Department, excursions to museums, exhibitions, performances and other;
organizing and conducting student competitions in English for 1-4 year full-time students courses;
preparation and publication of textbooks and manuals, research and other literature.