In August 2019, the 41st Otto-Friedrich International Summer University in Bamberg gathered more than 70 participants from 21 countries. Among them – Otto-Friedrich University scholarship grant holders Olesia Yehorova, associate professor at the Department of Germanic Philology, and Alina Shynkarenko, student of group PR-62.
The leitmotif of the 41st International Summer University contained the topics of German literature and music; however, the offered curriculum also envisages courses of region studies, stylistics, methods of teaching German as a foreign language, grammar and vocabulary building courses, as well as courses for pleasure (theater, creative writing, choir, games, etc.) under the guidance of the university's senior students.

Lecturer of the Department of Germanic Philology  Olesia Yehorova was awarded a scholarship for participation in the programme for German language teachers “Language, Area Studies, and Intercultural Learning” which took place in summer 2019 in Bremen. The programme, which gathered 25 German language teachers from around the globe, primarily focused on the issues of knowledge transfer in the fields of Language and Area Studies, especially within culturological approach, and the typology of tasks and learning forms to reach the desired learning goals, as well as designing the tasks for different learning levels.

This summer, Vitalii Dorda http://gf.sumdu.edu.ua/uk/1-dorda-vitalij-oleksandrovich, PhD of the Department of Germanic Philology http://gf.sumdu.edu.ua/en/, finished his traineeship in China.
His Internship started in autumn 2018. He got a grant from Shanghai University, which was based on the Institute of foreign languages. The objective of the training was to compare the differences between teaching methodologies in Chinese schools and linguistic centres according to the international demands. Educators from Croatia, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and India also participated in the traineeship.
Vitalii Dorda researched the new ways of teaching English in Chinese schools in consideration of cultural and national diversity, because one of the main issues in China is a qualitative preparing for the international exams.

The lecturer of the Department of Germanic Philology Nataliia Prykhodko took part in «National Seminar for Extraordinary Teachers» which was held by Innovational Learning and Teaching Center of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Nyzhnii Studenyi village in Zakarpattia region where the innovations and challenges in teaching and also creative tasks for attraction and were discussed.
Nataliia Anatoliivna also took part in online international interpreting conference organized by UTIC in «Meteorit» camp near Dnipro city. Conference participants from different countries (Israel, the Netherlands, Italy etc.) exchanged their experience and discussed the prospects of development of translation industry in the world, and in Ukraine in particular.


Larysa Dehtiarova, Senior lecturer at the Department of Germanic Philology

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Germanic Philology  Svetlana Ermolenko has received a scholarship for advanced training in Germany, Schwäbisch Hall.

The German Language Teaching and Training Seminar was held in summer and it covered the virtual phase (2 online phases) and the attendance phase. The workshop took place in an interesting and picturesque place, included a cultural program, giving many opportunities for language and methodical practice as well as establishing contacts with participants from other countries.

 

Associate professor at the Department of Germanic Philology Olesia Yehorova, and students of specialization Translation, received a thank-you note from the public organization Wikimedia Ukraine and its representative Vira Motorko.
We are grateful for the translation of Wikipedia articles, a publicly available, multilingual encyclopedia with free content performed by students under the lecturer's guidance during May 2019.
The message states: “Thank you very much for this work! I hope your experience with Wikipedia was only positive. Can I help you with anything? You probably already know about the Wikipedia tool for translating articles. You may find it helpful to track the submission of a group of people to Wikipedia. We try to keep in touch with active lecturers who use Wikipedia in their teaching process. If we can help you somehow, be sure to let us know. "

You came to an important border in your fateful path. What it will be like - greatly depends on the profession you have chosen.

For each of you it was a time full of new information and interesting experiments. You studied to translate, to use gained knowledge on practice and now you’re leaving our university as certified translators.

Some of you will reach a stable professional way, but some others will have a rapid career rise. Anyway, remember: Knowledge will always be your valuable intellectual benefit. "All mine is always with me" - said the ancient Greek sage Biant and your knowledge will always be with you.

Diploma of SSU will open the doors of leading companies and institutions for you because a translator that has graduated from SSU indicates the professionalism and demand in the labor market not only in Ukraine but also abroad.

I believe that each of you will worthily represent translators of SSU.

I wish you, dear graduates, successful career start, a lot of happy events and prosperity. Let your path be bright and happy smiles always appear on your faces.

Iryna Kobyakova,
the Head of the Department of Germanic Philology

Students of specialization Translation successfully defended their Bachelor papers and demonstrated deep knowledge in methodology of foreign language teaching.

Lecturers of the Department of Germanic Philology had a wonderful opportunity to hear from Ukrainian and foreign students (Eldorbek Hamitov and Michelle Alarcon) about latest tendencies in methodology of teaching according to the new Education Act, see presentations to Bachelor papers and practical study manuals, which will significantly help foreign language teachers.

Professor of the Department of Germanic philology Iryna Kobiakova and professor Svitlana Shvachko took part in the linguistic seminar "Key Problems of Germanic and Romanian Linguistics", which was held from May 27 to June 2 at Lesia Ukrainka Eastern European National University (Lutsk).

A common research "The heritage of Kobzar from Toronto to Kyiv: the category of negation" has both scientific and practical significance, drawing the attention of college linguists and employers of the publishing and museum activities.