Introducing an Integrative Approach for Studying Foreign Languages in Higher Education: The Case of Belgrade Faculty of Philology

After the Republic of Serbia officially adopted the principles of the Bologna Declaration in 2003, the international development of the Serbian higher education had to follow the guidelines common for all European Union countries. Abiding by the new Higher Education Law of 2005, the Faculty of Philology of the Belgrade University first started introducing gradual changes and then implemented the reformed curriculum for language learning as of the 2006/2007 academic year. The new program of academic study includes three main domains for each of the many departments of the Faculty of Philology: language, literature and culture, but these comprise different courses, some of which are mandatory, while others are elective. For instance, in the English Department, besides the mandatory classes in Contemporary English Language, students also follow several courses per year in English Linguistics, Anglophone Literatures, EFL Methodology and Cultural Studies. This paper will illustrate the introduced changes and discuss the benefits of the new, integrative approach to foreign language studies, both for students and their professors.



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Aleksandra Vranes, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Ljiljana Markovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Biljana Djoric Francuski, University of Belgrade, Serbia

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Conference: ACEID2016
Stream: Higher education

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