2 May 2020
Under this name, on April 30, 2020, the Department of Foreign Philology of the Faculty of Philology held an international webinar on the Cisco Webex platform. The main purpose of the webinar: the exchange of experience in organizing the educational process in the online learning mode and the presentation of the results of the practical application of distance learning technologies in foreign philological disciplines.
The organizing committee for training included the Department of General Linguistics and European Languages of Al-Farabi KazNU (Almaty), the head of the department, Doctor of Philology, Professor G.B.Madieva and the department of Roman-Germanic linguistics and foreign literature of M.Akmulla Bashkir State Pedagogical University (Ufa), head of the department, Doctor of Philology Tatyana Alexandrovna Burkova.
The webinar had an official part with a welcoming speech by the Vice-Rector of L.N.Gumilev ENU E.A.Ongarbaev, Dean of the Faculty of Philology A.B.Beisenbai. The vice-rector for educational and methodical work of Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages, Chairperson of the Republican teaching department for Foreign Languages T.A.Kulgeldinova, and Vice-Rector for T.N. Shevchenko Academic Affairs of the Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports, who actively participated in the webinar and spoke in the discussion after all the presentations were completed.
The webinar program included presentations by representatives of 6 different universities of Kazakhstan - scientists and specialists from S.Toraigyrov PSU (Pavlodar), University of Baishev (Aktobe), Khoja Ahmed Yasawi International Kazakh-Turkish University (Turkestan), Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages (Almaty), Al-Farabi KazNU (Almaty), L.N.Gumilev ENU. Along with Kazakhstani scientists, scientists from M.Akmulla Bashkir State Pedagogical University (Ufa), The St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo of Bulgaria and the Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports presented their presentations.
The topics of the reports were very different, as the participants emphasized, they contained very useful information for the teaching practice of teaching foreign subjects, English and other foreign languages. So, for example, Dina Raulievna Fatkulova from Bashkiria presented a detailed review of GOOGLE programs that she uses in the practice of studying English and French. These include Pearson English Platform, Paddled, Google. She skillfully uses the latest platforms and fills them with modern content.
With great enthusiasm was received the presentation of Nesipbay Guldana, senior lecturer of the Department of General Linguistics and European Languages of Al-Farabi KazNU (Almaty), in which she introduced the audience in detail to the organization of the distance learning process in information and educational systems such as Univer and Moodle SDO. She talked about the main programs, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Google Hangouts, YouTube Streaming.
Lecturer from Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages Zhazira Montaevna Karabalaeva demonstrated in real time how to connect to Quizlet and Slido programs, convenient for organizing group work and virtual communication with students. She masterfully owns these programs on the Internet, having her own account on Google, that she has arranged her method of use on You Tube for all users and shared links with them to the audience of the webinar.
A scientist from Khoja Ahmed Yasawi International Kazakh-Turkish University in Turkestan, Akylbek Kairattbekuly Meyirbekov, also showed in real-time use the functioning of the MOODLE intra-university platform. He talked about all the applications of this automated system, demonstrated the ease of their discovery and the possibility of placing their materials and developments in them.
Head of the Department of Postgraduate Education of Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports Nurmira Abdybekova talked about the use of the Coogle Classroom and Zoom platforms in professional English classes for sportmen. Particularly impressive in this presentation was the experience of introducing into the educational process their own books, teaching aids in the Kyrgyz language for foreigners and English-Kyrgyz dictionaries.
Doctor of Philology, Professor of Baishev University from Aktobe, Kusanova Bibigul Hakimovna presented the methods of project teaching professionally oriented English for journalists. This filling of educational content is new and especially relevant in view of the fact that the material is collected in the course of specific and really functioning scientific projects that have not been previously described and are not presented in textbooks. In a word, the professor showed the experience of the author's approach to the formation of the content of the educational process.
