Language Competence in a Puzzle of Modern Russian Vocational Education

  •  Vladislav Serikov    
  •  Elena Loktyushina    
  •  Viktoria Pichugina    


The article shows that foreign language skills influence the professional success in a globalized economy. Training experts who are able to use foreign languages at the level required for professional communications is highly urgent for today’s Russia, however there is hardly any experience of training such experts in accordance with international standards in most Russian universities. In this regard the authors propose to change the structure of professional education and criteria of assessing the professional competence of an expert. A competence in using a foreign language as a tool for interaction with partners and solving professional problems should become an integral part of the content of vocational education. A foreign language should be mastered as a tool of solving professional tasks, while language training should be organized on the basis of modeling key professional communicative situations. Besides, unwillingness to communicate professionally with foreign partners must be considered as manifestation of professional incompetence of a specialist. The authors point out that such model of professional training with a foreign language included in its structure is the most important for countries seeking integration into the world economy.

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