Abstract.The article analyzes the role of informal education in
the development of socio-cultural competence and gives the examples of new methods of trainingfuture 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 outsidethe class that were suggestedin
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
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 translatorsin
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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