Siberian State Aerospace University named after academic M.F. Reshetnev (SibSAU) has solid experience in the successful coordination of the international projects and programmes. The Siberian University has been fruitfully cooperating with its foreign and Russian partners. Project LAPROCOM has contributed in developing the international cooperation of SibSAU and finding new partners among the foreign universities. (The international projects)
Project LAPROCOM (New Language Curriculum for Professional Communication) participants are:
The development of a new curriculum in teaching English to technical specialists of SibSAU, both students and technical teachers, was a key task of the project. To realize it 15 foreign language teachers of SibSAU have been developing 8 new modules within the programme “New Language Curriculum for Professional Communication”. The modules’ titles are General English 1, General English 2, General English 3, Intercultural Communication 1, Intercultural Communication 2, Business English, English for Specific Purposes 1, English for Specific Purposes 2, and English for Specific Purposes for Technical Teachers. All modules are based on the modern methodology in teaching foreign languages and contain the newest teaching materials applied by foreign universities.
Heriot-Watt University as grantholders ensured the efficacious management of the project, the speedy distribution of the project funds, and the adherence to Tempus regulations and principles of
quality assurance. Furthermore, it has contributed expertise and exchange of know-how in the fields of technical English teaching, use of language learning equipment and materials development. It took particular responsibility for consultation and advice over installation of any purchased equipment, especially the planned language laboratory, to ensure this is achieved in the most sustainable fashion. It also played host to two Board meetings, and SibSAU staff on fact-finding and training mobilities, in a spirit of fostering an environment for mutual learning through international exchange.
The role of Granada University in this project has been wide-ranging, because it has many courses in Technical specialties like Civil Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Information System Engineering as well as an impressive number of courses at the Faculty of Humanities. This combination was very effectively used for the design and development of a new foreign language training course for technical specialists, based on University expertise. The University of Granada has contributed greatly to the development of the new foreign languages training programme with a new methodological approach, its structure and its content.