Foreign Language Teaching in Higher Education Institutions
Optimization in the Education Informatization Sustainable
Development Context
Elena E. Novgorodova
, Liliya A. Malakhova
and Tatyana V. Bukina
Kazan State Institute of Culture, Orenburgskij tract str. 3, Kazan, Russian Federation
Kazan Federal University, Kremlyovskaya str. 18, Kazan, Russian Federation
Keywords: Information And Telecommunications Resources, The University Information Space, Digitalization of
Education, Teaching a Foreign Language.
Abstract: The study goal is to determine the features and scientific and theoretical aspects of the university unified
informational and educational environment coordination in the preparation and teaching of students in a
foreign language while exerting pedagogical influence on the individual, taking into account the modeling of
foreign language competence. The article analyzes the university informational and learning environment
role, that is based on the mechanisms of students internal activity with the information and methodological
dominant of educational activity, which allows them to master a foreign language in a natural language
environment based on information technologies. This is possible on the basis of appropriate language
information and educational integration of teaching methods and techniques associated with interactive
learning platforms and the university information resources. The article also identifies a new information
content type that affects the foreign language teaching optimization. The scientific novelty of the research lies
in the modeling of the university information and educational environment in the new education paradigm
justification, in the center of which there is individual information literacy. As a result, it is proved that the
theory and methodology of teaching a foreign language depends on the communication organization
effectiveness and information environments that increase the students socio-cultural competence and
language literacy.
The relevance of the research topic is determined by
the educational process general patterns identification
in the system of objective criteria aimed at the
students writing and speech skills development in the
process of mastering a foreign language. A
characteristic feature of the introduction of new
pedagogical technologies implemented in the
information environment successful integration
conditions is their ability to optimize the learning
process through online editing and verification of
students written works. Certainly, the information
space allows you to provide timely communication
between a teacher and students, which contributes to
the reflection development, the possibility of
commenting and making amendments to the work. It
should be noted that the use of distance learning based
on information and telecommunications resources in
teaching a foreign language increases the
effectiveness of monitoring the students knowledge
and skills in the context of language culture
development, linguistic and cultural and lexical skills,
improving foreign language communicative
competence, self-learning abilities in an electronic
two-level format. Therefore, in our opinion, divergent
control should correspond to the main indicators of
the individual trajectory of students self-learning in
terms of increasing the degree of their cognitive
activity in mastering foreign language speech culture.
Novgorodova, E., Malakhova, L. and Bukina, T.
Foreign Language Teaching in Higher Education Institutions Optimization in the Education Informatization Sustainable Development Context.
DOI: 10.5220/0010593905590564
In Proceedings of the International Scientific and Practical Conference on Sustainable Development of Regional Infrastructure (ISSDRI 2021), pages 559-564
ISBN: 978-989-758-519-7
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To achieve this research goal, it is necessary to
solve the following tasks. First, to determine the
necessary methods and techniques for optimizing
language education in the context of teaching
informatization and digitalization. Second, to identify
areas for optimizing the process of teaching a foreign
language based on the information and educational
environment of the university in the search for the
most effective development of educational
information interaction between teachers and
students. Third, to justify the theoretical and
pragmatic aspects functions of information
technologies usage in teaching a foreign language at
a university, taking into account the methodology and
distance learning models, computer-mediated
educational communication.
To understand the reasonability ideas of using an
information system for teaching a foreign language at
a university, the article uses the following research
methods: the axiomatic method, which was used to
consider the statements of our theory through axioms,
and the structural analysis method.
The theoretical basis of the study was the
publications of Russian authors R.Z. Amiralieva, I.Y.
Mishota, I.V. Kharlamenco (Amiralieva, 2013;
Mishota, 2013; Kharlamenco, 2020), which consider
models of the information technologies use for the
students language culture development in the context
of trends under the conditions of the higher education
system modernization.
The practical significance of the study lies in the
fact that the directions of optimizing foreign language
teaching in higher education in the education
informatization context can be used in pedagogical
activities to improve the educational process of
foreign language training in higher education. It can
also contribute to the language education
methodology development.
