Interim Head of the Department of Foreign Languages, Information and Communication Technologies
About the Department of Foreign Languages, Information and Communication Technologies
The Department of Foreign Languages was founded on July 1, 2017. It offers a full schedule of courses in English, German, French, Polish, Latin and Ukraininan as a foreign language at various levels.
Lyudmyla Kraynyak is the head of the Department and her team provides engaging, innovative, and challenging courses. The lecturers are experienced, enthusiastic, and dedicated to helping students learn a language and gain cultural competency. There are 31 full-time department members, among them 29 candidates of sciences, 25 associate professors and 6 lecturers. 11 of them are qualified CELTA and TESOL holders too. Shaun Hicks, a Peace-corps volunteer from the United States, some speakers and tutors from Germany regularly provide students with the necessary counseling, as well as help them adapt to further studies abroad.
The activities of the Department of Foreign Languages correspond to the educational standards of the Law of Ukraine "On Higher Education", "National Strategy for the Development of Education in Ukraine for 2012-2021", "The Statute of the Ternopil National Economic University" and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment.
The Department’s mission is to help students not only become proficient in a foreign language, but to think critically about the world and immerse themselves in new cultures. The lectureres encourage them to travel, study abroad, conduct research and embrace diversity. The main purpose of teaching is in-depth study of students of a foreign language as a means of communication, which involves the development of speech skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing. Through the communicative learning method and using interactive and information technologies, students develop business communication skills, read authentic literature on a professional basis, conduct discussions, debates, presentations, write annotations, essays, articles, research and prepare for the preparation of international tests in English (FCE, PET) and German (Test AS and on-DaF). In addition, the foreign language learning process involves preparing students for listening and discussing lectures in foreign languages from the following specialist disciplines: management, international economics, finance, law etc. given by academics, well-known professors from leading universities in Europe and the United States.
The Department holds international, national and regional scientific and practical conferences, scientific and methodological seminars on current issues of cognitive linguistics, modern methods of teaching foreign languages and business communication, terminology, comparative studies, translation studies, linguistic pragmatics and literary studies, some special tests are prerequisite for participation in foreign scholarship programs.
Teachers of the department are participants in International, All-Ukrainian, regional scientific-practical conferences and seminars in Ternopil, Lviv, Donetsk, Odessa, Kharkiv, Kherson, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernihiv, Minsk, Warsaw. The department maintains contacts with home and foreign higher educational institutions. The closest contacts of the department are established with the Kyiv National Linguistic University, Lviv National Ivan Franko University, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsy National University, Volodymyr Hnatyuk Ternopil National Pedagogical University, British Council in Ukraine, Ukrainian-American Association of Higher Education, the German Academic
Teachers of the Department received scientific, pedagogical and linguistic internships at the leading universities of Europe, Canada and the United States: London, Edinburgh, Aarhus, Leeds, Chicago, Miami, Flint, Athens, Toronto, New York, Dresden. They also take part in the work of English teachers’ international organizations i.e. IATEFL and TESOL, the Ukrainian-American Association of Higher Education Workers (UAACE), Vistas Canada EDU, the Bukovel Spring Academic School and the Ukrainian Union of Higher School Germanists.