The chair is headed by Associate Professor Natalia Sergeevna Shavkun, Candidate of Philology Sciences.
The chair of German Studies and Intercultural Communication was formed in 2012.
Being a part of the University that Opens and Transforms the World, the Chair sees its mission in the working out of new scientific articles, contemporary humanitarian technologies, and social innovations, in training new competent human resources on the basis of the constant development of the scientific and intellectual potential of the staff, implementation of a creative project and practice-oriented activity in the interaction with other structural subdivisions of the university, broadening of the international scientific and educational collaboration.
- Constant development of the innovative potential of the chair;
- Internationalization of all the activities;
- Implementation of efficient research, project, and practice-oriented activity;
- Qualitatively new level of new type graduates training – transforming leaders and project managers, innovational processes and social transformations, which have a progressive transformation-oriented methodology and relative innovational and technical competence, who complete and support each other.
The Chair’s staff keeps up with the times constantly improving their work, and searching for new approaches to German language teaching and learning.
The mastery of the most experienced lecturers makes a priceless contribution to the Chair’s work (B.F. Belova, M.E. Morozova, A.E. Mirzakhanova).
Professor B.F. Belova is an Honorable Worker of the Higher Education of the Russian Federation, awarded a certificate of social acceptance, a medal of the 100th anniversary of Russian Trade Unions, Honorary worker of PSLU.
Associate Professor N.S. Shavkun is awarded the lapel pin “For Significant Merits in Education and Long-term Responsible Work.”
Associate Professor N.V. Papka is awarded the 240th Pyatigorsk anniversary medal “For Contribution and Development.”
Sabine Korin, lecturer of the German Service of Academic Exchanges (DAAD) works at the Chair of German Studies and International Communication.
The Chair of German Studies and International Communication is actively involved in the international activity, cooperates with F. Schiller University Jena, Germany, Sankt Polten Institute of Applied Studies, Austria, implementing the semester study programs.
In 2019, PSU entered the ERASMUS+ program of the European Union. Master’s students of our university, who study 42.04.01 “Advertisement and Public Relations. Commercials” have an opportunity to receive European scholarships, studying the double diploma program at the partner of the chair (Sankt Polten Institute of Applied Studies, Austria).
In 2015 and 2017, Associate Professor N.S. Shavkun, Head of the Chair, Professor B.F. Belova, M.E. Morozova, Associate Professor A.E. Mirzakhanova, Associate Professor N.V. Papka, senior lecturer G.A. Lebedenko were awarded letters of gratitude from the German Embassy in the Russian Federation for constructive and fruitful collaboration and a big personal contribution to German-Russian relations development.
Some chair’s tutors are the members of Russian and international organizations and associations:
Association of Scholarship Programs Graduates of the Germans Service of Academic Exchanges (DAAD-Alumni) https://www.daad.de/deutschland/alumni/en/
(G.A. Lebedenko, N.S. Shavkun);
Inter-regional Association of Teachers and Tutors of German language http://dlv-rus.ru/
Russian Union of German Scholars http://germanistenverband.ru/ru/
KULI - Kulturbezogene und kulturanalytische Linguistik (International Linguists Association) http://www.kulturlinguistik.org/
Friendship Bridges – international initiative, Bamberg, Germany (N.S. Shavkun)
Pyatigorsk City German National and Cultural Autonomy Quelle, headed by N.V. Papka
The chair trains students in the following bachelor’s programs:
45.03.02 Linguistics (Theory and Practice of Intercultural Communication, Theory and Methodology of Foreign Languages and Cultures Teaching)
42.03.01 Advertisement and Public Relations (Public Relations in Politics and Business), takes an active part in the implementation of master’s students in 45.04.02 Comparative Study of Cultures and Innovative Strategies of Verbal Communication and 42.04.01 Advertisement and Public Relations (Commercials).
The chair also provides German language training as the second foreign language for secondary vocational education students in 38.02.03 Operational Activity in Logistics; 40.02.01 Law and Organization of Social Security; 21.02.05 Property and Land Relations; 40.02.03 Law and Judicial Administration; 38.02.02 Insurance; 54.01.20 Graphic Designer.
There are postgraduate studies available at the chair:
45.06.01 Linguistics and Literature Studies, major 10.02.04 German Languages.
Directions and Results of the Scientific and Research Work:
The principal scientific area is communicative, pragmatic, and sociopragmalinguistic aspects of discourse.
The results of the scientific work:
From 2013 to 2021 the chair’s workers published:
8 monographs (including 4 collective);
109 RSCI journals articles;
36 articles in HAC journals;
6 articles in Web of Sciences journals;
4 articles in ERIH Plus database;
18 academic aids;
2 publications were marked by the Academic Methodological Association:
1. V.F. Belova, A.E. Mirzakhanova Analytical Reading: academic aid. Pyatigorsk, 2013 (in 2014);
2. N.S. Shavkun Mit mehr Wissen Verführung genießen: practical course of German. Pyatigorsk, 2014 (in 2015).
Organization and Negotiation of the Conferences:
The chair’s workers took an active part in the organization of XXXI conference of German scholars “Neue Wege der Fachdidaktik” (May 2013) at PSLU (Pyatigorsk, Russia) in cooperation with the German Service of Academic Exchanges (DAAD, Germany).
The chair initiated and held an international scientific and practical conference on “Innovational Technologies and Creativity in the Research and Teaching of Languages and Cultures” (April 2016) at PSU (Pyatigorsk, Russia), and 4 international linguistic seminars on “Contrastive and Diachronic Researches of the Linguistic Units and Categories” (November 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020) in cooperation with Donetsk National University (Donetsk, Peoples Republic of Donetsk).
In November 2019, a teaching staff of the chair organized and negotiated an international scientific and practical conference on “Social Engineering: How human changes the world”. The project of the chair was made possible by the grant support of the Embassy of Germany in the Russian Federation.
As a result of these events,6 collected papers were published.
The chair’s scholars take part in different scientific conferences, roundtables, organized in Russia and abroad on a regular basis.
The chair runs postgraduate programs on 45.06.01 Linguistics and Literature Studies (10.02.04 German Languages).
Parallax – scientific and research laboratory of the Chair of German Studies and Intercultural Communication
The principal areas of the laboratory’s activity include:
- Coordination of scientific and research work of the Chair;
- Establishing and maintenance of academic and informational relations with Goethe Institute (Moscow), DAAD (Bonn, Germany), Institute of Applied Studies in Sankt Polten, Austria, International Union of German Culture (Moscow), VERBUM NOVUM linguistic school (Mainz, Germany).
- Development and maintenance of scientific contacts with Russian and foreign scholars and organizations involved in the German studies;
- Implementation of the scientific, research, analytic, and advisory works;
- Practice-oriented workshops;
Laboratory researches are implemented in three forms:
- Country studies;
The Chair of German Studies and Intercultural Communication was formed based on the Chair of German Philology and Chair of German Language and Intercultural Communication, which corresponds to the trends of scientific transformation in higher education. The chair has a rich history. In different years it had different names, conditioned by the directions of its scientific and practical activity.
The chair originated in 1961, headed by Associate Professor Margarita Borisovna Ushaeva, then it was headed by such scholars as Associate Professor Tamara Mikhaylovna Nedyalkova, Associate Professor Nina Ivanovna Krylova, Professor Leon Grigoryevich Fridman, Professor Viktor Petrovich Litvinov, Professor Tatyana Grigoryevna Yanukyan, Professor Evgeniya Aleksandrovna Lozinskaya.
Since 2012 the chair has been headed by Associate Professor Natalya Sergeevna Shavkun, Candidate of Philological Sciences.