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INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF LANGUAGE CENTERS AND PROGRAMS (INLCP)

In 2015, the Languages Center of the UPNFM started conversations with various universidades and languages centers to invite them to be members of a network organized by the UPNFM. This network of language centers and programs promotes academic collaboration between these organizations in order to share about the teaching of foreign languages, the new teaching methodologies, and other innovative practices in the classroom. The network also focuses on improving the administrative functionality of the centers. This association is the preparation for the first international conference for language centers that will take place in Honduras from November 5-9, 2018. En 2015, el Centro de Idiomas de la UPNFM empezó a conversar con varios universidades y centros de idiomas para invitarles a ser miembros en un red organizado por la UPNFM. Este red de centros de idiomas y programas de idiomas promueve la collaboración académica entre estas organizaciones para compartir sobre su enseñanza de idiomas extranjeras, los nuevos métodos de enseñanza, y las innavadoras prácticas en el aula. También el red se enfoca en como a mejorar la funcionalidad administrativa de los centros. Esta asociación es la preparación para la primera conferencia internacional para centros de idiomas que va a estar en Honduras desde el 5 al 9 de Noviembre, 2018.

National Student Contest with International Participation «IT in Education: Pros and Cons» (Izhevsk, Russia)

National Student Contest with International Participation «IT in Education: Pros and Cons» (Izhevsk, Russia)

On March 1 - May, 15 the Scientific and Education Centre «Innovation Technologies in Language Professional Education» along with the English language department of Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Izhevsk, Russia, with the support of the International Network of Language Centers and Programs (INLCP) held National Student Contest with International Participation «IT in Education: Pros and Cons» (Izhevsk, Russia) named «IT in Education: Pros and Cons».

The goal of the contest was to develop students’ communication in English, help them become better specialists in a global information environment, exchange the knowledge of current trends and experience in using IT in education among the students from Russian and overseas universities. 

At the first stage of the contest, students were to prepare essays discussing the challenges and opportunities of using IT in education. The results of the students’ works were assessed by the jury of experts from language departments of Kalashnikov ISTU and Udmurt State University. The authors of the best essays participated in the final stage of the contest. The finalists submitted video recordings where they demonstrated their presentation and communication skills, in particular when answering the jury’s questions. The student videos were assessed by the jury from Kalashnikov ISTU, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán and University of Nuevo León.

The contest saw more than 60 participants from three Russian universities and Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán in Tegucigalpa.

We would like to give special thanks to the members of our network, Dr. Lupita Rodriguez Bulnes and Dr. Gloria Ulloa, for their significant contribution to the event by participating as experts in the competition.

Winners of non-linguistic programs:

  1. Dmitiy Olin (Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Russia); teacher Оlga Kamasheva.
  2. Daria Orlova Орлова (Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Russia); teacher Maria Malysheva.
  3. Ali Rawan (Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Russia); teacher Elena Arkhipova.

Winners of linguistic programs:

  1. Azalia Timurgazina (Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Russia); teacher Yulia Krasavina.
  2. Vera Fedotova (Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Russia); teacher Lyudmila Shatunova.
  3. Jessie Daniela Lopez (Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, Honduras); teacher Jocelyn Lara.

Also, several participants were the winners in the following nominations:

"Best answers to the questions": Olga Julissa Bonilla Palma (Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, Honduras); teacher Jocelyn Lara.

"Best creative presentation": Grigoriy Primushko (Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Russia); teacher Lyudmila Shatunova.

"Best research": Sergey Sannikov (the Berezniki Branch of Perm National Research Polytechnic University); teacher Galina Chainikova.

"Best speaking": Marina Naumova (the Berezniki Branch of Perm National Research Polytechnic University); teacher Galina Chainikova..

National Student Contest with International Participation «IT in Education: Pros and Cons» (Izhevsk, Russia)

Отзывы членов международного жюри

John Doe

Juan del Valle-Coello, (Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, 2019-2020)*

 

Dear Organizing Committee,

My name is Juan del Valle-Coello, and I was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University (ISTU) during the 2019-2020 academic year. I took part in the organization of this year’s essay contest, “Pros and Cons of IT in Education,” and I would like to say a few words about it.

As a teaching assistant in the English Department at ISTU, I collaborated in the planning of the contest, helping prepare promotional materials and delivering presentations on essay writing for ISTU students. Additionally, I served on the jury for the top students’ presentations, watching and rating them to help select winners and provide feedback. I was quite impressed with the students’ performance and participation in the contest; many students at ISTU were highly enthusiastic about participating, and the top contestants’ presentations (both from ISTU and other universities) were very good, displaying a good command of English, strong argumentation skills, and an ability to deliver quite polished presentations.

I enjoyed working with the English Department to organize this contest, and I enjoyed watching students’ presentations as a member of the jury. In spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, I consider that everything was carried out quite smoothly. I wish all the organizers and participants success in their future endeavors, and I appreciate your desire to learn and work with the English language.

Best,

Juan del Valle-Coello

*These are his own statements and do not reflect the official position of the Fulbright program

John Doe CEO, JoomShaper
John Doe
Lupita Rodriguez Bulnes, Professor at the University of Nuevo León

Hi. My name is Lupita Rdz Bulnes from Mexico. I am a full time professor at the University of Nuevo León, the third largest public university in my country. I work in the area of Foreign Language Teaching and International Evaluation and Accreditation.

