ELTE BTK Magyar Nyelvtudományi és Finnugor Intézet

Kreinin, Lea (Glasgow)

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Teaching Finno-Ugric languages in the UK - present situation and possible future perspectives.

My presentation is about the current situation in teaching less widely spoken foreign languages in British universities, with the focus on Finno-Ugric languages (Hungarian, Estonian and Finnish). It also considers the future of teaching such languages in higher education, taking into consideration the economic crisis as well as an increasing dominance of English language in Europe.
The foreign and second language teaching situation in UK higher education is not very favourable at the moment. In general, only a few students take a language as a curriculum option. Recent changes in politics and enormous cutbacks in higher education have been hitting language teaching the worst. There have been language departments closed recently in several universities. Teaching less widely spoken languages is the most vulnerable area. Any language that does not have any priority in the British education system (economical interests, threath of terror etc.) are dismissed.
The presentation will give a short overview of teaching Finno-Ugric languages in the UK and the present situation. It also tries to find possible solutions (web-based language courses, use of programs such as Skype and Wimba, new interactive teaching materials, cooperation between Finno-Ugric countries in language teaching) to keep the language tuition alive in the future.

in English