Teaching foreign languages has been practiced in RAU since the launch of the University. The Department of Theory of Language and Cross-Cultural Communication was established to enhance teaching foreign languages to students of all departments as well as cultivate and promote intellectual and professional growth in the sphere of linguistics.
The Department offers undergraduate and master’s degrees in English, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Persian and Arabic. Every year it enrolls a freshman class of about fifty students. Students from this department go abroad on exchange to different European universities.
Graduates in foreign languages enter many different types of professions, such as foreign language teacher, translator, editor, marketer. The Department often invites foreign and local well-reputed lecturers to conduct master classes, workshops, trainings and lectures at RAU. The Department also offers online courses in several subjects.
The Department has a Language Center for those who are eager to advance their linguistic knowledge, thus preparing students for a smooth transition to the professional market.
The undergraduate curriculum of the program consists of a core of mandatory theoretical and practical courses of language teaching as well as selective undergraduate courses that offer students a wonderful opportunity for academic growth. The program opens windows on the languages, literatures and cultures of different parts of the globe.
Master’s: Teaching Theory and Methodology of Foreign Languages and Cultures
It is a full 2-year academic curriculum aimed at the training of high quality specialists in the field of linguistics who can implement the bulk of knowledge in theoretical linguistics and practical skills in language teaching. The stress is also put on developing problem-solving and other practical abilities in applied linguistics, in understanding trends in language teaching and language testing. This refers to knowledge not only in linguistics and language teaching, but also intercultural communication. Upon graduation a student of the Master’s Program will possess skills necessary for both conducting linguistic research and teaching foreign languages at all levels, ranging from primary to tertiary. The Master’s Program also enables them to continue doing a Ph.D. in Linguistics.
Our research interests are in the areas of Cognitive Linguistics, Pragmatics, Linguistic and Cultural Studies, Political Discourse, Theory of Foreign Language Teaching and many others. Various language and culture-related conferences are held on a regular basis.