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GRIAT English Center 

The basic medium of instruction at GRIAT is the English language. 

GRIAT English Center was created for supervising and monitoring English education; making reports and analysis of students’ current performance; monitoring students’ progress; working out new strategies, teaching methods and ways to improve the language level at GRIAT. 

The English language has a unique and dominant role to play in the world. There are an estimated 1 billion people in the world that can speak English either as a native language or a second language. There are many different aims when teaching English and it might differ when teaching it to native speakers or second language speakers.

The main objective of teaching English is split into 2:

  1. The Language Aspect: includes words, sentences, paragraphs, pronunciation, spelling and grammar.
  2. The Literature Aspect: includes the expression of ideas, feelings and experiences.

When looking at the Language Aspect, there are 4 main skills that need to be developed; reading, writing, speaking and listening. At the same time as developing these skills, the student needs to use the language correctly, this involves using grammar correctly as well as establishing the appropriate relationship between the different linguistic components. Some cognitive objectives would be contributing to the student’s personal, intellectual and professional growth.

During the English education students are prepared to the IELTS Academic exam because it is required by the German partner universities to have at least 6.0.

GRIAT students are also offered an opportunity to learn and enhance their language skills in German.

GRIAT German Center

The GRIAT German Center (GGC) is by default a core unit of GRIAT. Since the foundation of GRIAT, and through the financial support of DAAD, the GGC has been a vital part in building the transnational teaching and research network in the spheres of science, academic education, research collaborations, and transcultural exchange between Germany and Russia.

The GGC activities are manifold. The central part consists of weekly German lessons for all GRIAT students, seeking to spend their 3rd (and possibly 4th) semester at their German partner university. The second part covers regular office hours to offer individual consultations on DAAD stipend programs as well as single and/or annual information events like KAI Open Doors Day to distribute flyers, leaflets, and other marketing materials.

The GGC has also been established as a satellite test center for the onSET language test in German and English since October 2017. In cooperation with the TestDaF Institute in Bochum, GGC can offer access to the certified onSET German and/or English online test to evaluate the current level of language command.

The third field of activity seeks to move beyond the Institute’s borders and is mostly concerned with event management of various forms and formats, target groups, contents, and levels of on-site interaction with people from Germany, cultural artifacts, and/or the German language.

Given the rich German history in and around Kazan and the rather high interest in learning German among children, youth, and adults, the GGC is set in a viable context, which has great potential for growth and future networking.