Use Of Distance Learning Technology In Teaching Engineering Students A Foreign Language

Abstract

The article deals with using distance technologies in teaching engineering students at higher educational institutions. In 2020-2021, the introduction of distance learning gained worldwide coverage in different spheres, including the higher education system, due to the spread of the coronavirus infection around the globe. The pandemic has forced the participants of the educational process to switch to distance learning. The teaching staff of our university, as well as many our colleagues around the world, had to master distance technologies on an urgent basis. Not everyone happened to be prepared technically and psychologically for such a drastic change in the educational process. It concerns both teachers and students. The authors have analyzed the benefits and drawbacks of this teaching technology during the pandemic using the example of their own electronic course in foreign languages. Having overcome the first challenges, we thought about increasing the effectiveness of distance learning and motivating our students to learn a foreign language in this format and conducted a survey among the engineering students of our university. As it happens, the majority of students reacted positively to the transition to distance learning. However, this type of training has its drawbacks that cannot be ignored. In this article, the authors share their experience of distance teaching. The article provides the analysis of the results of the survey of the students as well.

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Publisher

European Publisher

First Online

25.09.2021

Doi

10.15405/epsbs.2021.09.02.14

Online ISSN

2357-1330