Individualization and differentiation of knowledge
control and evaluation of students results in learning
a foreign language is actively used today through the
use of test simulators, listening to audio and video
recordings, training grammatical and lexical
structures in the educational information computer
visualization conditions, which is associated with the
modernization of the information content of
education at the university. The educational trajectory
allows to use information and methodological
complexes, network electronic technologies, distance
learning technologies are providing that the training
is individualized, the methods and foreign language
material optimization speed, that affect the
information perception features, are improved and
So, S.V. Ivanova, A.V. Malova, while analyzing
the methods and techniques of optimizing language
education, came to the conclusion that the problem of
finding new methods and techniques is related to the
teaching foreign languages motivation. According to
the authors, "smart education" meets the challenges
of an unstable environment, which is characterized by
the use of electronic, educational Internet content,
based on the use of online resources, web resources
that allow you to include the materials of the network
in the content of classes with students. The use of
audio texts and videos with different levels of
complexity is determined by working in pairs, the
ability to ask and answer questions about the content,
the dialogic speech development and the
communication skills formation (Ivanova and
Malova, 2019).
G.V. Alipatov, G.V. Cherkasov notes that the
training model allows you to develop the connection
between knowledge and skills, based on interactive
exercises in the process of learning a foreign
language. Students, performing work on the
simulator, carefully approach the presentation
material analysis, while working with text, image and
sound. It allows them to optimize the knowledge
assimilation and increase foreign language literacy
(Alipatov and Cherkasov, 2019).
Working with a text of a linguistic and cultural
nature allows to change the qualitative language and
speech material stylistically when using a model for
measuring the linguistic similarity of the original and
translation. Semantic and structural analysis of
foreign language texts in the education
informatization context gets a new aspect, i.e. the
translation of literary texts is carried out in a system
of creative exercises, diverse in form and content,
often in a game form. Using creative tasks, the
university teacher forms a speech creative or semi-
creative character of training based on improving the
written and oral speech skills.
The use of the Internet allows you to create a
genuine language environment that promotes
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effective familiarization of students with new
language material. In addition to the work on the
formation of reading and listening skills, it is possible
to use sites to expand the vocabulary, get acquainted
with new grammatical rules, and read e-books. A
wide range of online lessons, articles, topics, tests,
video lessons, English via skype, conversational
practices and simulators, complex multi-level
exercises, completion spreadsheets with
phraseological units, working with visual images,
visual and sound series, drawing up creative projects
in a foreign language and performing tasks using an
electronic template, working with multimedia
country-specific material, preparing messages,
working with electronic dictionaries and glossaries,
working with translations using electronic schemes
form different levels of language proficiency
(Bukina, 2020) exists. The website Learn English
Today ( has an
affordable and simple service that provides
grammatical rules, a huge number of exercises,
videos, multivariate exercises containing a rich
associative video sequence, which contributes to
improving the quality of foreign language acquisition.
With the information technologies introduction,
video conferences introduction, students are
immersed in a natural language environment, which
provides an opportunity to vary the ways of
presenting information. A variety of methods, the use
of information and search activities skills and
abilities, joint creativity with a teacher allows them to
use learning tools based on virtual reality. Electronic
libraries with remote access, electronic lectures,
virtual lectures conducted in real time, educational
books in electronic form are effective. It joins
educational and methodological interactive
complexes into a single educational information
space. Didactic audio and video educational
materials, complex multimedia-operational
environments create an entry into the integrated
information systems of teaching a foreign language in
the presence of multi-purpose tasks. Also, online
resources allow you to study theoretical material,
improve knowledge control, and improve the
translation from a foreign language efficiency.
Smartphones, tablets, Web tools, cloud services
Google, Office 365 are determined by the educational
work of the information and university educational
environment in terms of optimizing the didactic
possibilities of teaching a foreign language. The
forms of organization of educational activities from
these positions are determined by the use of digital
technologies, digital tools that affect reading, oral
speech, oral storytelling, students attention
concentration and memory while studying foreign
language lexical units. The laptop allows students to
record a larger volume of educational materials,
developing the technological aspects of learning
foreign languages in the context of the personal
language practice development.
