Foreign Language Training Centre
Foreign Language Training Centre
Dr. Gabriella Kiss PhD, Associate Professor
Head of the Institute
She serves as head of the Foreign Language Training Centre of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officers’ Training, National University of Public Service. She received her degree from the University of Pécs and eventually earned her spot as an English language teacher in 2001 at Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University, Budapest. In addition to teaching, she successfully completed her PhD studies in 2009. In 2010 she competed for the position of the director at the Language Institution, ZMNDU and has been leading this institution ever since.
Office: H-1101 Budapest, Hungária krt. Zrínyi Campus Building III.
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 29103
The Foreign Language Training Centre has a wide range of missions which include the training of BSc officer cadets and full time civil students and their preparation for intermediate or advanced (special) language examinations in accordance with the training and education requirements.
The Foreign Language Training Centre conducts language training courses where commissioned officers, non-commissioned officers, and MoD employees are provided with high-level language knowledge. NATO-accredited international language training is also conducted by the Centre upon the request of the Alliance. These courses have been organised by the Language Training Centre since 2006.
The Military Terminology Teacher Training Seminar states objectives as to train teachers/instructors of military English from PfP, NATO and MD nations in the field of English language terminology and methodology in order to reach a larger military audience by using the English language. Another objective of the course is to build a network of experts who can cooperate long after the course has finished. This teamwork can foster further material development and the exchange of information and experiences. The instructors are experienced teachers from various countries.
The seminar is organised twice a year (in May and in October), two weeks each, with 10-12 participants from different NATO/PfP/MD countries.
The Staff Officers Military Terminology Course aims to give students the ability to communicate within a NATO environment which is a vital prerequisite for cooperation between NATO and the Partner Nations. It prepares Partner Nations' Staff Officers, selected by their parent service, to fulfil staff positions in Multinational Headquarters, as well as for officers and civilian officials in national Ministries of Defence, Defence Staff and General Staff. English language teachers currently employed at military training establishments would also find the content useful.
The course has a dual purpose:
- To enhance the students' military language skills and to familiarise them with NATO terminology and provide them with some public speaking experience;
- And to provide a comprehensive understanding of NATO's structure, thereby enabling the students to better understand the present and future developments within the Alliance.
These courses are organised three times a year (in February, June and September), two weeks each. The number of participants is about 15-20 people each time.
The Centre successfully prepares its students for language examinations in various – English, French, German, or Russian – languages at various levels and organises professional methodology courses too. The language teachers of the Foreign Language Training Centre are also involved in scientific research activities, within the framework of which we organised our first international conference in the field of language education, working title: "Success and Challenges in Foreign Language Teaching" in April 2014.
The aim was twofold. On the one hand we wanted to offer a possibility for language teachers to have an arena to discuss matters of language education. The framework was flexible, which allowed us to share the latest experiences or methods in this ever-changing field.
On the other hand, what with being a new university (National University of Public Service), we also wanted to open our gates to domestic as well as to foreign colleagues who would be possible future partners in different programmes or projects. The languages used were English, French and German.
More than 80 participants visited our Conference, including 11 foreigners (representing 9 different countries) along with guest readers from other Hungarian universities, and the language teachers representing the three Faculties of NUPS.