Account of the International Conference “Teaching Foreign Languages and New Approaches to Academic Cooperation in Digital Age”

On March 26 the International Conference “Teaching Foreign Languages and New Approaches to Academic Cooperation in Digital Age” was held at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

The Conference opened with a welcome word and short reports dedicated to innovative ways of teaching foreign languages delivered by the representatives of MCU international partner organizations.
The attendees had a chance to listen to Gaël Crépieux, Director of the French Institute in Russia, who spoke about the vital role that digital appliances play in the present-day learning process. Mr. Crépieux stressed the importance of cognitive psychology and communicative approach to teaching foreign languages.

The next report was presented by Manuel Fernández-Conde Rodríguez, Head of the Teaching Department at the Cervantes Institute in Moscow. Mr. Rodríguez shared his own experience of linguistic and cultural stereotypes he encountered during his career of teaching Spanish. He also commented on the opportunities offered by online teaching and distance language proficiency testing.

Finally, Charlotte Rance, teaching methods specialist from Oxford University Press, talked about the importance of traditions and global perspectives of education development.

The general session was followed by round tables, workshops and seminars dedicated to 4 foreign languages: English, French, German and Spanish.

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