Teaching a foreign language to students of non-linguistic departments in the Eurasian environment during the pandemic
The paper addresses the specifics of teaching a foreign language to students of non-linguistic departments in the Eurasian environment during the pandemic. There were described resource opportunities of internet technologies in teaching a foreign language to students of non-linguistic departments, including a wide range of teaching materials. Moreover, these opportunities have a motivational potential if students are given competent guidance in methodic, didactic, and technical aspects in online learning. The research aims to elicit major difficulties learning a foreign language online. A survey was conducted with compiled questions, taking into account the standards of the Common European Framework of Reference was conducted. Several difficulties in teaching foreign languages to non-linguistic students in distant learning during the pandemic were revealed. The research results indicate that the most effective tool to overcome these difficulties is introducing the “Moodle” electronic system. The specifics of the foreign language course, where the language is both a target and a means of non-linguistic learning, were determined. Basic kinds of speech activity were characterized. Moreover, ways to organize these activities with the help of internet technologies in learning were identified to facilitate overcoming certain difficulties in completing the academic course in a foreign language by non-linguistic students in distance format. It was proved that the elaboration of methodic, didactic, and technical components of distant education in teaching a foreign language to non-linguistic students during the pandemic can make distant learning an effective form of education. Thus, we underlined the practicability of introducing internet technologies in the educational process in higher educational institutions.