Student Scientific Society (SSS)
Given the problems facing the system of education which considers the task of training not only a qualified person, but also the formation of a creative personality, the ability to self-development and innovation activities to be prior, the Department is considering independent work of students as one of the main forms of the educational process.
Under these conditions, the importance of the research activities of students as the most important factor in the formation of the creative professional, capable of self-expression is enhanced. As part of the management of research work of students the department carries out training of undergraduates of all specialties in SSS (3, 4 courses). In total work in the SSS, students receive a certificate (Qualifications):
"Interpreter of technical literature from a foreign language."
Training in the SSS is the abstracting and annotating of scientific and technical literature on a specialty in a foreign language, working with primary sources (scientific journals of universities in Western Europe, textbooks published in the countries of the studied language), abstracting of translated scientific literature, discussion of issues of regional and literary character, For participation in scientific student conferences in a foreign language, preparation of creative projects in the studied language by specialty.
Many works of the graduates of the SSS are of scientific and academic interest. The creative nature of the professionally-directed works of students studying in the SSS is manifested in:
Preparation of thematic collections of abstracts in a foreign language in the specialty, which can later be applied to work with students of lower courses;
The development of educational films in the specialty in a foreign language;
Generalization of the experience of other countries in solving a number of topical scientific and technological problems, formulated in the form of scientific and terminological booklets in a foreign language.
Training in the SSS provides unique opportunities for:
- Gaining the skills of conducting research and development activities in the specialty in the studied language, integrated with the subjects of research of graduating departments;
- Maintaining a professionally-oriented level of communicative competence and improving the speaking skills;
- Acquisition of additional qualifications required for a modern specialist in a wide range of disciplines;
- Students develop skills of reflective thinking (analysis, annotation, abstracting in a foreign language, etc.);
- Students develop a positive motivation for conducting educational, cognitive, research and scientific activities in a foreign language.
The thematic focus of the SSS is different: geography, environmental education, professionally-oriented scientific and technical translation, modern production technologies.
Training of students in SSS is carried out with students of 3-4 courses of all the faculties of BSTU.
There are 20 groups working at the Department, where 213 students are trained, 150 of them in the first year, 63 students – in the second.
Scientific and Technical Student Conference BSTU (STSC)
Every year (February / March) the Department holds Scientific and Technical Student Conference in foreign languages, to participate in which undergraduate students and students in SSS are involved.
The best student reports are published in the conference proceedings in accordance with the results of the Scientific and Technical Conference.
Taking into account the main provisions of the concept of teaching foreign languages in the system of continuous education of the Republic of Belarus and on the basis of the requirements of new state standards, the department continues to work with third-year students in elective classes to study the course "Business Foreign Language". The elective on a foreign language was introduced into the educational process on September 1, 2008 in accordance with the curricula of the 2nd generation. Training is conducted in a specially equipped audience and is supported by viewing relevant video films, followed by the discussion of individual business situations.
Currently, elective classes are held only with students of the specialty "Information Systems and Technologies". Students study the course "Business Foreign Language" in the form of business games. 2 groups of English and 1 group of German have been formed. In each group there are 8-12 students. Classes are conducted by the most experienced lecturers of the department. Students enter groups at will, informing about the work of the elective is carried out through the corresponding deans.
The work of electives allows to ensure the continuation of active language learning after the end of the basic course and to maintain communicative competence at a good level.
Research work of master’s degree students, graduate students and applicants
Teaching a foreign language continues further in the Department in the course of preparation of master’s degree students, graduate students and applicants for passing the candidate's examination. When organizing the work, the Department took into account the recommendations presented in the Council Decision of the BSTU "On the state preparation of graduate students and applicants in general education disciplines" of January 30, 2007, and the training course is not only professionally oriented, but is also communicative.
In accordance with the objectives of a foreign language preparation, the content of the course is to teach various types of speech activity in the prospective areas of professional and scientific communication of specialists. The thematic content of the course is implemented into two ways; oral and written communication in a foreign language. For this purpose, in order to unify the requirements in 2007, the manual "English and German languages. Methodical instructions for teaching the translation of scientific and technical literature for master’s degree students, graduates and applicants" was published.