I have been participating as part of the jury for the essay writing and public speaking contest organized by the English Department of Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University since last year. This time the contest was about  "IT in Education: Pros and Cons". In 2019, it was about artificial intelligence and its role in our society nowadays.  In my opinion, I see this contest as a valuable event where administrators, students and teachers can show how they are learning a foreign language as they get engaged in debating about  topics of worldwide relevance.

Being part of the jury in this contest has been an interesting experience where I get to know university students from different contexts. To read their essays and watch their videos has given me an opportunity to see their interest in mastering the English language as they aim for professions with higher standards and diversified skills. I believe this is a plus in the education they are receiving and a well-planned strategy from their English Department and the University, as a whole.

The fact that the English Department  looks  for international evaluators  to be part of the jury is also another key feature in this contest. International accreditation of educational programs nowadays promotes and requires participation of international evaluators as to validate the quality of their language and educational programmes, in general. Needless to say, this is something that motivates students and teachers to perform better in their essay writing, and later on, as they record their public speaking sessions!

To end my contribution, I must say I feel very honoured to be part of this project and participate along with teacher Andrey Gareyev - who kindly invited me - as members of the International Network of Foreign Language Centres, an initiative that makes these academic  liaisons a reality. Working with international partners like your university is always an interesting and challenging adventure!

John Doe CEO, JoomShaper
John Doe

Gloria Ulloa, Director of the Languages Center at Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, President of The International Network for Language Centers and Programs

EFL Students have a special way to surprise even the most experienced teachers and make them turn our eyes to look at them with admiration and respect. When young people know how far they want to get in life, they can accomplish their most desired academic goals. Thus, universities are to provide interesting and challenging opportunities for students to see beyond the language English classes.

I was recently invited by  Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University to participate with our students from the Language Center at Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan in Honduras in a writing contest. Our participants were highly motivated and even when this was an international contest, they believed they could write their essays and show what they have learned throughout a year of intensive English classes.

As I and their teacher followed their participation in the international contest, I understood once again, that exposing students to new academic experiences is very important for their future professional life, the fact that has been clearly understood by the University of Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University as they successfully lead a very well-organized contest that includes the composing of essays according to two different categories, for linguistic and non-linguistic majors, and close with the description of such essays in videos created by the finalists.

Later in the process, I was invited to participate as part of the jury. This part of the process was also very well explained, and support was always offered by the organizers. The participants I had to judge, were extremely well prepared and their mastery of the language and understanding of the topics were amazing. Students, regardless of their young age, were able to explain in a very professional way their beliefs about technology in education. As an EFL/ESL specialist, I was able to see the different competences a fluent speaker of English as a foreign language can develop. I was in awe to see how well the participants had prepared their presentations, but most amazing of all, how well they were able to orally develop their topics.

As the Director of The International Network for Language Centers and Programs, I want to thank  Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, active member of the Network, for this activity that has included the participant universities in this Network. Their international view strengthens collaboration among different universities over the world as well as the internationalization of the academic activity. As a Network, we greatly appreciate the efforts of the Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University as they continually seek for excellent and academic collaborative professional work.

My deep respect for a work well done!!!

John Doe CEO, JoomShaper

Отзывы студентов-участников

Ali Rawan, Kalashnikov ISTU, Izhevsk:

I want to thank everyone exerted effort in this event. It was an amazing experience for me. I’ve  learned a lot from it. I hope that I‘ll have the opportunity again to participate in future events.

 

Darya Orlova, Kalashnikov ISTU, Izhevsk:

Dear contest organizers and jury, I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to participate in a competition of this format. Previously, I had no experience in such competitions. I really liked the opportunity to test my level of knowledge in English.

 

Marina Naumova, the Berezniki Branch of Perm National Research Polytechnic University:  

The participation in the contest has given me an invaluable experience. Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the contest. I hope to have an opportunity to take part in your future events.

 

Sergey Sannikov, the Berezniki Branch of Perm National Research Polytechnic University:

I want to say that I have never had that experience in my life. Despite the fact that it was not easy for me, I am grateful to all the organizers and participants for holding the contest. Thank you for this exciting experience. I will never forget it.

2018 INLCP Summer Webinar Series

Below, you may find the most recent webinars from this past year's summer webinar series: Aquí se puede ver los webinars más recientes del serie de webinar de este año.

Improving Quality in EMI Courses - Dr. Cristina Pérez Guillot (June 22, 2018)

Profession-Oriented Blogging in English - Andrey Gareef (July 13, 2018)

Writing Centers as Part of Language Centers - Dr. Gloria Ulloa (May 25, 2018)

To learn more about this network, visit its website aquí.


Para aprender más sobre la red, visita el sitio web aquí.

Como Surge el CI

The Languages Center opened its doors to the UPNFM community in February, 2015; having has its main objective the promotion of the internationalization of the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán (UPNFM). The Languages Center is a part of a strategic plan that complenents the actions that come from the Institution of Cooperation and Development (INCODE) of the UPNFM. El Centro de Idiomas abre sus puertas a la comunidad de la UPNFM en febrero de 2015; teniendo como objetivo primordial la promoción de la internacionalización de la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán (UPNFM). El Centro de Idiomas es parte de la estrategia complementaria a las acciones que viene impulsando el Instituto de Cooperación y Desarrollo (INCODE) de la UPNFM.