English-language
environment @ ITMO:
first successes
Maria Didkovskaia, Foreign Language Training Center, Director
EN.IFMO.RU
EN.IFMO.RU
Classes for teaching staff
Testing – 500 staff members
Groups by levels
EAP & AW groups
Studying for Cambridge exams
Over 40 teaching staff – certificates
Progress to higher levels
New programs for staff, teaching in English (DD
programs)
EN.IFMO.RU
EN.IFMO.RU
Classes for administration
Testing – 150 staff members
Groups by levels
Studying for Cambridge exams
Over 40 administrative staff – certificates
Progress to higher levels
EN.IFMO.RU
EN.IFMO.RU
English for Bachelors
Pre-testing – 250 students (pilot)
Groups by levels
Studying for Cambridge exams
10 best students – certificates
Native speaker for the B2 groups
New classes for students going abroad for DD
programs
EN.IFMO.RU
Something new?
Pilot – successful. All new bachelors –> 4
hours of English as of 2015
Analysis of administrative staff attendance
and progress –> new requirements
University Study Skills Course – for Bs and Ms
Native speakers –> for teaching staff
Designing EL syllabi of major subjects for 3rd
& 4th yr Bs
EN.IFMO.RU
Innovative approach to EL environment
EN.IFMO.RU
Challenges? Opportunities?
Resistance to change (institutional and personal)
Insufficient level of English of teachers
Initiation of interest in studying in EL in high-school
children (contests, festivals etc)
Involvement of students
in international activities of
ITMO University
There’s always room for improvement =)
Maria Didkovskaia
[email protected]
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