Scientific Networking of all 10 Russian Federal Universities in the Field of Applied Linguistics Continues Successfully

Scientific Networking of all 10 Russian Federal Universities in the Field of Applied Linguistics Continues Successfully

On 14th May, 2021, another event took place within the framework of the all-Russian project of scientific networking in the field of applied linguistics and pedagogy of professional training. Namely, a large in the structure and content video forum of the federal universities was held. It was an all-Russian scientific and practical conference on the theme "Scientific Collaboration of the Federal Universities on Bachelor’s Programes in the Field of Applied Linguistics in the Context of Digitalization". The event was organised by the Department of Translation Studies and Applied Linguistics of the Higher School of Social Sciences, Humanities and International Communication and scientific and educational center “Integrative Translation Studies in Sub-Arctic Dimension” of NArFU named after M. Lomonosov.

The video forum consisted of 4 parts: a welcoming speech, a plenary discussion, a competition of bachelor students' research papers on problems of applied linguistics in the context of digitalization and a wrap-up meeting.

The welcoming speech was given by K. Zaikov, NArFU Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Information Policy and A. Polikarpov, manager of the scientific networking project, Head of the Department of Translation Studies and Applied Linguistics.

In the plenary discussion 15 teachers of all 10 federal universities made presentations on innovations in training bachelors of linguistics. It should be noted that every federal university has accumulated unique experience of networking and international collaboration. In the teacher's presentations training models, linguistic and didactic concepts, methodologies, platforms and projects were presented. All the presentations were interdisciplinary and practical in nature. Indeed, all the forum participants dived into the linguistic, cultural, didactic diversity and even plurality of statistics in the context of digitalization. The universities got closer during the communication and search for forms of cooperation. Now there is a possibility of focused collaboration through conducting seminars, round tables and workshops. It is a key condition for multi-level education on its every step. It was valuable that in the presentations pressure points and problems of digitalization were highlighted, as well as difficulties in interaction between labor market and education system, contradiction between requests of employers and interests of students, goals of students and education process, difficulties in fundamental and applied areas of education.

The plenary discussion showed that all the colleagues are looking for innovations. They care about the results of their work in education and set up to continue cooperation and new developments.

Dr. Klaus Washik, Director of the Institute for Intensive Foreign Language Training at the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia) and Doctor of Philological Sciences Svetlana Kibardina, Professor of the Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication of Vologda State University, presented international networking project on digitalization "Consortium Netzwerk D", related to learning the German language and culture. NArFU and UrFU are already part of this international consortium. The information about the presented e-learning programme aroused great interest among the rest of the forum participants and it was decided to organise a special seminar on this educational platform.   

The participants of the video forum were surprised and delighted by the novelty of research of bachelor students - young scientists. The students presented results of their research, visualised it and express their thoughts appropriately. All studies were interdisciplinary and practical in nature and had social value for many professional areas. The fact that the studies were relevant was undoubtedly obvious. Methodology of research was well-structured. The materials were presented in a logical order. It was clear that supervisors helped the students with their research wisely and consistently. We are especially pleased that there was non-formal approach to presenting results of research. Heated discussion on the reports both in chat (in order to save time) and orally was in the form of Q&A sessions. All students answered the questions with sufficient competence. This showed that they are really talented and ready for further scientific work.

There were 15 reports on the forum. All the presented works deserve our highest praise and it won't be easy for the jury consisting of representatives from all federal universities to chose the best ones. The results will appear next week.

Within the framework of the video forum there was a competition of research reports of bachelor students. Every federal university was represented by 1-2 students who raised different issues of applied linguistics in the context of digitalization. The topics of presentations were quite diverse: translation of fiction and lyrics, neural machine translation and post-editing of machine translation of technical texts, communicative strategies and tactics in a crisis situation, manipulation strategies and tactics in speech of characters in the series. The studies were based on the material of German, English, Chinese and Yakut languages. The students showed great interest in their research topics, willingness to find solutions for contentious issues and capacity for conducting scientific research. The jury of the contest assessed the works against predefined criteria, as well as against participants' ability to defend the methods chosen, approach to the problem and to debate.

At the end of the forum, after six hours of scientific interaction, evaluation and ratings were conducted and the draft declaration was adopted. It is being negotiated and will be adopted in the final text in the coming days.

There are a great number of positive reviews on this scientific event. For example, like these:    

Doctor of Philological Sciences Galina Lotskevich, Head of the Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication of Far Eastern Federal University, writes: "I am very grateful for the wonderful event, high level of professionalism and excellent atmosphere. I'd like to continue. We are with you! We will think about a meeting within the framework of our networking".

Candidate of Philological Sciences Natalia Kislitsina, Head of the Foreign Language Department №1 of Crimean Federal University named after V.I. Vernadsky, writes: "Dear colleagues, Mr. Polikarpov! Thank you for the initiation of a real networking project and for constant maintaining its working capacity that meets high university education standarts in Russia and in the world. The main thing about this project, in my opinion, is creating a platform for direct communication between geographically remote leading universities. Thanks to you the inter-university working community of teachers-researchers, who work on increasing the efficiency of theoretical and practical training of students, was actually established during a relatively short period of time. Thank you for the privilege and opportunity of being a part of this community".

Candidate of Philological Sciences Natalia Kurakina, Associate Professor of the Institute of Humanities of Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University writes: "Dear Mr. Polikarpov! Thank you for the organisation and holding such an important event! Thank you to all the colleagues and participants for such interesting reports! I was very pleased to attend this forum".

Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences Tatiana Lomteva, Professor of the Department of Romano-Germanic Philology and Language Pedagogy of North-Caucasus Federal University writes: Thank you very much for the idea of unity and corporate spirit. We didn't have anything like this for a long time, it is very useful and "inspirational" for professionals".

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