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    Students, Postgraduates of SUSU Will Be Able to Receive IELTS Int'l Certificate

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    South Ural State University has switched to the international standard of students language training. Now bachelor’s and master’s degree students and also postgraduates from one of the largest Russian universities will be able to take part in advanced English learning with the subsequent receipt of an IELTS international certificate.

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    High-level language training is still one of the most important advantages in the curriculum vitae of a young graduate and also the strongest competitive advantage in the international labor market. Graduates from the South Ural State University hold key positions in the world's leading transnational corporations.

    There are currently more than 2,000 international students from 46 countries studying at SUSU in various specialties (in total there are more than 30 thousand students studying at the university). Due to the active participation of students and research fellows of the university in international educational and scientific projects, the university pays close attention to qualitative language training. Advanced English language learning starts with admission to the bachelor's program.

    Over four years, aside from the general educational program, students study the English language no less than 5 hours a week. According to the results shown so far, they are passing the international IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination.

    The IELTS tests academic skills of a graduate in listening, writing, speaking and reading. The examination is given by independent international testers who are native speakers; the applicant receives an international certificate upon successful completion of the test.

    "Our university started providing this opportunity so that a graduate who has an IELTS certificate could continue studying to obtain a master's degree in Russia or abroad, could contribute to science. The certificate will help him/her to realize himself/herself in international contacts: freely participate in international conferences, prepare his/her own research publications and be a specialist who is in demand on the world's labor market where it is difficult to compete without knowing the international language of communication," notes Deputy Director of SUSU's Institute of Linguistics and International Communication Elena Yaroslavova.

    The level of English language knowledge during enrollment at a university for a non-linguistic specialty doesn't play a big role. All university applicants are provided with comfortable conditions for study based on the level of their language training: from minimal to high. Such an approach allows students to elaborate a personal educational trajectory and gradually move towards their determined goal. International manuals developed specially for successful IELTS completion along with a new teaching have helped a great deal in this.

    "The implementation of ‘mixed' training allows us to maximally increase students' time for independent work and increases classroom efficiency. Students spend 50% of time studying in lecture rooms, and another 50% — studying in online mode. New online technologies allow a lecturer to maximally use their time for live communication with students during classes and to transfer training and practicing certain language skills to online mode with the use of training aids. For that, we have developed 4 levels of online training aids from A1 to C1 which will be tested out during the 2017 academic year," says Elena Yaroslavova.

    The mixed approach to language training was implemented in 2017 for master's degree students and postgraduates as well. Specialized textbook materials for master's degree students and postgraduates along with multi-level online training aids are used in the educational process. This is available via the Moodle online platform. "Language reform" has not only touched students but also the SUSU teaching staff, the majority of whom passed advanced vocational training** and proved their level which corresponds to international teaching standards. Each year, more and more SUSU students, among whom there are many foreign citizens, choose professions connected with language study.

    Specially-designed for international students, the SUSU Institute of Linguistics and International Communication offers the master's degree program "Theory and Practice of the English Language" in the field of "Philology" and is taught in English. Last year, this program was successfully completed by students from Syria and Iraq.

    The master's degree program in the Russian language "Russian as a Foreign Language" is very popular among Chinese students. No less popular is the "Foreign regional Studies" major, under which there is a student exchange between partner universities in Russia and China: for a year students from Russia live and study in China, get acquainted with traditions, learn the language and customs of this country, and vice versa.

    SUSU Institute of Linguistics and International Communications implements programs of advanced language training in 12 bachelor's and master's degree majors (including the double-degree program with US universities), and also for postgraduate studies and specialist's studies. Both Russian and international students can receive a qualitative language education.

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