On March 19, 2021, International round table "Social Networks in Higher Education: Entertainment or Actual Help in Learning a Foreign Language?" took place. The round table was organized by the NArFU Higher School of Social Sciences, Humanities and International Communication (Arkhangelsk) and Lectorate of the German Academic Exchange Service (UrFU, Yekaterinburg) and was held online.
This is the fourth event held in cooperation between the two organizations since the beginning of the pandemic, designed to discuss and stimulate scientific discussion on the development of scientific research areas of the Higher School "Linguistic Aspects of Internet Communication" and "Digital Tools for the Personalization of Language Education".
The round table on social networks was attended by representatives of 4 countries (USA, UK, Spain, Russia) from 9 different universities. The moderators and organizers of the event were Andrea Liebschner (lecturer of the German Academic Exchange Service of the Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg) and Larisa Shchipitsina (Professor of the Department of German and French Philology of the NArFU, Arkhangelsk). The creation of web quests for students was discussed in the two working languages of the event, English and Russian. Participant provided examples of using social networks Facebook, Vkontakte, and TikTok for educational purposes drawing a parallel between the learning platforms used by different universities and social networks.
The presentation "Communicative, Cultural, and Humanistic Contexts of a Facebook Post: a Case Study of an Advanced Russian Language Classroom" (Olga Mesropova, University of Iowa, USA, author of the book "Faces of Contemporary Russia"), the presentation on the use of Internet memes in language teaching (Maria Romanova, Mari State University, Yoshkar-Ola) and the presentation on the didactic potential of chatbots in teaching foreign languages (Larisa Shchipitsina, NArFU, Arkhangelsk) were of particular interest.
In general, the event was lively and interesting, both speakers and listeners actively participated in the discussion of the topics covered in the program and had the opportunity to share their positive experience of introducing social media into the educational environment of the university.
It is planned to publish a collection of scientific articles indexed in the RSCI based on the results of the presentations.