Academic journal article English Language Teaching

English Language in the Development of a Tolerant Person of the Student in a Multi-Ethnic Educational Environment of the University (for Example, Kazan Federal University)

Academic journal article English Language Teaching

English Language in the Development of a Tolerant Person of the Student in a Multi-Ethnic Educational Environment of the University (for Example, Kazan Federal University)

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Abstract

Integration into the world community confronts the Russian education system purpose - education of the individual, having planetary thinking, able to see themselves not only as the representative of the native culture, living in a particular country, but also a citizen of the world, perceiving himself as the carrier and its foreign-language cultures. An important component of the socio-political development of multicultural education is the desire of both Russia and other countries integrate into the global European socio-cultural and educational space, while retaining their national identity. These processes contribute to the transformation of both Europe and Russia as a multilingual space where different languages have equal rights.

There is an urgent social need for the organization of purposeful work on the formation of a tolerant person of the student, the system combines knowledge of different cultures, the desire and the willingness to intercultural Polylog. This era of social order urgently requires development of the younger generation of universal values, acculturation of other nations, which increases the motivation to learn foreign languages, associated with the desire to establish and develop contacts with foreign countries. It is English as a language of international communication acts as the major means to realize this idea in a multi-ethnic educational environment of the university. The article presents the results of a study conducted at the Kazan Federal University.

Keywords: tolerance, multiethnic environment, multiculturalism, culture, international communication, English, foreign language culture

1. Introduction

Multicultural society feels the need for a new outlook, aimed at the integration of cultures and peoples with a view to further convergence and spiritual enrichment. All this proves the importance of multicultural education, the purpose of which stands the formation of human culture, a creative personality, capable of active and productive life in a multicultural environment.

Integration into the world community determines before the Russian education system need to educate a person having planetary thinking, able to see themselves not only as the representative of the native culture, living in a particular country, but also a citizen of the world, perceiving himself as the carrier and its foreign-language cultures. Hence there is an objective need for the formation of a tolerant person of the student in the higher education system. Multiculturalism of the Russian Federation, which is determined on a territorial basis, requires understanding the problems of inter-ethnic relations, tolerance and cultural dialogic. Multi-ethnic environment, which is characterized by a diversity of cultures, requires the formation of the student's personality, capable of manifestation of tolerance of views and judgments, recognition and promotion of cultural pluralism and the freedom to choose their own cultural identity. As part of establishing a tolerant person of the student, it is important utilization of the English language and elements of folk pedagogy that create favorable conditions for their initiation to the spiritual values that form the human and national dignity, as well as contribute to the acculturation of the individual in the national culture within the framework of a multi-ethnic society.

Thus, the need for a study of this problem is dictated by the prevailing contradictions between:

- Objectively increasing needs of society in the formation of tolerant person in a multicultural education and the insufficient development of the content, forms and methods of its organization in the educational process of high school;

- The available capacity of the discipline "Foreign Language" in the formation of a tolerant person of the student and the insufficient development of evidence-based pedagogical conditions for its implementation.

The need to develop multicultural competence of students and the lack of scientific and methodological support this process in a multi-ethnic environment of the university, which involves interaction with people of different nationalities, the knowledge of their cultural traditions and customs, which ultimately promotes dialogue and interaction between different ethnic cultures and a culture of interethnic communication. …

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