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Pages: 9569-9574
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-697-9480-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2018.2388

Conference name: 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2018
Location: Valencia, Spain

MASTER PROGRAMS TAUGHT IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES: STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE IN RESEARCH

A. Atabekova

Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
There is a growing number of universities in non –English native language countries that offer degree programs in English.
One can compare the following figures: 2,389 of such programs in non-English-speaking countries in Europe in 2007, and over 8,000 in 2014. And about 80%of the above covered master's-level courses.

Both scholars and educators agree that master program opens a door to research for a student (Agre 1996, 2001).
This means a particular emphasis should be laid on consistent training in research methodology, techniques (Jesús Rey et al 2014).
Nonetheless, there is evidence across countries that English-taught programs in non-English-speaking countries fail to satisfy students’ aspirations in term of research experience (Ghadirian et al. 2014) The issue of a foreign language mastery is mentioned as the main reason for the above situation (Pilcher 2011).

However, the authors experience in supervising masters and PhD students’ research activities in a foreign language lead to the hypothesis that challenges to research quality in a foreign language taught master degree course go beyond language issues and concern the overall students’ skills related to research activities and methodology.

The research goal is to explore students’ opinions regarding their research experience through studies on master degree program.
The studies comprised desk and field research and involved relevant literature review and students and research supervisors survey.
The research findings confirmed the hypothesis and revealed a number of challenges, including the academic curriculum contents, supervisors’ style of research guiding activities, students’ aptitude to divers types of research activities, etc.

The research results allowed for drafting recommendations to enhance the quality of research within foreign languages-taught master programs.

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A. Atabekova (2018) MASTER PROGRAMS TAUGHT IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES: STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE IN RESEARCH, INTED2018 Proceedings, pp. 9569-9574.
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