METHODOLOGICAL POTENTIAL OF THE US GENERAL EDUCATION IN SHAPING STUDENTS’ LIBERAL CULTURE
The article highlights communication in the general education in the US as an effective tool for shaping students’ liberal culture. Goals and specific characteristics of communication training as a compulsory part of the bachelor program in the US higher education provided by the cycle of courses on the theory and practice of communication are considered. It is noted that communication-based courses provide students with communication models aimed at pragmatics of written and oral communication, which develops their effective communication skills as a part of the communication component of students’ liberal culture and at the same time serves as a tool of its shaping. The priority of communication in the US higher education as a basis for students’ entry into the academic, social and cultural life is specified. The peculiarities of discourse as the unity of sociocultural meanings of higher education and individualized educational practice are covered. It is focused on its specific process of creation and production of social and cultural meanings of life of every student in the course of the US general undergraduate education.
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