Foreign languages at the faculties of Vilnius University

 

  I. First (professional) foreign language

Structure and extent of the studies of foreign languages

The Institute of Foreign Languages offers studies of first (professional) foreign language (commonly this language was learnt by students at secondary schools) as an obligatory subject in Bachelor and Integrated study programmes. General extent of the subject ranges from 5 to 10 credits. The course ends in an examination.

Objectives to be achieved during the studies

-  Prepare students for further professional studies;

-  Develop skills to use a foreign language as a means of obtaining information and disseminating it in professional activities and research;

-  Help students attain communicative competence that involves all four language skills:

- reading (information perception from written sources: scientific, professional, fiction, publications, documents, etc.);

- listening (understanding language from hearing, i.e. perceiving information from the speaker or recording, radio, television, etc.);

- writing (delivery of the message and creative self-expression in writing);

- speaking (exchange of information and self-expression).

Skills to be developed to assist the achievement of the objectives raised

All language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are developed focusing on C1 language proficiency level based on the requirements of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) implementing the attained professional language skills in academic environment and practical activities of the studied subject.

In order to develop these skills students listen to and read authentic texts of professional literature, analyse them from the points of view professional and linguistic peculiarities, critically evaluate the sources, both read and heard; learn to ground their ideas using sound reasoning and correctly express their thoughts, both orally and in writing, i.e. they learn to provide information about their studies, express their attitude on various aspects and problems related to their studies (introduce themselves, define, interpret, evaluate and generalize different aspects and problems), propose adequate ways of solution.

Students acquire and enlarge their professional vocabulary, express ideas on various professional matters or on general topics using complex grammatical structures of scientific texts. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills while giving presentations on the topics related to their studies and writing summaries of scientific texts.

During the studies different active learning methods are employed: brainstorming, group discussion, concept mapping, role playing, situation modelling, visuals and audio recordings, interactive learning.

Intercultural communication and collaboration skills are formed on the basis of values of tolerance, responsibility, respect and self-esteem.

Students acquire and use the knowledge about the country’s, which language they study,culture, apply the knowledge gained in multicultural environment during communication in formal and informal situations, compare, try to notice, understand and evaluate differences and similarities of the cultures; students are encouraged to demonstrate openness and tolerance towards other nations, be flexible and act in a creative manner in intercultural environments observing the values of tolerance, respect and self-esteem.

Skills to communicate with peers and pedagogical staff are developed, as well as to work in a group, to lead the team, evaluate their own and their peers’ achievements, control and analyse the process of studying.

During the studies students are encouraged to: a) communicate with the participants of the educational process, work in pairs and in a group, prepare joint projects, presentations, take and give interviews, review the material covered, self-test themselves; lead the team of peers and focus on effective work while distributing tasks, moderating brief talks/overviews on relevant professional topics which were analysed during the course; b) monitor and analyse their own and other students’ learning process, identify and critically evaluate strong and weak sides; c) plan and raise further learning tasks.

Developing capabilities to organise independent learning

Students learn to plan and organise their independent learning process, create appropriate environment for their learning, search for the necessary information in different sources, both printed and in an electronic format, on their professional subject matter, which they use in discussions, presentations and reports, also look for additional sources to enhance their knowledge and check grammar, vocabulary and other language usage aspects, they develop skills to understand and perceive the material taught, select most effective material learning strategies.

   II. Second foreign language

Structure and extent of the studies of foreign languages

Second foreign language is taught as an optional subject or free elective subject (module) if such a possibility has been foreseen in the study programme or they can choose a foreign language course as an extra-curriculum subject. Students may choose various languages (Spanish, Italian, French, Russian,German, Georgian) on various levels (Al, A2, B1, B2) 4 hours every week, getting 3 credits per term.The course ends in a credit test or an examination.

Goals and skills to be developed during the studies that assist the achievement of the objectives raised

All language skills are developed (reading, writing, speaking and listening) focusing on the chosen language proficiency level (A1, A2, B1, B2) based on the requirements of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) implementing the attained professional language skills in academic environment and practical activities of the studied subject.

Different active teaching/learning methods are employed (brainstorming, group discussion, concept mapping, role playing, situation modelling, visuals and audio recordings, interactive learning) that develop all language skills; students learn to understand information, both read and heard, in a foreign language, express their ideas using sound reasoning and correctly deliver the message orally and in a written form according to the level of their language proficiency.

Intercultural communication and collaboration skills are formed on the basis of tolerance, responsibility, respect and self-esteem values.

Students acquire and apply knowledge about the country’s, which language they study, culture, use the knowledge gained in multicultural environment during communication process in formal and informal situations, compare, try to notice, understand and evaluate differences and similarities of the cultures; students are encouraged to demonstrate openness and tolerance towards other nations, act flexibly and in a creative manner in intercultural environment observing the values of tolerance, respect and self-esteem.

Skills to communicate with peers and pedagogical staff are developed, as well as to work in a group and to lead the team, evaluate his/ their own and their peers’ achievements, control and analyse the process of studying.

During their study years students are encouraged to: a) communicate with the participants of educational process, work in pairs and in a group, prepare joint projects, presentations, take and give interviews, review the material covered, self-test themselves; lead the peers’ team and focus on effective work while distributing tasks, moderating short talks/reports on relevant professional topics which were analysed during the course; b)monitor and analyse their own and others’ learning process, identify and critically evaluate strong and weak sides; c) plan and raise further learning objectives.

Training and capabilities to organise independent learning are also encouraged

Students learn to plan and organise their independent learning process, create appropriate environment for their learning, search for different sources of information, both printed and in an electronic format, on their professional subject matter, which they use in discussions, presentations, reports, also look for additional sources to enhance their knowledge and check grammar, vocabulary and other language usage aspects, they develop their skills to understand and perceive the material taught, select most effective material learning strategies.