Special interest groups

E-Learning Team 

In 2018, there were five members in the e-Learning Team: Šarolta Godnič Vičič, Saša Podgoršek, Polona Vičič, Saša Sirk and Vida Zorko (Team Head).

In 2018, the team carried out four online language webinars via Vox’s videoconference platform:

– In January, we hosted Mr Valter Mavrič, Director-General of the Directorate-General for Translation at the European Commission, who presented on the professional environment of translators and interpreters of the EU’s translation service, and the development of advanced translation technologies. The title of the webinar: Presenting the Challenges of one of the Largest Translation Services in the World.

– In March, Sara Orthaber presented the topic of her doctoral thesis, entitled Politeness at a Slovene Call Centre.

– In April, we hosted a webinar entitled The Use of ICT in LSP with three presenters: Irina Makarova, Igor Rižnar and Šarolta Godnič Vičič. Irina Makarova shared her ICT experience in Russian language teaching with us, and Igor Rižnar introduced the use of Flipboard and Basecamp 3 in Business English. Šarolta Godnič Vičič spoke about micro-learning in LSP learning and showed ways and tools for creating open-access learning materials.

– In May, Lars Felgner presented his doctoral dissertation entitled The Importance of Kinesics and Prozody in an Interpreted Medical Interview.

In addition to four language webinars, we organized a workshop entitled Translation Tools. It was carried out by Professor Špela Vintar from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. She presented the Internet tools for translators which enable quicker and more effective translation. The participants tested all of the tools and received instructions for creating terminology glossaries with their students.

Foreign Language Policy Design Team

The Team operated from 2009 to 2013, headed by Violeta Jurkovič. In cooperation with the colleagues from the Slovene Association of Teachers of the German Language, the Team prepared an initiative to develop a coherent foreign language policy at all levels of education. The initiative was sent to the policy- and decision-makers in Slovenia (i.e. the National Education Institute, Universities, the authors of the White Paper on Education, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and Sport). You can find the full text of the initiative here.

The article International Positioning of Foreign Language Teaching and Research in the Slovene Higher Education Area provides a comprehensive overview of the research of foreign languages in the field of Higher education in Slovenia and places it in the context of international trends: Darja Mertelj, Šarolta Godnič Vičič, Violeta Jurkovič, Mateja Dostal, Dubravka Celinšek, Saša Podgoršek (2016): http://www.cmepius.si/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Monografija_splet.pdf