Article 19115

Title of the article

 FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING AT A NON-LINGUISTIC UNIVERSITY USING TESTS OF A PROBLEM TYPE

Authors

Kreer Mikhail Yakovlevich, Candidate of pedagogical sciences, head of sub-department of foreign languages, Saint-Petersburg branch of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation (15–17 Syezzhinskaya street, Saint-Petersburg, Russia), mkreer@mail.ru
Pilipchuk Elena Dmitrievna, Candidate of philological sciences, associate professor, sub-department of foreign languages, Saint-Petersburg branch of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation (15–17 Syezzhinskaya street, Saint-Petersburg, Russia), ray3dog@yandex.ru

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Abstract

Background. Currently, the test method of training and checking in foreign language teaching has become widely popular among university teachers. Tests are applied in a great variety of diagnostic, training and checking tasks in the process of foreign language studying. A particular emphasis is placed on attempts to consider the concept of the test itself in terms of a linguodidactic point of view, thus applying nonstandard test types along with standard ones. These tasks encourage students to be more independent and use the creative approach and critical thinking that has been currently in a great demand.
Materials and methods. This article focuses on the test method of training and cheking in foreign languages teaching, applied through the test of a problem type. Then, it provides with a classification of a matrix as a problem type test, its formal and substantial features. The matrix is any data arranged in a table with rows and columns, which defines the shape and the value. The methodological and statistical methods include calculation of the Spearman rank correlation coefficient (the factor analysis), scaling (the Rasch model) and the Ward's method (the cluster analysis). The studies were carried out using the methods of descriptive statistics and content analysis.
Results. Competence development testing among students taking a second foreign language (German) was conducted at the Department of Foreign Languages of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Financial University in 2013–2014. The article outlines the research results in the sphere of the foreign language by applying the matrix in terms of quantitative and qualitative characters. The study has revealed that the students have become more interested in learning foreign languages and more motivated to achieve results in language studying.
Conclusions. The fact that the results obtained by the matrix method coincide with the findings obtained by other testing methods proves high effectiveness of the matrix method and its congruence to other methods. According to the authors, the test matrix method as a problem type task is one of the most up-to-date teaching tools, creating an effective model of foreign language learning in whole.

Key words

matrix, testing, test of problem type, competence, training, control.

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