Fostering Student's English Competence via University Teachers' Cooperation

  • Gabriela Chmelíková Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava, Department of Languages and Humanities, Slovak Republic
  • Ľudmila Hurajová Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava, Department of Languages and Humanities, Slovak Republic

Abstract

The last twenty-five years were quite significant for the foreign language teaching at the Slovak universities. At some universities, the language teachers are allotted to subject-specific departments, and at some others the foreign language teaching is provided via outsourced language practitioners. To be more specific, at the Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology (the largest STU faculty with approx. 3,000 students), only the English language has been taught for more than eight years, and the number of English language practitioners has been decreased to three people. In this contribution authors try to comment on possible solutions to the situation which might be seen in closer interdisciplinary cooperation with subject-specific departments, particularly in projects. The other possibility how to integrate more foreign language teaching into higher education is represented by CLIL method. The authors look at the issue from the point of view of their own teaching experience and also regarding the experience done within the international ERASMUS+ project titled Transnational exchange of good CLIL practice among European Educational Institutions. They would also like to focus on how CLIL can be implemented into teaching in Higher Education Institutions and present their research ideas leading to enhancing internationalization process of higher education and at the same time to fostering English competence of students and disciplinary teachers via teachers´ cooperation.
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2018-12-03
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Research Article