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Linguistic, Educational and Intercultural Research 2017 (LEIC Research 2017)

Invitation to

7th INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE

Linguistic, Educational and Intercultural Research 2017 (LEIC Research 2017)

12 – 13 October, 2017

Vilnius, Lithuania

Conference organizers:

Institute of Foreign Languages of Vilnius University (Lithuania) and

Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics of the University of Cagliari (Italy)

Conference webpage:

http://www.conference.uki.vu.lt/

Registration:

http://www.conference.uki.vu.lt/registration-form/

 

Media Linguistics in Lithuania and in the World

On 2-6 July, 2017 representatives of Vilnius University (Director of the Institute of Foreign Languages ​​of Vilnius University, Prof. Dr. Roma Kriaučiūnienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anastasia Belovodskaja and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Viktorija Makarova) together with a colleague from Kaunas University of Technology (Prof. Dr. Vilmante Liubiniene) participated in the 2nd international scientific conference "Language in the Coordinates of the Mass Media", bringing together more than 250 representatives from 15 countries (Great Britain, Italy, China, India, Slovakia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, etc.). During the conference Lithuanian scientists presented their achievements in such a fast-growing field of research as new media linguistics and established relationships with other participants of the conference. An important event of the conference was the presentation of a new MA study programme "Media Linguistics". This programme was prepared by a group of the researchers of the Institute of Foreign Languages of Vilnius University, led by Prof. Dr. Danutė Balšaitytė. The idea of Master's programme "Media Linguistics" was promoted and its development was strongly supported by Media Linguistic Commission of the International Slavists Committee under the auspices of UNESCO

In order to ensure and maintain further cooperation among researchers of media linguistics, representatives of the Institute of Foreign Languages of Vilnius University together with Media Linguistic Commission and Field Committee of Linguistics of Discourse on 12-13 October 2017 organizes international round-table discussions on media linguistics ("Media Linguistics: Educational Paradigms", "The Main Tasks of Modern Media Education"; "Discourse Analysis and Other Qualitative and Quantitative Methods of Media Studies: how research methods narrow or widen our vision of the field and object of media studies?”) that will take place within the framework of the 7th international conference "Linguistic, Educational and Intercultural research (LEIC Research 2017)". The conference is organized by the Institute of Foreign Languages ​​of Vilnius university and the Faculty of Philology, Literature and Linguistics at the University of Cagliari (Italy).

 

Conference website:

http://www.conference.uki.vu.lt

Registration by 31 July 2017:

http://www.conference.uki.vu.lt/registration-form/

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Heart-warming welcome to Northeastern University

The Institute of Foreign Languages has been privileged to join the pilot program with the university of Northeastern from Boston, USA. The thirty-day faculty-led program “From Pagan Past to Global Future: the Arts of Lithuania” has been included into joint activities of both Vilnius and Boston universities. A number of presentations, open lectures and discussions could only facilitate the better cultural understanding and academic cooperation.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, private research university in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto.The university's enrollment is approximately 18,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students.

Northeastern features a cooperative education program that integrates classroom study with professional experience on seven continents and a comprehensive study abroad program. The three most common types of international opportunities pursued by Northeastern students are:Dialogue of Civilizations and other short-term programs, Undergraduate Study Abroad and International Co-op.University faculty members have led groups of interested students to various corners of the world. These trips are often the culminating part of a specific course and they always seek to move beyond merely visiting a country or region’s “main attractions”. Recent locations for faculty-led travel include: Balkans, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Israel & the West Bank, Japan, Jordan, Niger, Oman, Dubai, Senegal, United Nations- Geneva and Lithuania for the first time.

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Students’ interdisciplinary conference Breakthroughs in Science

The 9th of May is celebrated as Europe Day. On this day back in 1950 the Foreign Minister of France Robert Schuman announced his Declaration, which formed the basis for the foundation of the European Coal and Steel Community. This was the background of the European economic unity.

The Institute of Foreign Languages of Vilnius University commemorates this day together with students of biophysical and medical sciences  by holding a cross-faculty conference “Breakthroughs in Science”. The working language of the conference is English, which is the key language of communication within the EU.

The conference, which took place in the grand auditorium of VU Life Sciences Centre and which was lively moderated by the Physics Faculty students Kamilė Skorupskaitė and Edvinas Gvozdiovas, is now building up momentum. By taking turns, the students of the Faculties of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Life Sciences Centre demonstrated excellent knowledge of their study area and English.

One of the goals of the Institute of Foreign Languages is to teach students to deliver structured scientific presentations by using specialist terminology and to develop their skills of structuring, classifying and generalizing information and presenting it to the professional academic audience.

The conference went way beyond expectation – students of various study programmes “bombarded” the speakers with professional questions, and the student Karolis Stankevičius of the Telecommunications and Electronics study programme demonstrated a high level of competence as the Dean of the Physics Faculty prof. V. Balevičius asked him to elaborate on some statements of his presentation.

The conference is becoming an annual event. We are eagerly looking forward to the 9th of May 2018, when students will be once again sharing their knowledge in order to galvanize (capture) the attention of the audience.

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National Public Speaking Competition:“Peace Is Not Absence of War”

For the 20th time the English-Speaking Union (ESU) has been announcing the National Public Speaking Competition in Lithuania.For the 14th time this competition was organized jointly by the ESU and LCC International University in Klaipeda.

High school students, their teachers and support groups from all parts of Lithuania arrived to LCC to take part in the competition, which this year was dedicated to “Peace Is Not Absence of War” theme. The public speeches delivered in English were judged by honorary guests from the Canadian, USA, and British embassies, publishing houses, universities, including the VU Institute of Foreign languages,study information and language examination centers.