The main directions of optimizing the teaching a
foreign language process on the university
information and educational environment basis
include the differentiation of various education levels.
Computer tools contribute to the various language
forms of communication formation in the
management of students speech interaction in the
individual functional system of speech activity.
Hence, we can conclude that the pedagogical, didactic
and functional potential of the university
informational and educational environment allows us
to create platforms that ensure the educational
material systematization, the content modularity
organization, and the university operation modes
openness in the conditions of the information culture
of future specialists improvement.
So, A. V. Ballastov, E. Y. Sokolova identified that
the multidimensional nature of the educational
process in the university is due to its electronic
information and educational environment, which is
based on the interactivity principle. According to the
authors, the students personality socialization, their
individual-personal and professional development is
determined by their readiness for innovative and
experimental research activities. Therefore, when
teaching a foreign language, it is necessary that a
foreign language communication environment is
created at the university with the help of multimedia
tools that allow to realize the perception of foreign
language speech with the possibility of modeling real
communication situations with other nations
representatives (Ballastov and Sokolova, 2017).
In our opinion, the main directions in optimizing
the process of teaching a foreign language based on
the information and the university educational
environment are:
Foreign Language Teaching in Higher Education Institutions Optimization in the Education Informatization Sustainable Development
1. The ability to constantly be in the language
environment with the help of Internet technologies,
increasing the ability to work with electronic
dictionaries and other electronic resources.
2. The didactic and methodological potential of a
foreign language systematization in the conditions of
working with authentic materials, ensuring the
effective and mobile interaction between students and
a teacher while increasing their independence.
3. The opportunity to gain additional knowledge
and deeper mastery of the language on the basis of
interactive simulators that allow to create an authentic
virtual language environment.
I. V. Kharlamenko argues that the methodology of
teaching a foreign language in higher education
institutions should be based on a competence
approach associated with the latest technologies rapid
development and the global information environment
formation. According to the researcher, the modern
system of higher education in Russia is represented
by various digital technologies that allow to identify
the features of teaching a foreign language, the
opportunities for students to choose their own
vocabulary on the basis of multi-component tasks
containing the thematic organization of language
learning by blocks, wiki glossaries, web projects that
allow them to access authentic sources during the
material preparation (Kharlamenko, 2020).
Foreign language training of university students
on the basis of communicative, linguistic, socio-
cultural knowledge, skills and abilities is aimed at
mastering the scientific culture of thinking on the
basis of optimizing the organizational and effective
factors of the foreign language education
methodological system. At the present stage of
society development, the education
professionalization is a complete dynamic modeled
system that should provide motivation for students to
learn a foreign language.
According to E.P. Zvyagintseva, N.I. Sokolova,
the goal definition of improving the foreign language
training for students should correspond to the creation
of an optimal educational environment in the
university that implements the techniques of students
personal growth, as well as the methodological
system improvement that corresponds to the local and
international levels of students foreign language
competence formation (Zvyagintseva, 2014).
So, the use of language teaching active and
interactive methods based on the information and
educational environment of the university is based on
the use of the latest technical means and technologies
that are focused on the students complex foreign
language training. The expressed interest in the
university information and educational environment
organization during teaching a foreign language is
confirmed by the fact that the technological-
procedural and socio-subjective aspects of its
functioning are associated with the reflexive function.
Students and teachers very often implement general
cultural and professional competencies that allow
them to realize and evaluate the results of their
activities in the university pedagogical process. It is
impossible without reflection.
