The Issues of Teaching English and German for Specific Purposes to the Academic Staff of a Technical University

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 716)


Due to internationalization of higher education foreign language communicative competence of the university staff is beginning to be viewed as an integral component of their professional competence. The paper discusses the experience of National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in implementing Foreign Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) courses for the academic staff as a part of their professional development training in English and in German. The aim of the paper is to introduce a model of LSP courses appropriate for the TPU faculty and staff.


Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)  Professional development training 



We would like to express our great appreciation to Tomsk Polytechnic University project partners from European Universities and organizations within the framework of funds and programmes, TEMPUS, TACIS, DAAD, INTAS, Marie Curie Fellowship, FP6 (INCO), etc. The research is funded from Tomsk Polytechnic University Competitiveness Enhancement Program grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Zakharova
    • 1
  • Anna Bogdanova
    • 1
  • Maria Netesova
    • 1
  1. 1.Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityTomskRussia

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