Matas Gudauskas the winner of this competition will have the honour to take part in the International English Speaking Competition in May in London and be the ambassador for Lithuania.

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Pearson Test of English General (PTE General)

Since 2016 Foreign Languages Institute of Vilnius University has become a center of Pearson Test of English General (PTE General) test.

What is PTE General?

PTE General is a six-level general English test.

All levels of PTE General are recognised globally and are accepted by employers and national education authorities in many countries as evidence of a required level of English. The six levels of the test are provided in partnership with Edexcel Limited, the largest UK awarding body for academic and vocational qualifications.

About the test

Pearson Test of English General (PTE General) is designed to reward positive achievement in English language learning. PTE General integrates all four skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) and focuses on assessing the ability of communicating in English, rather than test-taking skills. The tasks in the test are a natural continuation of what happens in the classroom, giving test takers the opportunity to perform at their best.

Test Format:

PTE General consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills and is marked by external examiners in the UK. The spoken test is assessed by trained local examiners (at VU UKI) and is sent to the UK for moderation. There are six levels which are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). All levels in the test are awarded by Edexcel and accredited by Ofqual in the UK. PTE General certificates do not expire. English language learners are encouraged to seek opportunities to practice the language and confirm their progress regularly.

VU Foreign Languages Institute offers to take two types of tests:

  • „Pearson Test of English General“ (PTE General) – for adult learners.
  • „Pearson Test of English Young Learners“ (PTE Young Learners) – for younger learners.

VU Foreign Languages Institute also offers preparation courses for the PTE General examination. Registration available at: http://www.uki.vu.lt

Important:

Pearson Test of English General (PTE General) has been recognized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Education as an alternative for the English language state examination. PTE (level 3, B1) result is converted into respective state examination results. Those who pass the test at Level 5 (C2) are granted 100% of the English language state examination.

Test taking dates:

20 May 2017

17 June 2017

Registration – two months before the test taking date.

More information available at 8 5 2687264 or email: ptetest@uki.vu.lt

 

Round-table Discussion on Language Policy in Higher Education

On January 20, 2017 Lithuanian State Language Commission together with the Institute of Foreign Languages of Vilnius University (VU) and Language Teachers’ Association of Lithuania (LTAL) had a round-table discussion “Language Policy in Higher Schools: Objectives, Needs, Benefits.”

 

The aim of the event was to bring together representatives of Lithuanian institutions of higher education and the Ministry of Education and Science, managers of foreign language institutes, heads of the departments of Lithuanian and other languages, professionals, and anyone interested in issues of language policy in the area of  Lithuanian higher education in order to discuss language policy in the area of higher education in Lithuania.

 

The discussion was attended by assoc. prof. dr. Valdas Jaskūnas, VU vice rector for studies, assoc. prof.  dr. Jurgita Šiugždinienė, vice rector for studies of Kaunas University of Technology (KUT), Egidijus Kinderis, president of VU Student Representation,  Egidijus Zaikauskas, translation and language coordinator of the European Commission Representation in Lithuania,  assoc. prof. dr. Daiva Vaišnienė, chairperson of Lithuanian State Language Commission, prof. dr. Roma Kriaučiūnienė, director of the Institute of Foreign Languages of Vilnius University, president of Language Teachers’ Association of Lithuania, and representatives of a number of Lithuanian universities and colleges (KUT, VDU, LMSU MRU, VU, LEU, VGTU, VIKO).

 

The participants of the meeting shared their various experiences in teaching Lithuanian and foreign languages for specific purposes based on different language policy and managerial approach of institutions of higher education; they discussed quality of the teaching and learning of the academic Lithuanian language and  professional foreign language studies, the relationship between Lithuanian and other languages  at institutions of higher education, and surveyed the attitude of academic community towards  the development of professional terminology in the mother tongue.  The participants emphasized that  institutions of higher education are not only to ensure the multilingual development, but also to warrant the sustainability and continuity of learners’ linguistic competences acquired at  institutions of general education, thus increasing the capacity of university graduates to integrate into the multilingual and multicultural European labour market sucessfully.

 

The participants welcomed the four language model (mother tongue, state and two foreign languages) recommended by the European Union, the implementation of which depends upon creating favorable conditions by mutual commitment of all Lithuanian institutions of higher education. It was noted that universities should strengthen students' motivation  by increasing their awareness of the importance of the Lithuanian and foreign languages, as well as  strengthen students’ ability to convey the acquired  subject-specific knowledge on a high quality academic level in various professional multilingual and multicultural environments, thus  building their capacity to  produce  professional academic texts in the Lithuanian and foreign languages.

 

The discussion ended with a unanimous decision to pursue a joint language policy among Lithuanian institutions of higher education ensuring the expansion of students’ mother tongue and other language competences on a high quality academic level.

 

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Georgian language at the Institute of Foreign Languages of VU

This semester the Institute of Foreign Languages of Vilnius University is continuing implementation of the Georgian language teaching project initiated by the Ambassador of Georgia in Lithuania Mrs. Khatuna Salukvadze and supported by the Embassy of Georgia  in Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Georgia in Lithuania Mrs. Khatuna Salukvadze and vice-minister of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Georgia Mr. Revaz Javelidze met Georgian language learners at the Institute of Foreign Languages of Vilnius University on 9  November, 2016. The guests were happy to see the increasing interest in the Georgian language and culture and success of the project.

The course is going to be taught by Giorgi Kobakhidze (Embassy of Georgia in Lithuania).

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