Language courses – the academic component (study skills)

Language courses – the academic component (study skills)
 
The teaching of language skills and general extralinguistic skills which will be of use to those studying in their professional or academic life is an important element of the language courses taught at JCJ, in particular those courses taught at a specific level within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages  (CEFR, Council of Europe, 2001) as a level of competency and fluency. The teaching of the academic component i.e., the teaching of skills, techniques and strategies which may be applied while reading, writing, listening and speaking in a foreign language within a vocational, academic or scientific context in accordance with the regulations outlined in the Jagiellonian Language Centre's curriculum. It follows to emphasise:
 
student-centered teaching 
teaching adapted through its content to the specialisations of those learning 
teaching supporting independent student input
teaching orientated toward acting within the foreign language 
 
The teaching aims of the academic component are at one with the language teaching goals outlined in the Jagiellonian Language Centre's framework programmes. These include: 
 
the development of language competencies used in the process of studying (including study at foreign universities) 
the development of competencies useful for learners in their future professional or academic life 
the development of sensitivity to cultural diversity 
the development of self-evaluation and self-study skills 
the development of the skills needed to utilise original source texts and foreign-language media. 
the development of the skills needed to write diploma and academic works 
the development of skills used for effective contacts with academic and professional circles
 
The realisation of these aims should result in the development of general linguistic competencies within a language taught through:
 
reading for understanding and the mediation of academic texts 
academic forms of writing e.g.: essays, summaries, abstracts, studies, reports
participation in discussions
presentation of specialist material from one's own field of study in the form of a talk, presentation, including multimedia presentations at seminars, conferences etc. 
taking notes at lectures and other presentations
self presentations and the presentation of one's own views 
learning strategies and passing examinations
the processing and evaluation of the usefulness/relevance of information
 
The teaching of the academic component is teaching integrated with the teaching of the specialist component through  work on texts typical for concrete faculties and specialisations with its bases in the teaching of so-called general language. These components are integrated with each other to a varied degree depending in student level of language competency, their needs and the recommendations received from the faculties themselves. These components are realised through the integrated teaching of basic language competences, which in turn bar the previously mentioned factors, depends on the language being taught (e.g. Latin) or the course profile (e.g. thematic courses). 
Further information on the academic component of university language classes can be found in: