Bilingual education is teaching academic content in two languages—in a mother tongue, and a foreign language, totally or partially, depending on the program model. In Russia, foreign language mainly refers to English, which has gained the status of lingua franca. Therefore it is English which is used as a second language for teaching subjects. In recent years the interest in bilingual education in Russia has risen significantly, because it is connected with ambition for entry into the global business environment, and globalization of economy, and production. The first experience of its use was achieved in schools as well as language specialties of the universities. But nowadays the requirement for English proficiency in non-language specialties has become evident, which I will prove with the example of a Quality Management field specialty. Unlike the countries who are pioneers of this type of education, there is no other native language speaking environment in Russia. That is why bilingual education in Russia has a number of specific peculiarities, and difficulties of use, which I will analyze in this paper. Besides, I consider that this type of education will improve the level of students’ foreign language proficiency because the non-native language will be the means of instruction but not the academic goal. But all of these are available only if education is designed correctly, taking into consideration all organizational, instructional, didactic specialties, and students’ foreign language proficiency levels. Therefore I propose the model of bilingual education in Russian technical universities using the example of Quality Management in accordance to all of the above mentioned statements. I suppose that this model may be applied in other countries that have an absence of a native speaking, foreign language environment, but have the existence of modern requirements for foreign language proficiency in special fields.
|Keywords:||Bilingual Education, Russian Language, English Language, Technical Universities, Model of Bilingual Education, Language Proficiency, Quality Management|
Chair, Commerce Technology and Organization, Center for International Professional Training, Tambov State Technical University, Tambov, Russian Federation
Vice Chansellor of Pre-university Education, CEO of Research Educational Centre "Scientific Forecasting of Continuing Education Development", Chair of Commerce and Computing Science in Business, Tambov State Technical University (TSTU), Tambov, Russian Federation
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