1 Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
2 Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing (Litinstitut) (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN17 Proceedings
Publication year: 2017
Pages: 2505-2513
ISBN: 978-84-697-3777-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2017.1524
Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
The article deals with the issues related to the development of ESP students’ autonomy in Russian universities. A particular emphasis is laid on the country-specific features making the process of learning and teaching a foreign language challenging, innovating and inspiring.

From the very beginning and throughout the university language course learners get used to adapting new strategies, innovative methods, creative tools and novelty principles of learning they have never been aware of before. Students get motivated and inspired by these techniques, become more self-confident and professionally oriented; they share responsibility for the educational process, collaborate in and enjoy the so-called life-long learning and finally overcome the barriers imposed by traditions, out-of-date methods, techniques and country-specific traits.

The other purpose of the article is to reveal the new challenges the ESP professor faces at the moment. It is the ESP professor who first and foremost has to be fully aware of the primary role of autonomy in achieving positive results and bringing up a completely new personality with new learning skills – mature and capable of being self-sufficient and independent, responsible for his/her own results; a creative, innovative and full-fledged member of the 21st century society.
Autonomy, ESP students, motivation, life-long learning, country-specific features.