Department of Belarusian and Foreign Languages

The Department of Belarusian and Foreign Languages provides teaching of the Belarusian, English and German languages, as well as Sign Language, carries out scientific research activity in the linguistic sphere.
Коллектив кафедры белорусского и иностранных языков


Office: +375-17 289-23-20
Address: 220005, Minsk, Masherov Ave, 6

Management of the Department

Tatiana Kattsova, deputy head of the department of belarusian and foreign languages

Head of the Department of Belarusian and Foreign Languages

Tatiana Kattsova

colonel of militia
Candidate of Juridical Sciences (PhD in Law), Associate Professor

Brief Background

In 2000 she graduated from Mogilev State University named after A.Kuleshov with a degree in History and Foreign Language, in 2008 – from the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Since 2000 she has worked as a lecturer, senior lecturer, assistant professor of the Department of Belarusian and Foreign Languages at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Scope of scientific interests is legal regulation and organizational support for the education of prisoners sentenced to deprivation of liberty; interactive technologies of teaching English. He is the author of a number of scientific and educational and methodological publications.

T.Kattsova has some state and departmental awards.

Department: History and Modern Period

De jure the Department of Foreign Languages was created in September 30, 1968, but de facto the department started its work some years before. As early as August 1, 1965, V.Lavrenova was appointed as a laboratory assistant of the department, conscientiously performing her duties until September 2001. It was in 1965 that the staffing of department started. With each year the number of teachers increased, as did the number of courses taught at the department. In 1992 the department was renamed into the Department of Belarusian and Foreign Languages.

Today the department teaches such courses as "Belarusian Language (Professional Vocabulary)", "Foreign Language (English, German)", "Fundamentals of the Sign Language".

The department played an important role in the development of international relations and the formation of the international status of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs: for a long time the faculty provided simultaneous interpretation and translation of working materials of many international events. Thus, the department fully provided translation during the 9th International Conference of Heads of Police Universities of Central and Eastern Europe, the international seminar "Actual Problems of Counteraction to Transnational Crime" involving professors and instructors of police institutions and representatives of law enforcement agencies of the CEI member states, etc.

The Department actively cooperates with practical divisions of law-enforcement agencies, providing translation during arrests, interrogations and other procedural actions in which foreign citizens are involved.

On behalf of the Ministry of Internal Affairs the Department developed and published "The Phrase Book for Law Enforcement Officers".

In 2009–2013, under the auspices of the International Organization for Migration, the Department conducted English language courses for law enforcement officers working in the field of combating illicit drug trafficking, human trafficking, and illegal migration.

In 2013 and 2014 the Department organized and conducted English language courses for law enforcement officers for the World Hockey Championship in Belarus. Since 2017 the Department will organize and conduct English courses for police officers for the second European games in 2019.

Since 2007 the elective course "Fundamentals of the Sign Language" for third-year cadets has been taught by the Department. Since 2017 this course has also been taught at the Faculty of Advanced Studies and Retraining of the Academy.

Research Activities

The main areas of scientific research at the Department are the formation of language competence of law enforcement officials, professionally oriented instruction in a foreign language.

The Department has a scientific club of cadets which examines the problems of peculiarities of functioning of the Belarusian language in the conditions of bilingualism as well as the international experience in combating crime. Cadets take part in republican and international scientific and practical conferences.

Every year the Department organizes a scientific and practical conference in foreign languages among cadets of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs "International Experience of Combating Crime". The participants of the event acquire skills of public speech and have practice in professionally oriented communication.