Abstract. The article analyzes the role of informal education in the development of socio-cultural competence and gives the examples of new methods of training future translators during the course “Translator in the sphere of professional communication” in one of the regional universities. The author begins with the assumption that informal education plays an important role in self-development of future specialists integrating into the system of the world and national cultures.

The academic novelty of this research lies in new ways of mastering a foreign language outside the class that were suggested in the current research. It was proved that socio-cultural competence consists of the knowledge of social, cultural and country peculiarities of the society and implies the ability to do all kinds of speech activity in a foreign language, including translation.

The analysis of the literature, observation of learning foreign languages during extracurricular activities, conversations with the participants of different projects prove the importance of informal education in formation of socio-cultural competence. The material collected was employed in experimental informal teaching. This

kind of teaching helped understand the results of the developed methods for effective formation of socio-cultural competence. The author describes the benefits of informal learning a foreign language for both teachers and students. There is a review of the factors that influence the development of socio-cultural competence such as integration of formal and informal education in the context of professional training, communicative needs that lead to learning foreign languages, extracurricular activities that motivate students to use a foreign language as a tool for communication.

The research shows that participation of the future translators in different projects like international competitions, translation practices, involvement in different communication societies helps them become more confident, overcome a language barrier, understand the necessity of learning a foreign language in the modern society, be aware of applicability of this language in their professional life.

Informal education leads to a steady interest to a foreign language and to understanding that a foreign language can be used as an instrument of intercultural communication. Extracurricular activities together with formal lessons give an opportunity to form socio-cultural competence of future translators.

Keywords: translators, informal education, socio-cultural competence, extracurricular activities, foreign language

Oksana P. Lazareva

University of Tyumen Tyumen, Russia
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7242-8397

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