The article investigates the ways of implementation of innovations in foreign language training of university students. The question about the innovative potential of the textbook for foreign language learning is raised. The authors prove the necessity of modification of this teaching tool aimed at development of professional intercultural communication. We represent the characteristics of an open-type textbook for foreign language learning, specify its features. The paper describes the possible content and structure that distinguish the open-type textbook from traditional educational materials
The chief goal of the article is to investigate groupwork technology as a most proficient form of interaction between a teacher and students.
Group technology is presented as an activity for learning and acquiring skills, which is to provide students with appropriate conditions for developing their cognitive independence, communicative skills, and intellectual capacity through interaction while fulfilling a group task.
The article describes group work using training material for the topic “Berliner Mauer” and contains linguistic and cultural materials designed by native speakers specially for methodological purposes. That is history of the construction of the Berlin Wall, as well as related films, music and literature.
The methodology of the research is caused by its target and is based on the groupwork activity as one of the most efficient ways to organize acquisition of foreign languages in a large group. It is emphasized by the structure of the research which starts by investigating the new learning approach, describing its benefits and different types and ends in examples that illustrate how to use this method within the frames of the course. Studying the literature on the subject, analyzing, interpreting and comparing the information form the principle logical methods of the research along with planning and structuring the thought experiment.
Keywords: technology of group work, types/kinds of group work, advantages of group work, German linguistic and cultural studies, History of Germany, the Berlin Wall, Berliner Mauer
The article responds to the increasing need to teach successful speaking in situations of increased problematic nature, which include almost all instances of professional communication as well as oral exams in the academic context. The approach is research based and relies on certain provisions of the cognitive systems involved in speech production, the principles of communicative mobility and problem-based learning. The main focus in designing the tasks is carefully constructed scaffolding leading to the acquisition of all necessary skills for a student to be a successful independent communicator even in stressful environment. The system of teaching steps based on the suggested approach has been tested in English language classes in NRU HSE.