Developing E-learning Skills Within English Language Training
Foreign language training at the Slovak University of Technology (hereinafter referred as STU), the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology (MTF), Institute of Engineering Pedagogy and Humanities (ÚIPH), Department of Professional Language Training (KOJP) is being carried out according to the syllabus based on a thorough analysis of the Faculty’s students and graduates’ needs on one hand, and the demands of practice and employers on the other hand. The syllabus has been continuously innovated to improve the graduates’ skills and their competitiveness in the regional and international job markets, while satisfying also the demands of industrial practice. Developing E-learning Skills Within English Language Training
The innovations reflect the challenges of the Lisbon strategy, Sorbonne declaration and Bologna declaration: to improve foreign language competence of the students of technical branches, to increase their readiness to enter the European job market, and to harmonise the European university sectors in order to prepare graduates for mobility, global job market and global and international research and scientific environment.
Since the integration into the European Union, the STU students have encounter the challenges to participate in student mobility in foreign universities in the countries, including Germany, Russia, Spain, Finland, Belgium and Japan, where e-learning practices are a prerequisite for mastering the university study. At the same time, the Slovak Republic has attracted foreign investors and multinationals. In wider context, it can be considered as forming positive attitudes e.g. to entrepreneurship as well as building necessary entrepreneurial skills, e.g. initiative, creativity, willingness to risk, reliability, etc. . This consequently calls for developing creative and challenging e-education environment and developing e-learning skills within English for Science and Technology (EST) language training.