INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION: PRESENT AND FUTURE
In 2020, the Institute of Foreign Languages and International Cooperation was established by the decision of the TSPU's Academic Council. The structural basis of the Institute consisted of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of TSPU, represented by five departments, and the Department of International Cooperation.
Today, the goal of the Institute is to train highly qualified competitive bachelor, master's, and postgraduate students in the fields of teaching, linguistics, intercultural communication, translation, and translation studies. All programs offer the study of two foreign languages in various combinations according to the student's choice, among them English, German, French and Chinese. At the same time, students from all faculties and institutes of the university have the opportunity to study an additional language of their choice: Polish, Spanish, Italian, and others. The Institute's foreign language clubs allow students to practice foreign language skills, including conversational practice with native speakers.
The Institute's educational and research activity is carried out by five departments: Department of Romance-Germanic Philology and Foreign Language Teaching Methodology, Department of English Philology and Intercultural Communication, Department of Translation and Translation Studies, Department of Siberian Languages, Department of Business Communication in Russian and Foreign Languages.
Specialists from the Department of Siberian Languages actively continue the research work of Professor A. P. Dulzon on the study of indigenous peoples of Siberia and their languages and further collect historical, ethnographic, archaeological, and linguistic materials.
International relations of the Institute are actively expanding: for example, in 2020 an agreement was signed with the Jilin International Studies University (Changchun, China) on the implementation of a dual degree program. Together with the University of Bristol (Great Britain) the TSPU launched a project of online meetings of the spoken English language club. The Institute's specialists worked with the Turkish Aymak company (Aymak Makine Ltd, Turkey), bloggers from Norway (Jens Axel Tuckle), and in September 2021 the Institute held the 29th international conference "Dulzon Readings", including linguistic, ethnographic and archeological research of minority ethnic groups in Russia.
In the near future, the Institute plans to update the content of the implemented basic educational programs and open a new unique master's program in English.