Language of “International Relations” Major in the Classroom with International Students

Document Type: Research Article

Authors

1 Kazan Federal University

2 Xi’an International Studies University

10.22055/rals.2019.15159

Abstract

Currently, non-linguistic majors have begun to attract more and more international students who come to Russia to receive higher education, including in the area of ​​International Relations. In this case, studies of the Russian language as a means of mastering the chosen university major is a prerequisite for the educational process. The paper provides evidence for importance of teaching the language of the university major to international students (non-linguists); the object and subject of the study are denoted; research methodology is described; the purpose, goals and novelty of the study are presented. A scientific literature review resulted in the summary of general principles and methods of teaching Russian as a language of the university major to international students. Having studied a number of educational materials, the authors set forth the features of the best workbook for future experts in international affairs, such as a clear structure of units, a variety of activities, visibility of the learning material, and, most importantly - the connection of language materials with the students’ major. The paper shows the structure, purpose, and advantages of the sample unit "International organizations" designed on the basis of these criteria. Examples of assignments are given, principles adopted by authors in designing the unit and objectives of different assignments are explained. The results and summary are presented in the conclusion. Prospects for further research in this area are outlined.

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