REGIONAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION OF RUSSIA AND EDUCATIONAL LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL STUDIES PROGRAM ON CHINESE LANGUAGE

S. Barov, T. Orlova, Y. Medvedev

Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
The article is devoted to an actual problem of combination of both studying profession and foreign language (particularly the Chinese language) during training of higher education institutes’ students of humanities that would significantly improve and detail the students’ knowledge of their scientific research, especially if they have comparative character. Professionally oriented language skills based on academic mobility is one of the biggest problems of contemporary humanitarian education that significantly contributes to establishing "national limits" in both education and thinking of young professionals, who often perceive the world through the prism of national prejudices and phobias, that leads to the lack of development of students’ analytical abilities. This could be avoided if the process of acquiring professional knowledge by the students had a wider comparative nature and initially took place taking into account of (for regional study students in the context of mastering a language of one or another country) the understanding of the existence of national diversities, national specificities, the difference of manners and customs, social and socio-political order. The authors note that the introduction of linguistic and cultural studies into educational process throughout all the training period for students both at undergraduate and masters’ courses, including teaching in the studied language, which would take into account the specificity of their courses is one of the main steps of raising qualitative level of humanitarian education at Russian Universities. The theme is considered in the context of learning Chinese language at Russian institutes of higher education by the students of humanities and, particularly, regional studies students.