Department of Languages and Education
The mission of the Department of Languages and Education is to develop the humanities competence in medical professionals. The Department of Languages and Education is a department of the University implementing the academic studies on the humanities and social sciences.
Educational courses have been delivered in the Department of Languages since 1999. In 2002, the Senate of Kaunas University of Medicine approved the name of the Department of Languages and Education. In 2003, the Center of Teacher Educational Competence (CTEC) was established in the Department; in 2015 it became a structural unit of the LSMU Study Center – the Department of Teacher Educational Competence.
The compulsory study courses such as Introduction to Studies and the module on Professional Language are delivered to the students of all faculties. The module on Professional Language includes three subjects: Latin Professional Terminology, Professional Foreign Language (English, German, French or Russian), and Professional Lithuanian and Culture. Along with mentioned above the following elective courses are delivered: the Second Foreign Language (English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Danish), Medical Translation, Basics of Russian Medical Terminology, Scientific Style, Introduction to the Science of Education.
The research theme of the department is “Research on the Effectiveness of Specialized Socializing the University Studies in Biomedical Sciences”. Research dates: 01-01-2017 – 31-12-2021.
The research aims to determine the effectiveness of the socializing the biomedical studies on the basis of philology and education methodology, by studying the results achieved according to the intended tasks:
- To carry out studies on the results of general and special skills development.
- To carry out studies on the results of communication and co-operation competence development.
- To carry out studies on the results of application of fields, forms, and techniques of communication.
- To carry out studies on the results of the development of general and professional values.
Expected results: a prepared methodology for determining and improving the effectiveness of socializing the biomedical studies; prepared tools / techniques developed, developed and tested educational methods / ways, which determine the effectiveness of socializing the biomedical studies.
Main research areas.
Theoretical - search for the possibilities of combining linguistic and educational research methodologies in determining the effectiveness of socializing the biomedical studies.
- Application of theories of education and philology in the development and adaptation of effectiveness research tools;
- Combining the linguistic and educational research methodologies to study the results of effectiveness of socializing the biomedical studies.
The teachers of the Department are members of EERA (European Educational Research Association), Association of Classics (Societas Classica), Language Teachers' Association of Lithuania (LKPA), the Lithuanian Applied Linguistics Association, and the Lithuanian Association of French Teachers.
The Department of Languages and Education cooperates with the Language Department of the Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, Ankara University Language Centre, the Department of Didactics and Education of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education, University of Valencia, Spain; and the Departments of Foreign and Lithuanian Languages of Vilnius College.
Head of the department: prof. Raimonda Brunevičiūtė
Phone: +370 37 330352