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Study abroad: languages ​​for academic purposes

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Features of the programs, the learning process, the results

Every year the number of those wishing to study at foreign universities is increasing, but, unlike the domestic universities, it is impossible to enter European, American, Canadian, any other without preliminary preparation: This is due to the peculiarities of educational systems in countries, as well as the need to improve the level of knowledge of a foreign language.

Linguistic preparation for admission to the university usually takes a lot of time. In the specialized schools and training centers, various programs are offered: one includes preparation for specific exams and tests (for example, IELTS, DSH, DALF, TOEFL for English) , others (for academic purposes) combine the linguistic course with the preparatory one. Such preliminary programs allow students not only to improve a foreign language to the level necessary for the perception of a university curriculum, but also to develop important learning skills. Language schools abroad remain the best way to prepare for further successful learning.

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The goals, objectives and specificity of the educational process

At the academic courses students receive knowledge and develop the skills necessary for studying in the university, working in the territory of the chosen country. The level of foreign language skills in the business aspect is also increased. Such programs are often used as basic training for professionals, in this case, when studying vocabulary, the emphasis is on specific topics.

In general, the courses are widely used, but first of all being fluent in foreign language is critical for students: many educational works (projects, reports, essays and theses) are written in accordance with the structure, require the mandatory use of special vocabulary, the study of profile and additional literature (the perception of information from written sources).

The lessons of a foreign language in specialized courses allow developing not only linguistic skills. Training helps to improve the professional, social and communicative skills, what is very important for effective communication in the academic business environment.

In the lessons, the emphasis is on developing listening comprehension skills, understanding written texts, speed reading, oratory, the ability to quickly and correctly formulate ideas, thoughts, and defend the point of view in dialogue. Communicative method is one of the main methods used in the educational process: it involves the participation of students in discussions, trainings, projects, seminars, congresses, various professional events.

The result of the training courses is:

  • improvement of general language and special skills;
  • vocabulary expansion, replenishment of its vocabulary ;
  • developing the skill of writing academic texts;
  • gaining experience in keeping notes of lectures, drawing up reports, conducting presentations, etc.
  • an exceptional understanding of oral speech and texts, critical experience evaluation of scientific literature.

Students will have to work hard to develop their skills and devote 20 to 30 hours a week learning a language. The training may last for 24 or 12 weeks.

Student profile of the language programs

Academic programs are aimed at students with different educational needs. They can be visited by:

  • university entrants (bachelor's, master's programs) for skills development;
  • job seekers and employees of international companies to improve competitiveness in the international labor market;
  • those who wish to take tests (this program is broader than the profile one, differs in complexity, allows more efficient preparation for the upcoming testing);
  • students and schoolchildren wishing to improve their language and teaching skills and enroll in secondary schools abroad.

Conditional age limits are applied to the curriculum: persons over the age of 15 are usually accepted for courses, some private schools in England may accept children from the age of 11.

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