Academic journal article Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict

Students' Professional Competence Formation in the Process of Foreign Language Learning in High School as a Modern Challenge

Academic journal article Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict

Students' Professional Competence Formation in the Process of Foreign Language Learning in High School as a Modern Challenge

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INTRODUCTION

In the current context the processes of globalization and internationalization stimulate radical reforms in vocational education and training of competent professionals. Now when a structural change is going on together with modernization of educational content, introduction of modern technologies and training tools, new relationships between vocational education institutions and the labor market develop (Kadyrova, 2008).

Higher education is facing an acute task of training competent and competitive graduates who are not only able to easily navigate the changing life situations, but also learn throughout life, and also can acquire and apply knowledge independently. Particularly important this problem becomes in the transition period of Russian economy from predominantly raw materials to the innovative way of development. Vocational training under conditions of innovative economy is not limited to the preparation of qualified staff, good knowledge of engineering, technology, management, etc. With new economy, personnel should have "innovative capabilities", i.e. workplace skills to discover their own innovative solutions and find something new in the environment, in the experience of other organizations, make inventions and discoveries in a timely manner and use them in the work of their organization (Mukhametzyanova, 2000).

Employers point out the lack of qualified personnel with good knowledge of foreign languages which makes them creates their own, internal corporate training system (corporate universities, courses, workplace training, etc.). This requires additional resources, greatly lengthens and complicates the entry of young professionals into the labor market (Aituganov, Korchagin, 2008).

In this connection, the task of formation of the students' professional competence is becoming an urgent one. That corresponds to the main international benchmarks in the field of education policy.

In the process of professional training it is a major task to form the orientation to the student's individuality and his or her professional and language (bilingual) competence. These aspects can facilitate the process of adaptation of the young people to their professional environment, and increase their competitiveness. Today, competent professionals, capable to function effectively in new and dynamic social and economic conditions are becoming more and more popular (Aynutdinova, 2011).

The formation of student's professional competence in the context of professionally-focused study of foreign languages in high school develops student's personality, as well as involves the formation of skills of mental work culture. In addition, this process gives particular emphasis to the motivation of profession choice and creative reflection (Kondrateva I., Galiullina E., Madyakina N., 2015).

Specialist's foreign language professional competence should be evaluated not only by his knowledge and skills in the professional field and foreign language skills but also by the development of creative and moral potential of his personality (Kadyrova, 2011).

Thus, the changing socio-political situation, the processes of modern labor market development and education, as well as the specifics of the 'foreign language' subject have great potential for the professional competence formation of future professionals. Accordingly, the educational process in high school requires a search for new psychological and pedagogical approaches to the professional competence formation of the future experts by means of a foreign language.

METHODOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK

Methodology of research approaches makes it possible to identify the main trends in the development of such sciences as pedagogy, psychology and methodology of teaching foreign languages, to assess the scientists' research, the best practices of teachers and trainers and to show the necessity of considering scientific and methodical works of foreign and domestic experts. …

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