The past years have seen tremendous changes both in interpersonal communication and in the field of foreign language training, said in his opening address Mr Norbert Kiss, Vice Rector for international affairs and further training of the National University of Public Service at the conference organised and held for language instructors by the Centre for Foreign and Special Language Training. Language training and the related research play a pivotal role in the few-years-old NUPS, he added.
Foreign language training at the NUPS is conducted at the faculties by their Centres for Foreign and Special Language Training. At the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training 21 language instructors are responsible for the training of not only the university students but also of Hungarian and sometimes foreign military officers. Since the beginning of academic year 2013-14 the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training has been providing 180 hours for language preparation to enable them to meet the requirements. Prospective military officers study primarily English and in the Centre special attention is given to acquiring special military language. Apart from the well-prepared language instructors the NUPS has laboratories and a large library as well to support the students’ preparation.
At the Faculty of Public Administration the students can learn both general and special English, French, German or Italian.
At the Centre for Foreign and Special Language Training of the Faculty of Law Enforcement the students are provided with opportunities to study English, French, German or Russian. The full-time students at the Department of Criminal Sciences and the Department of Public Law Enforcement have 210 hours to the chosen foreign language including the necessary professional vocabulary. The students of Security Programs have a 336-hour foreign-language input.
Mr Kiss reminded of the general trend that English is to gain a dominant role thus reducing the significance of other languages in the colourful world of languages. He highlighted that currently a good command of a foreign language is a key factor for the competitiveness of anyone even in the field of public sphere. Moreover, the knowledge of a foreign language is getting increasingly important when applying for tertiary education.
In the opinion of Mr Kiss currently one of the most significant issues is how new methodology and technology support the efficient language training. The 80 participants from seven countries working in three sections of the two-day conference had a chance to exchange their ideas and experience in the above issues as well. The keywords of the conference were: “success” and “challenge”.