АНАЛІЗ НАВЧАЛЬНИХ ПЛАНІВ ПРОГРАМ БАКАЛАВРА ТА МАГІСТРА ГУМАНІТАРНИХ НАУК ІЗ ФІЛОЛОГІЧНИХ СПЕЦІАЛЬНОСТЕЙ У БІРМІНГЕМСЬКОМУ УНІВЕРСИТЕТІ
The Analysis of the Syllabus of BA and MA Programs in Language Courses in the University of Birmingham
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The peculiarities of professional training of philologists in the universities of Great Britain are shown in the article. On the example of the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music at College of Humanities of the University of Birmingham the author analyses the content, forms and methods of the professional training of philologists at bachelor and master levels. Detailed description of the BA and MA programs syllabuses with a list of compulsory and optional modules and their credit values are depicted in the publication. The author finds out that among a great variety of teaching methods most popular in teaching foreign languages at the University of Birmingham are: the communicative, audio-lingual, «brain-storm» methods. Theoretical material is given mostly at lectures, followed by a number of practical classes, which have a form of small groups. Great attention in the educational process is paid to the tutorials. The teaching and learning foreign languages at the University of Birmingham are mainly aimed at the foreign language competence development, thus classes are organized in such a way that the students speak the target language much. One of the characteristic features of high quality training of philologists is the year abroad module, which takes place in the third university year. The students have a great opportunity to improve their level of foreign language, face the realities of socio-cultural life of people, who speak the target language. The students choose one of the forms of completing the module: to be an assistant in German or Austrian school from British Council, to study at one of the sister-universities, to work for a foreign company where German is an official language. This module is the most interesting and favourite among the students. They continue their study with almost completed idea of the future plans: either to work at school, or to continue study in order to gain MA degree. If the students choose the second option, they have to spend a year (full-time) or two (part-time) at Birmingham more. MA programs have also module structure – the students study compulsory and optional modules. The author analyses MA program in «Literature Linguistics» course with a detailed description of the modules. One of the compulsory elements of MA program is the dissertation. So, the professional training of philologists in the University of Birmingham is realized at bachelor and master levels.
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