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:
- The Language Aspect: includes words, sentences, paragraphs, pronunciation, spelling and grammar.
- 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.
The Centre for German language at GRIAT was opened In September, 2015 . The main objective of the Centre is teaching the German language to all GRIAT students. Here the students can also learn more about the grant programs of DAAD, familiarize themselves with the history, culture, education and research in Germany, participate in various German cultural events and build cross-cultural bridges between the two countries.
During the first and second semester all students get obligatory 90 minutes German classes per week in groups with maximum 15 learners. In the first academic year all students mostly achieve the level A1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. At the German partner universities the students should be able to continue German classes with level A2 or higher, at the end of the program should be the possibility to speak German on level B1. During the lessons in the first academic year the main focus is on communicative skills: Students are encouraged to speak as much as possible so they can get along in every day life and university setting during their stay in Germany. Working in groups, games, role play, station learning and action orientated training of means of verbal expression enable a high proportion of speaking time of each learner.
In the course of the classes students get the possibility to discover intercultural differences in the academic settings and in every day life and develop suggestions or thought-provoking ideas to cope with them. Learning material based on the specific needs of the GRIAT students to be prepared for their stay in Germany was developed and supplements text books as Panorama, Studio 21, Menschen and Themen Neu used during the lessons. The main language of the lessons is German, questions and grammatical explanations are also made in Russian or English.
A part of the intercultural preparation of the students for their semester is done during the lessons building on the classical topics of language education for beginners; for example while talking about daily routines and planning different understandings and handling of deadlines and making appointments with scientific advisors are addressed. Cultural events, for example on traditional celebrations or music culture, are more focused on language acquisition. Students also take active part in team workshops , quizzes, small presentations or the like.