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An Overview of Language Teaching at Kaunas University of Technology

Author(s): Regina Petrylaite
Institution/Organisation: Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania (LT)

Summary

The case study gives an overview of the initiatives and practices of language teaching at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. KTU is a state-supported university training engineers and managers for different branches of Lithuania’s economy. It is the second largest university in Lithuania with about 20 thousand undergraduate and 516 doctoral students, 1.000 members of teaching and research staff. The university has a set language policy for all the 11 faculties, language learning being an obligatory component of the students’ first-cycle programme (12 ECTS), the required C1 level is to be achieved at the end of the first-cycle programme. Language modules prepared by the teaching staff of the Centre of Foreign Languages at KTU are designed to develop academic and professional communicative competence in a foreign language. The learning outcomes, success factors, practical realisation presented in the case study relate to the initiatives undertaken by the Centre of Foreign Languages, while the section on success indicators provides both quantitative data on the University scale and some qualitative indicators of one faculty, namely the International Studies Centre.

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