(The Triple Helix in Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Thoughts from Russia)-

  • Peter Mitchell

    , Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics

    Time : Sat, Nov 23 14.10 - 14.30

    Room : Ayodya C


The authors base this paper on the principle that English language is unquestionably the global language of business, science and international politics, without knowledge of which one’s ability to interact in the global innovation system is significantly reduced. The authors examine the Russian system of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), comparing the theory and practice – government policy ideals vs. the reality in universities. The authors’ paper focuses on the Institute for Innovation at TUSUR, highlighting the recent advances made there in the field of TEFL in the wider context of the more ‘traditional’ approach to teaching English, the global language of innovation, found in most Russian higher education institutions. The authors find that this traditional approach is divorced from standard best practice acknowledged in ‘western’ countries and is detrimental to the progress of students. The authors demonstrate that increased interaction between universities, industry and government is of the utmost benefit to each and to society in terms of improving English language provision and, thereby, enabling fuller participation in the global innovation system. In addition to their conclusion, the authors make specific recommendations to government, business and universities in order to resolve the problems found to exist, strengthen that which is good, and move forward to an innovative approach to TEFL which embraces Triple Helix principles. Further research may be carried out in other developing countries where the teaching of English as a global language could benefit from being done in accordance with Triple Helix requirements.


Triple Helix Conference I Amsterdam, 1996 II New York, 1998 III Rio de Janeiro, 2000 IV Copenhagen, 2002 V Turin, 2005 VI Singapore, 2007 VII Glasgow, 2009 VIII Madrid, 2010 IX Stanford, 2011 X Indonesia, 2012 XI London, 2013
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