Language Teaching

The pedagogical implications of using computer-mediated communication in language learning and teaching

Although foreign language instruction has seen a big surge in the integration of technology- enhanced forms of delivery of knowledge and interaction, research focusing on the value of computer- mediated communication (CMC) in the language classroom has not been extensive and has not received wide coverage. This article examines and outlines general findings regarding the educational capacity, benefits and limitations of three major CMC tools (text-based chats, discussion boards and wikis) for enhancing foreign and second language acquisition processes. Some insights are offered into the importance of specific CMC tools for supporting the collaborative nature of learning and learner autonomy, fostering students’ reflection and critical thinking skills and affording higher motivational gains and engagement in the language learning process.

Speaking Training within “English for Specific Purposes” Blended Learning Model

The article describes the key features of monologue and dialogue speaking skills development within the course of English for specific purposes (ESP) in higher educational institutions of engineering implemented on the basis of blended learning. According to the latest Federal state educational standards of higher professional education the share of students’ self- study increases. Thus it is vital to work out a system of exercises including preparatory and communicative assignments as well as Speaking Guide which is a special unit of speaking exercise tips and comments. Such a set of exercises being used in an ESP blended learning model, Speaking skills are formed and developed in a more efficient way.

Creating a University-Wide Assessment Model

This article looks at assessment in the area of language teaching in higher education. The article provides a brief analysis of the present day situation and analyses key issues related to assessment model design, such as definition of educational goals and target proficiency levels for graduates. It also studies international, national and internal university-wide assessment mechanisms.