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ITMO.NEWS has already published some advice on writing articles in English in such a way that they’d be accepted by an international journal. In this article, we’ll focus on two useful tools: the first can be of help to those who aren’t confident in their English skills and the second can help make an article more accessible to the academic community and increase the number of its citations.
English became an international language long ago and it is used for publications in leading journals. Being published in them is not only a matter of prestige, but a proof that the researcher is part of the worldwide academic community. It’s not easy to be published in Nature, Science, or Cell, but for a start you can improve your academic English. Inna Anokhina, a senior lecturer at the Foreign Language Training Center and the head of the Academic Writing Lab, and Roman Zakoldaev, a PhD and a junior research associate at the Faculty of Photonics and Optical Information with a lot of experience in publishing papers in international journals indexed by Scopus, discuss how to do it in this ITMO.NEWS article.
EMI in Practice: ITMO Staff Participate in an English as a Medium of Instruction Internship at Boston University
A group of 15 ITMO University lecturers, including specialists from the Foreign Language Training Center, have participated in a three-week course at Boston University (the US). The program included theory and practice of English as a Medium of Instruction, as well as lectures and workshops delivered by experts of the American university. More about the lecturers’ experience in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Last week, the “More than ESP” international conference was held at ITMO University bringing together English language teaching specialists from around the world. An ITMO.NEWS correspondent attended the conference and got the chance to talk to experts from different countries about their views on current trends in education, the role of technology in education and the way teaching English could change in the 21st century.
Is it scary to make a change midlife? Sure, but it’s exciting, too! Just ask the women participating in the Empower program at ITMO University.
What’s the most effective way of teaching English for research and academic purposes? How best for scientists to develop their communication and presentation skills? And why shouldn’t you shy away from speaking English in unfamiliar environments? ITMO.NEWS sat down with Satu Rusko, Karen Niskanen and Magdalini Liontou, English language tutors at the University of Oulu who have recently visited ITMO as part of the Russian-Finnish university cooperation program FIRST+, to learn their takes on all this and more.
While QS-Apple creative awards acknowledged ITMO University with a Bronze prize for the Best International Website page back in 2016, here in Russia, the internationalization efforts of the university on the web are receiving focus from the Russian International Affairs Council who placed ITMO second in terms of digital internationalization.
In the first part of our article, we talked about how English at ITMO has developed over the past few years since the start of Project 5-100. Beyond the intensive general English classes offered, third year students are now offered special classes to help them develop their language skills in the context of their chosen educational program.
The word “robot” was first introduced to the English language in 1921 by the Czech playwright Karel Čapek. His play, Rossum’s Universal Robots (RUR), explored the dark reality of humanity’s future if we build robots to do our bidding. Last Friday’s performance of RUR by ITMO students is one of the many projects and developments advanced by the Foreign Language Training Center, established just over three and half years ago.
In our global world, English is being increasingly regarded as an inevitable necessity, the common global language that everyone has to learn. The main problem with that is that native English speakers have an advantage over non-native speakers, and it feels like a new round of colonialism, noted Karen Barto, a teacher of English as a Second Language from the University of Arizona, who came to ITMO University to the More than ESP conference. Ms. Barto also told ITMO.NEWS about why you can’t judge people by how they speak English and why the most important thing is to be open-minded.