Scientists and practitioners of the Department of Foreign Philology of L.N.Gumilev ENU Leila Seytzhaparovna Sabitova, Sagima Abdygaparovna Sultanbekova, Saltanat Kabdrakhmanovna Kulaeva talked about the experience of using the Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Platonus platforms for conducting distance learning, both in theoretical disciplines and in the base foreign language. A creative and deeply professional approach to the analysis of foreign literary movements in a comparative way involving Kazakh works, epics and novels, which were discussed in the report of Leyla Seitzhaparovna Sabitova, deserves attention from philologists working on problems of modern foreign philology. The practical experience shared by Saltanat Kabdrakhmanovna Kulaeva, the “six hats” method, contributes to the development of oral colloquial speech and can give quick results when learning a foreign language. Students have long appreciated the tested methodology and appreciate the experience gained by a practical teacher. Sagima Abdygaparovna Sultanbekova spoke about the experience of using the demonstrated platforms not only for educational, but also for educational and organizational-methodological purposes. Two of the three reports were delivered in impeccable English.
Svetlana Atanasova, Associate Professor of the Department of English Studies and American Studies from The St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo of Bulgaria, made a presentation on the types of work in the home, while highlighting not only the benefits, but also the difficulties and inconveniences of communicating remotely with students.
Head of the Department of Foreign Languages of S.Toraigyrov PSU (Pavlodar), professor Zhumabekova Beibitnur Kaparovna and senior lecturer of the department Baitemirova Mahabbat Zhumabaevna prepared a presentation on the topic "Teaching foreign language communication." In the presentation, students were able to see areas of training students studying non-linguistic specialties in the English language, experience in teaching speaking.
The discussion was attended by the director of the center of the German language - a partner of the Goethe Institute in the city of Nur-Sultan Gulnara Fakhrudinova, Head of one of the departments of Al-Farabi KazNU (Almaty), Professor Gulmira Bayanzhanovna Madieva, Head of the Department of Romano-Germanic Linguistics and Foreign Literature Professor Tatyana Aleksandrovna Burkova, Head of the Department of S. Toraigyrov PSU Beibitnur Kaparovna Zhumabekova. All speakers emphasized the importance and timeliness of the forum, unanimously expressed gratitude to the Department of Foreign Philology of L.N.Gumilev ENU for such a wide coverage of specialists from different regions and the relevance of the topics of discussion, and also expressed hope that further meetings will be continued to exchange experience in the field of applying the latest technologies in teaching foreign philological disciplines.
In general, over 100 people attended the webinar, unfortunately the platform did not accommodate everyone. For the first time, a webinar organized in this format and was revealed this feature of the Cisco WebEx program, which had to be planned in advance. This is not a flaw in the platform; it is very convenient for holding such scientific events; for this, experience was simply needed. Now we have it and next time the platform will be able to accept everyone.
Among the listeners of the webinar were professors, teachers and doctoral students of E.A.Buketov KSU, Ch.Valikhanov KSU, Al-Farabi KazNU, S.Toraigyrov PSU, L.N.Gumilev ENU, the Eurasian Humanities State Institute, "Turan-Astana", M.Akmulla Bashkir State Pedagogical University (Ufa), Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports (Bishkek), teachers of secondary schools of the city of Nur-Sultan, Turkestan and other cities.
The webinar lasted over three hours. The participants actively used the chat platform, on which they continuously asked the speakers questions in writing, and also left their feedback on the content of the presentations and on the organization of the webinar in general. All reviews are positive and enthusiastic, contain mainly gratitude to the speakers.
In conclusion, the moderator of the webinar, Head of the department of Foreign Philology at L.N.Gumilev ENU, Professor A.E. Bizhkenova, summing up, emphasized that the webinar had reached its goal: there was a substantial exchange of experience among specialists and a constructive dialogue in the framework of the problem under discussion. In particular, she said: “Today we talked about technologies, principles and approaches for organizing the educational process. It seems to us that they are now all clear and familiar. In this we are not far behind the advanced countries of the world. Now there is an important task to fill the educational process with good content. This means that we have the forms, we need to improve, further expand and deepen their content. And, as a result, the symbiosis of modern technology and the current content of the educational process, without a doubt, will lead to the achievement of high results."