- Report of the head of the Department
Natural Sciences Department
Natural Sciences Department was established in 1961. Also at this time the Preparatory Department for foreign students started to work in A.M. Gorkiy Kharkiv State University (now named V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University).
The main activity of the Department is training foreign citizens in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science and preparation students to academic success in the first courses of universities and higher educational institutions of Ukraine in medical-biological, economic, engineering and technical profiles. The courses are taught in Russian language, special attention focuses on the development of all kinds of speech activity of students and development of their language specialty. In the process of teaching students problems are eliminated in their preparation for the natural sciences, the principles are formed of the scientific worldview, information is provided on the latest developments in science and technology.
Teaching of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Drawing conducted according to the curriculum and schedules of educational process which are approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. There are forms of learning as workshops, lectures, seminars, laboratory and demonstration experiments, tutoring and counseling. At the Department there are such forms and methods as problematic exposition, heuristic conversation, developing training, business games and different types of knowledge control.
Modern computer technology and multimedia programs effectively use in the educational process. All subjects are fully secured by educational and methodical literature and visual materials that are specifically adapted to the process of education foreign students in Russian language.
All teachers of the Natural Sciences Department are highly qualified with sufficient experience of working with foreign students. In the 70-80s years of the last century teachers of the Department provided organizational and methodological assistance to newly formed Preparatory Faculties for foreign citizens which are located in Lviv, Donetsk, Poltava and Kharkiv. During these years teachers of the Department were passing pedagogical work abroad at universities of Cuba and Algeria (M.S. Knyazhev, V.E. Gorohovets, T.I. Litneva, M.A. Chekarev, I.F. Goryainov, V. A. Shalaev). Every teacher of the Department knows one or more languages that help in better communication between teachers and students at the initial stage of training.
Teachers of the Department regularly participate in international and inter-university scientific conferences and symposia on topics that related to the problems of improving the quality of education of foreign students Russian and Ukrainian languages training and disciplines of the natural and socio-economic cycles. Scientific articles and thesis from reports of teachers have systematically published in Ukrainian and foreign magazines and collections. In addition there is the research project on the topic 'Improving the forms and methods of teaching foreign students at the disciplines of the natural cycle at the Preparatory Department'.
For the purpose of improvement training foreign students at the Preparatory Department of International Education Center and at the first course of study at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and other universities of Kharkiv teachers of the Department annually hold excursions to the Chemical Department, Physical Department, Biological Department and Radiophysical Department at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University , also hold excursions to Kharkiv National Medical University, the Museum of Anatomy of Kharkiv National Medical University, Museum of Nature of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and others. During the excursion time foreign students watch the demonstration experiments; they meet with teachers, students and scientists of faculties and departments where they will study. Also teachers keep in touch with the first year students of the University who have graduated from the Preparatory Department. At that time teachers analyze synopsis of students, help them in mastering the theoretical and practical material in different subjects (for example in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology). There is also held meetings with the teachers of the first courses of the university to improve the quality of training foreign students who are the first-year students and the second-year students.
Department of Natural Sciences of our university has authority among the Preparatory Departments of our country. Many teachers of the Preparatory Faculty from Kharkiv and other cities of Ukraine work on probation at our Department to improve their pedagogical skills.