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2015 | 10(54) | 3-10

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Psychological and pedagogical prerequisites of forming sociocultural competence in future teachers of English

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The article tackles the analysis of psychological and pedagogical prerequisites of forming the socio-cultural competence, which are defined by socio-cultural contexts of the modern world. Based on the background of theoretical and empirical research, it is found out that the age period of studying for a Master’s degree is beneficial for forming the socio-cultural skills in critical reading of on-line news articles as a source of socio-cultural knowledge. The article highlights that this period is the most favorable for forming the learners’ critical thinking skills for them to be able to assess the socio-cultural phenomenon or event, which is being studied by the future University teachers of English. It has been shown that critical thinking is neither about negative opinion nor about criticism, but it has to do with a sorted out approach with the purpose to make a well-grounded judgment and a decision as for the objectivity or bias of the socio-cultural information that is presented in the on-line news articles. It has been stated and proved that the process of the professional education of the future University teachers of English provides opportunities to interpret the ideas, expressed in on-line news articles, correctly, avoiding prejudice or bias. It helps to build up one’s own well-grounded opinion as for this or that socio-cultural phenomenon, even despite the respected ideas of others. The age period of studying for a Master’s degree is ideal for forming the socio-cultural competence. However, one shouldn’t consider the development of critical thinking as the only one, which is beneficial. It is viewed that a separate «Critical Thinking» discipline in the education system of our country is not a panacea: it is important to enable the future University teachers of English to use the critical thinking skills in particular subject-related activity in the frames of specific University disciplines. It is stated that forming critical reading skills is possible in the process of forming the socio-cultural competence in the discipline of English Practice Course



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