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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)

3. SUCCESS INDICATORS

Quantitative data:
achievement results on the university scale indicate a rise in the percentage of the student population completing the obligatory L2 courses (from 82% in the autumn semester of 2005-2006 to 90% in the autumn term of the current 2007-2008 academic year).

Qualitative indicators:
The Centre of Foreign Languages carries out a regular survey (at the end of each semester) to find out students’ attitude towards language teaching/learning. The most positive results have been obtained at the International Studies Centre (the only faculty providing its first-cycle students with Bachelor study courses via L2).

  • the highest self-confidence rate in L2 competence among students of the International Studies Centre is self-evident (they acknowledge that they can optimize their communicative competence in L2 in a natural/not simulated institutional environment);
  • students felt positive about the intensive contact with foreign student population of the faculty (they are aware of the importance of successful intercultural communication regarding their future careers in a demanding multicultural environment);
  • they also had the highest motivation rate – they are aware of the importance of languages both for their studies and future profession.

 

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