An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the TSU Faculty of Foreign Languages and the Faculty of Psychology continues to study functional bilinguals – TSU students. The project will help to develop a system for creating an artificial language environment for the effective development of foreign languages.
Now more people strive not only to master English or another foreign language, but also organize the process of upbringing and education of their children in such a way that the child grows up from childhood in a multilingual environment. It is believed that properly created conditions for language acquisition, even in an artificial environment, can contribute to the development of signs of so-called artificial bilingualism in students.
Today, curricula at language faculties are designed so that the learning process is as close as possible to real situations of verbal communication in a foreign language. Almost 50% of subjects are taught in the foreign language, which creates an artificial linguistic environment aimed at developing not only linguistic but also sociolinguistic, discursive, strategic, social, and sociocultural competence.
Therefore, one of the project's objectives is to study the conditions of the multilingual language environment at the university and beyond. This is necessary to identify the maximum number of factors that determine the formation and development of foreign language skills in students.
Currently, TSU linguists are conducting diagnostic measures to assess the dynamics of the development of language skills and the influence of environmental components on them. The Faculty of Foreign Languages project focuses on functional bilinguals, research methods are also selected and developed taking into account the three declared aspects of describing the content characteristics of bilingualism: linguistic, psychological, and sociolinguistic.
Students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages are actively involved in the project. At this stage, the project group includes 20 students of the 1st year and 15 students of the 3rd year of study. They not only get the opportunity to find out their level of language from different perspectives and receive a confirmation certificate, but they can also independently track the dynamics of their learning, learn how to maintain a language portfolio, and consciously control the direction of development of language and communication skills in a foreign language.