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Speech Culture

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Course Syllabus


The «Speech Practice» course for 4 th year students aims to develop students' communicative competence in the area of English for Specific and Academic Purposes and is connected to students' specialisation. The students will develop their communicative competence in all skills and aspects beyond the C1 level. The skills developed in the course include extralinguistic ones such as establishing connections between ideas, interpreting numerical data, providing and applying feedback.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main objectives of the Practical English Course referred to in the Programme official curriculum as “Speech Practice” is to master students’ ability to communicate in diverse contexts with the emphasis on how well it is done in terms of appropriacy, accuracy, sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • - Know and be able to apply the conventions of report writing;
  • - Know the nuances of meaning of the active vocabulary and be able to use it appropriately to convey the precise meaning of the message.
  • - Able to participate in a discussion: entering a conversation, turn-taking, showing interest, employing exiting strategies.
  • - Able to set up a project meeting;
  • - Handle collaborative work efficiently;
  • - Know and apply conventions of effective interpersonal written communication;
  • - Identify and summarise (spoken discourse) the key ideas from several sources;
  • - Able to summarise the ideas and expand on the premise;
  • - Able to process information from more extended reading passages and use it for further writing practice;
  • - Apply noticing skills in reading;
  • - Able to comprehend a wide range of spoken English, including a range of voices, accents and styles of delivery;
  • - Able to identify the key points of the message delivered in a spoken discourse;
  • - Able to use discourse markers to manage a seamless flow of a spoken monologic discourse;
  • Know appropriate norms of communication;
  • Know tools for evaluating the relevance of the information obtained from various sources;
  • - Learn and employ the strategies of listening for specific information;
  • - Able to report other people’s ideas in speaking and writing (hedging devices and reporting verbs);
  • - Able to identify the difference between various types of articles (publication in an English-language newspaper, magazine or newsletter);
  • - Able to summarise and elaborate on the key data from the visual prompts (diagrams/charts);
  • - Learn and be able to apply organisation and language conventions of article writing;
  • - Able to foster the lexical resource;
  • - Ability to employ more sophisticated language appropriately in speaking and writing (grammatical and lexical resource);
  • - Able to use inferencing skills in reading (encourage work without a dictionary);
  • - Able to use examples to support your argument;
  • - Able to deduce potential outcomes based on the data presented;
  • - Able to use critical thinking skills to grasp the information implied in spoken or written discourse;
  • - Able to understand biographical data and draw inferences;
  • - Able to engage in a discussion and negotiate towards peaceful outcome in a discussion;
  • - Able to responding appropriately to their partners’ cues;
  • - Able to comment on a sensitive issue, having considered feelings/culture of an interlocutor;
  • - Know conventions of essay writing;
  • - Able to employ sophisticated vocabulary in writing to achieve precision in communication;
  • - Able to to make positive contributions to move a discussion forward, and show a willingness to take turns, inviting others to speak, listening and responding;
  • - Know the functional language needed to manage a discussion, i.e. how to move forward, redirect if necessary, manage the conclusion;
  • - Able to identify the key points in two texts, which are the basis for the task, presenting contrasting or complementary views on a topic;
  • - Able to organise their written discourse and use the textual references that will support their ideas;
  • - Make sure to introduce more complex grammatical structures and have a good control of punctuation in written discourse;
  • - Able to structure extended contributions, for example by using linking, counterargument and summing up;
  • - Able to recognise implied tone and attitude of a speaker;
  • - Able to synthesize ideas on the basis of a spoken prompt.
  • - Able to recognise and evaluate attitudes and opinions expressed in the text;
  • - Able to infer underlying meaning of the message communicated in spoken or written discourse;
  • - Distinguish between and able to utilise a variety of literary devices;
  • - Able to discern a distinction between more challenging lexical items;
  • - Able to use high register lexis fluently and appropriately, conveying the subtle nuances of the meaning with precision;
  • - Know and able to apply in writing conventions of review writing;
  • - Able to understand spoken discourse delivered at fast native speed;
  • - Able to follow and note down specialised lectures and presentations employing a high degree of colloquialism, regional usage or unfamiliar terminology.
  • - Aware of connotative levels of meaning;
  • - Able to present a clear, smoothly-flowing description or argument in a style appropriate to the context and with an effective logical structure;
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • 4th year. Speech Practice. 1. Broadening your Horizons
    Topic 1. Job opportunities. Topic 2. Setting up a project. Topic 3. Learning Curve. Topic 4. Fear of burning out.
  • 4th year. Speech Practice. 2. Changing Fashions.
    Topic 1. Information & digital world Topic 2. Styles and trends Topic 3. New Era of Housing (smart cities and accessibility) Topic 4. Collectables
  • 4th year. Speech Practice. 4. Arts and Literature.
    Topic 1. Creative streak Topic 2. Literary endeavours Topic 3. Performing arts Topic 4. Formal Examination
  • 4th year. Speech practice. 3. Conflicts of interest.
    Topic 1. Being Diplomatic Topic 2. Social and cross-cultural conflicts: Secure peace is to prepare for war. Topic 3. Stress relief Topic 4. To err is human
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Speaking
    The first part, assessment of speaking proficiency is made up of two parts: a monologic speech and pair/group discussion. Two formative assessment tests are summed up and divided by two.
  • non-blocking Writing
    Assessment of the writing performance is comprised of four main types of writing in the course, i.e. essay, report, article and review. The Final written work is to be submitted by the due date stipulated by the course plan. The formula for this area of assessment is the following
  • non-blocking Class participation
    All the grades are summed up and then divided by the total number of lessons conducted done during the course.
  • non-blocking Exam
    The marks for the two parts are added up.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.25 * Class participation + 0.25 * Exam + 0.25 * Speaking + 0.25 * Writing


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Upstream: proficiency : student's book, Evans V., Dooley J., 2002

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Короткина, И. Б. Academic Vocabulary for Social Sciences = Академическая лексика социальных дисциплин [Электронный ресурс] : учеб. пособие/ И.Б. Короткина ; Нац. ис-след. ун-т «Высшая школа экономики». — 2-е изд. (эл.). — Электрон, текстовые дан. (I файл pdf: 305 с). — М.: Изд. дом Высшей школы экономики, 2018. —Систем, требования: Adobe Reader XI либо Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 ; экран 10'. - ISBN 978-5-7598-1486-3. – Текст : электронный. - URL: https://new.znanium.com/catalog/product/1018922 - Текст : электронный. - URL: http://znanium.com/catalog/product/1018922