Developing students’ sociocultural competence in foreign language classes


The study examines some topical issues associated with the quality of vocational training of future language educators. It highlights the role of new technologies in teaching foreign languages as an effective means of facilitating efficient communication of specialists of various spheres in a multicultural environment. The authors analyse the factors that contribute to the relevance and necessity of cross-cultural ideas in the field of language education. Particular attention is paid to the description of specific features of teaching foreign languages built on an intercultural basis. The article demonstrates the need for and the objective nature of transformation of the linguistic and educational paradigm – from communicative to intercultural. Considering the importance of professional and speech culture, special attention is also paid to professional- focused technology in intercultural communication teaching.

KEYWORDS: foreign language training, intercultural communication, intercultural approach, teaching technology, verbal means, non-verbal means, conflict of cultures

VIKTORIYA V. VETRINSKAYA. Teacher and Lecturer in Foreign Languages Dpt, Faculty of Economics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University). Member of the Business and Vocational Foreign Languages Teachers National Association. Member of the Russian authors group that developed the language examination for the school-leaving certificate. Research interests cover the German language, professional and business communication.

TATIANA A. DMITRENKO. DSc in Education. Professor in Foreign Languages Dpt, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Moscow Pedagogical State University (MPGU), Russia. Academician of the International Teachers’ Training Academy of Science. Research interests cover theory and practice of intercultural professional communication and professional- focused technology in intercultural communication teaching. Holds membership of a number of professional associations of linguists and language teachers in Russia and abroad.

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