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2017 | 1(65) | 14-27

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Monitoring of English communicative competence of pedagogical university students

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This article is devoted to actual problems of modern higher education in Ukraine, which are related to the involvement of future specialists in in-depth study of English as the main language of international communication and finding ways to update methods of learning foreign languages. Actuality of problem proved integration into the European educational area, changes in strategic directions of development of higher education in Ukraine. The authors rely on Ukrainian Government and the Ministry of Education regulations, in particular the Ukraine President Decree “On announcement 2016 year of English in Ukraine” and the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment”. In-depth study of foreign (English) language, fluency in English is consistent with the communicative competence as one of the key in the overall system of competences set out by international experts in the program “Definition and Selection of Competencies: Theoretical and conceptual bases” (De Se Co). Communicative competence was analyzed and adapted to the realities of national education by Ukrainian scientists T. Baybara, N. Bibik, O. Ovcharuk, O. Onopriyenko, K. Ponomareva, O. Pometun, O. Savchenko and others. The purpose of the article is to highlight and analyse the results of monitoring levels of English language proficiency of State Higher Education Establishment “Donbass State Pedagogical University” students and propose ways of improving English communicative competence of future teachers. Common European Framework of Reference for Languages singled out six levels of language skills that have been developed by the Association of Language Experts ALTE: introductive (Breakthrough or A1), intermediate (Waystage or A2), landmark (Threshold or B1), advanced (Vantage or B2), standalone (Effective Operational Proficiency or C1) and competent (Mastery or C2). It summarizes the results of academic achievements, a certain level of skills in each kind of speech (speaking, listening, reading, writing), which should reach students at every stage of learning. The authors describe the monitoring stages: evaluating initial level of foreign (English) language of students of non-foreign language specialities using Cambridge Educational Syndicate test A2; retest after implementing the training course “British Exams” into practice of professional training of students of Primary School Teacher Training Faculty with special attention to the development of the productive skills of English communication. The conducted monitoring showed the need for reformatting the content of English education at the university that requires greater communication and developing productive skills of English communication


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