Continuity as an Important Component of Lifelong Learning (On the Example of Foreign Language)

Elena M. Galishnikova, Lilia V. Khafizova

Abstract


The paper aims to determine the significance of lifelong learning in teaching a foreign language (English). The authors analyzed and reviewed digital and other sources to determine topicality of the problem. Lifelong learning concept covers all aspects of education, embracing everything in it: learning opportunities at all ages, all levels in various contexts, the possibility of in-depth work, retraining and learning new skills, that is anything helping a person to become involved in work experience schemes or social work, to become competitive in the labor market. Longitudinal study enabled to speak about lifelong learning as an important component of continuity. It was proved that students who studied English during five years were better prepared for proceeding to master degree program than the control group as they possessed high level of language proficiency. Their skills and knowledge were examined on the basis of three parameters of horizontal continuity: single conceptual and categorical apparatus, common themes and ideas and common educational technologies.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2015.v6n3s1p414


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