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Значение международного стандарта в системе оценивания уровня знаний иностранного языка в вузах России

Sustaining the so-called ‘international standard’ is a challenging necessity nowadays. In modern dynamic world it is absolutely inappropriate to remain static and stick only to internal regulations. One of the most important things today is to integrate into a global system of education, which gives one a splendid opportunity to be involved in modern processes in order to be highly competitive on the world market. Speaking several foreign languages, i.e. being bilingual, becomes vitally important, as these languages are keys to open the doors to success and fame. English claims to be the language of the universe, the language which is widely spoken in the whole world. The exam which tests the level of English language competence is IELTS - a versatile, internationally accepted leader among various language testing systems. This exam allows each person, especially a young professional, to adapt to a new academic and professional environment in our modern globalized hi-tech world. Unfortunately, in Russia the system of checking knowledge of foreign languages, our internal method of evaluation, leaves much to be desired, being quite self-centered and input-based, thus not allowing the students to integrate into a foreign educational environment. Making international exams a compulsory final examination in Russian universities, as it is already done in our leading institutions (Higher School of Economics for example), will allow local students to continue studies abroad and, with the knowledge and skills obtained, improve our internal system of quality control.