Independent research activity of MSc and PhD students: Case-study of the development of academic skills in FFL classes
[La formation des competences informationnelles et analytiques des etudiants a l’aide du FLE dans le cadre des recherches independantes fondees sur les projets]
Aleksei Yu. Alipichev – Olga V. Takanova
The authors claim that in modern conditions foreign language training is aimed not only at obtaining narrow-subject knowledge and skills, but also at the development of active data analyzing and problem-solving skills. A number of modern LSP curricula feature the communication and professional relevance approaches to language learning. The paper presents the theoretical background of designing modular LSP training courses within the framework of professional competency enhancement (MSc and PhD degree programs).
The authors illustrate specific features and perspectives of the practical implementation of modular training including the research relevant information search and processing with further development of secondary texts, scrutinizing the stages of training, particular didactic tools, as well as the requirements to the training materials and the final assessment projects. It is emphasized that the use of project methods in the study process makes it possible to optimize enhancement of professional competence of future specialists, train them to solve the upcoming professional and research tasks more effectively by means of a foreign language (FFL). The application of the project-based method in MSc and PhD courses provides for smooth integration of knowledge from different areas for solving specific problems, using knowledge in practice and generating new ideas. In conclusion, the authors describe the main difficulties of the organization of independent project-research activities of students and offer recommendations for its optimization.
Key words: FFL, academic skills, project-based activities, professional education, research activity, MSc and PhD students
Pages: 237 - 252