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Бакалаврская программа «Программа двух дипломов НИУ ВШЭ и Лондонского университета "Прикладной анализ данных"»


English Language

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1-4 модуль


Нечуй-Ветер Мария Михайловна

Сильдимирова Марина Александровна

Course Syllabus


The course is compulsory and aimed at helping students majoring in Data Science and Business Analytics develop English language competence. That involves improving students’ reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills, expanding their grammar and vocabulary range as well as preparing them for further studies and research on the University of London double degree programme. Students’ progress through the course is monitored by means of tests, written assignments, interim exam in module 2, IELTS mock exam in module 3 and is evaluated by the IELTS Academic test in module 4. Pre-requisites: the Unified State Exam (EGE) score is 70 points and higher or the International Students’ Entrance Exam score is 70 points and higher.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to hone students’ reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills in English.
  • to enrich students’ vocabulary.
  • to advance students’ knowledge of English grammar and their ability to use it.
  • to improve students’ pronunciation.
  • to enhance students’ communication skills.
  • to advance students’ critical and independent thinking skills.
  • to familiarize students with the IELTS exam format.
  • to equip students with effective IELTS exam strategies.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students, following Cambridge Academic English Advanced, will attain the level of Proficient User (C1) according to the CEFR that corresponds to IELTS Band 7 (Good User).
  • Students, following Cambridge Academic English UpperIntermediate, will attain the level of Independent User (B2) according to the CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) that corresponds to IELTS Band 6 (Competent User).
  • Students will be able to understand longer factual texts and specialised articles and recognise implicit meanings, express themselves fluently, use English effectively in social and academic contexts, produce a well-structured essay or a report, formulate their ideas with precision and use appropriate style.
  • Students will know IELTS exam strategies and how to use them.
  • IELTS Academic Reading, IELTS Academic Writing, IELTS Listening, IELTS Speaking.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Academic Orientation.
    Grammar and vocabulary: education, academic culture, academic vocabulary.
  • Advertising and critical thinking.
    Grammar and vocabulary: compound nouns, nominalisation, easily confused words, -ing clauses with prepositions and conjunctions, prepositions after passive verbs. Skills: preparing to read, reading critically, note-taking, inferring relationships between sentences, reading in detail, writing a summary, using in-text referencing
  • Innovation and invention.
    Grammar and vocabulary: heading, word stress, the language for asking for and giving clarification, using gender-neutral language, complex conjunctions, adjective compounds, business language. Skills: note-taking, reading in detail, writing summaries and reference lists, gist and detailed listening, understanding new terms, tutor’s instructions and feedback.
  • IT in education and business.
    Grammar and vocabulary: noun/verb + preposition, subject-verb agreement, tense choice in reporting verbs, prefixes. Skills: preparing to read a research article, checking predictions, producing slides from texts, reading in detail, presenting, giving feedback in discussions, giving a mini-presentation.
  • Facing challenges.
    Grammar and vocabulary: politics, focusing and evaluative language, adjective compounds, complex prepositions, being. Skills: following the writer’s argument, reading in detail, understanding instructions in essays, developing an argument in an essay.
  • Culture, science and society.
    Grammar and vocabulary: formal and informal verbs, language for giving opinions, complex noun phrases, classifying nouns, compound adjectives, collocations. Skills: identifying the main points, understanding meaning in context, reading in detail, making a presentation, writing an introduction.
  • Ways of studying in higher education.
    Grammar and vocabulary: movement up and down, dependent prepositions, complex noun phrases, compound nouns, as-clauses. Skills: reading in detail, presenting and explaining results in charts, paraphrasing, understanding introductions, detailed points, recognising quotes, recognising examples that support the main point.
  • Marketing and consumers.
    Grammar and vocabulary: complex noun phrases, word families, language for conclusions and recommendations, irregular plural nouns, nouns + passive verb combinations, it-clauses, problem words. Skills: reading in detail, organising information in sentences.
  • Criminology.
    Grammar and vocabulary: problem words, classifying phrases, problem and solution phrases, word order in as-clauses, vocabulary for the context. Skills: making predictions, dealing with questions in presentations, reading in detail, organising information in texts, gist and detailed listening, recognising lecture styles, understanding lecture structure.
  • Families and relationships.
    Grammar and vocabulary: word families, evaluative language, hedges, problem words, language for comparing results. Skills: understanding the writer’s opinion, inferring, reading in detail, understanding figures.
  • Communicating science.
    Grammar and vocabulary: punctuation, conditional expressions, signposting language. Skills: following an argument, editing your work, understanding slides, predicting content, gist and detailed listening.
  • IELTS intensive preparation.
    Cambridge IELTS tests, practising exam skills intensively.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking 1st semester Attendance and Classwork
  • non-blocking 2nd semester Attendance and Classwork
  • non-blocking 1st semester Homework
  • non-blocking 2nd semester Homework
  • non-blocking 2nd Module Exam
    The exam in December comprises two parts: the written part, 80 minutes long, with listening, reading, writing and speaking, which is a 10-minute interview
  • non-blocking IELTS Mock Exam
    IELTS Mock Exam at the end of Module 3 is held on two days, has a written part of 160 minutes and a 14-minute long interview and serves the purpose of simulating the real IELTS exam conditions.
  • non-blocking 1st semester Tests
  • non-blocking 2nd semester Tests
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.24 * 1st semester Attendance and Classwork + 0.18 * 1st semester Homework + 0.18 * 1st semester Tests + 0.4 * 2nd Module Exam
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.24 * 2nd semester Attendance and Classwork + 0.18 * 2nd semester Homework + 0.18 * 2nd semester Tests + 0.4 * IELTS Mock Exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Cambridge academic English: advanced: student's book : an integrated skills course for EAP, Hewings M., Thaine C., 2012

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Cambridge academic English: upper intermediate: student's book : an integrated skills course for EAP, Hewings M., 2012
  • Cambridge vocabulary for IELTS advanced with answers : self-study vocabulary practice, Cullen P., 2012
  • Writing for IELTS with answer key : 6.0-7.5, Dimond-Bayir S., 2014
  • Writing for IELTS, Williams A., 2011