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Development of language mediation of non-linguistic universities students in the course of learning a foreign language


The relevance of foreign language proficiency of university graduates led to the design and pedagogical testing of the model for the development of mediation of students. The model was implicated in the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in the town of Odintsovo (Moscow Region) in the 1–4 courses and the Kuzbass Institute of the Federal Penal Service of Russia (Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo Region, in the 1–2 courses) in 2019–2021. We clarify the components of the model based on a complex of cultural, competence-based and communicative approaches. The authors viewed mediation training methods and adjustment of the content of education. The working concepts of the study are specified: types of mediation (interactive, non-interactive and hybrid), approaches and methods of developing mediation skills. The principles of selecting the content of language education (development and development of practice-, cultural – and professionally-oriented variable topics; priority of dialogical forms of communication in the language in the field of the studied concept with an emphasis on mediation; conducting negotiations in the language, etc.) based on the results of mediation are substantiated. The experimental work showed that the content of education and teaching methods were the most flexible components of this model, which are quite easily transformed for any type of training (standard, mixed, hybrid and/or distance). The analysis of the language teaching methods used (debates, case studies, etc.) proved their compliance with the requirements of the current standard. The presented experience of the implementation of the developed model, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, is verified by the data of experimental control and measurement procedures that proved the effectiveness of our model for the development of mediation skills of students of non-linguistic universities.


mediation, development of language mediation, foreign language, teaching methods

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