Philology Matters


The author of the article considers one of the most topical issues of our time – teaching of a foreign language at school. The author underlines a lot of opportunities for increasing the effectiveness of foreign language lessons where the process of linguistic, cognitive, social and creative factors is at play. Students need to master the skills of academic writing not only for acquiring the knowledge, but also for their further education. It is also significant for teachers to know who their students are, what they think and how teachers can best assist them.This study examines the last-year schoolchildren at specialized schools. A questionnaire and interviews were used to collect data about students’ level of speaking and listening awareness, their attitudes toward, expectations for, assumptions about and motivation for learning foreign languages. The preliminary results of the research show that students from different classes initially have different concepts about the in put and output process with different learning styles. The conclusion can also be drawn about those students’ level for academic purpose is increasing on a daily basis. Following the analysis of preliminary research results, some recommendations for language teaching will also be presented. Expanding knowledge about the cultural heritage of their native country they become familiar with the culture of the countriesof the studied language and the key to students’ successful speech activity is non-traditional forms of the English language lessons.

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