Various representatives of scientific research on
the organization of foreign language learning at the
university emphasize that the need for a conscious
choice and the students educational trajectory
adjustment is determined by the cultural and
program-methodological complexes of information
collections of foreign language teachers. In particular,
the focus is on the set of information and educational
resources that allow to manage the process of
preparing students and the teachers' author's creative
tasks development adapted to the university
So, E.Y. Kamysheva came to the conclusion that
innovative educational technologies in teaching a
foreign language imply the presence of a certain
innovative infrastructure, knowledge delivery and
management of the educational course, access to the
library of audiovisual and computer equipment.
According to the author, this allows us to identify the
functions of the university information and
educational environment, related to the individual
socialization and inculturation. Hence, the formation
of scientific and theoretical knowledge is determined
by the students professional values and value
orientations, their interests and motives for learning
language (Kamysheva, 2017).
The following theoretical and pragmatic aspects
functions of the information technologies application
in teaching a foreign language at a university are
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Socialization function;
The function of adaptation to new socio-
cultural changes in society;
Reflexive function;
Information function related to the students
information literacy development.
For this purpose, the Kazan State Institute of
Culture implemented the Program "Integration of
Cultures", that was approbated in "the Center for
Cultures Integration", created at the Department of
Intercultural Communication and Linguistics in
Kazan State Institute of Culture. The Center aims to
create a socio-cultural and information-educational
environment aimed at students creative self-
development when learning a foreign language. The
main activities of the center are:
Improving the students educational and
cultural levels;
The creative abilities development;
Improving the quality of foreign language
Stimulating intellectual and linguistic activity;
Expanding the cultural outlook and aesthetic
The socio-cultural competencies development;
Application of language knowledge, skills and
abilities in the context of communication with
representatives of other cultures
(Novgorodova, 2018).
The subject-social component of the university
information environment is associated with the
support of an expanded nomenclature of various types
of foreign language communication, which provides
preparation for communication with representatives
of various linguistic societies. Didactic and
methodological aspects of the electronic educational
environment use in two universities are based on the
improvement and intensification of the teaching
foreign languages process at the university, provided
that the training is environment-oriented and the
optimal organization of training takes into account
students' needs. The use of the new technological
training basis allows to implement a comprehensive
professional personnel training on the basis of
increasing the students foreign language
communicative competence levels, information
literacy and optimization of language culture during
video conferences and competitions that form
linguistic and linguistic-cultural preparation.
M.V. Artamonova, L.V. Pavlova note that the
multiplatform nature of the innovative educational
technologies integration is associated with step-by-
step control and assistance in learning a foreign
language. Today, according to the authors, a
"language portfolio", that creates the conditions for
reflecting on the current academic work is relevant.
The university information educational environment
use is also associated, in their opinion, with
productive research work, controlled language
material development and skills of educational and
cognitive activity of students online consolidation
(Artamonova and Pavlova, 2019).
So, we can conclude that the optimization of the
process of teaching foreign languages in higher
education in the context of education informatization
is associated with an increase in the quality of
students information literacy. It leaves an imprint on
the entire system of teaching a foreign language.
Reflection and independence in the context of digital
learning is formed on the basis of developing the
language culture of the individual integrative
methods use, understanding the semantic and lexical
meaning of the language, the country of the studied
language culture, as well as improving knowledge
based on the skills of using digital methodological
resources, online lectures, video presentations and
other content. Also, the university information
educational environment, as a means of intensifying
the computer tools usage, allows the aspects
differentiated development in students' language
competence development in the presence of
systematic development and understanding
forecasting of structured dialogues based on the
interaction between the training participants. This
develops critical thinking, the ability to use primary
sources, increases communication skills, and forms
the ability to communicate cross-culturally in a
foreign language. Our task is to develop the value
component of the information and educational
environment in two universities, their fruitful
cooperation aimed at the formation and development
of students language skills, reasoned discussion in a
foreign language, while using the correct terminology
and grammar. All this is implemented in the program
"Integration of Cultures", which was implemented at
the Department of Intercultural Communication and
Linguistics of the Kazan State Institute of Culture.
We see the prospects for further problem research
in a more detailed study of the multimedia use as a
means of improving students foreign language
literacy, taking into account an integrated approach in
identifying the values of the foreign cultural
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