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2020/2021

Английский язык для общих коммуникативных целей. Основной курс - 2

Язык: английский
Кредиты: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The discipline refers to the variable educational tracks offered to students of the curricula for bachelor's and master's degree at choice while mastering the optional course of English in accordance with the Concept of developing English-speaking communicative competence of students of Higher School of Economics — National Research University https://www.hse.ru/docs/381549301.html English for General Communication Purposes is a course that aims (1) to build students’ confidence in using English in different life situations and contexts, i.e. home, university, work, tourism, and (2) to develop students’ language skills and communicative competences to B2 level (HSE Scale 60-69). The course is designed to assist students in achieving the level of independent users through developing reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, attaining excellence in vocabulary management and grammatical accuracy. The course offers a variety of authentic materials that familiarise students with real English expressions and scenarios, provides an array of contemporary topics for discussion and develops 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, text analysis, and digital literacies. The course develops a solid general English base for further success in learning English for academic or special purposes, taking international examinations, as well as future academic studies and research.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Help students advance to the level of independent users of English for general communicative purposes
  • Boost students’ language skills to the B2 level (HSE Scale 60-69)
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Understand dialogues and polylogues on both familiar and unfamiliar topics; understand lectures; use basic listening techniques for different purposes (predicting, understanding the main ideas and details); note-taking effective use of skills
  • Understand articles, reports, straightforward and specialised texts concerned with contemporary problems; know the text structure; use basic reading techniques for different purposes (predicting, understanding the main ideas and details)
  • Participate in dialogues on general, academic and professional topics (active listening, questioning, responding to questions, emphasizing, discussion strategies) ; to produce informative/descriptive/argumentative/persuasive speech ; to make effective presentations
  • Communicate spontaneously opinions and reactions, providing explanations and examples, and invite others to join in
  • Write clear and detailed lengthy texts summarizing the main ideas and selecting appropriate supporting details
  • Write summaries, essays, emails
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Literature and Film
    Issues: genres of books, films, PISA: reading habits Vocabulary: topic-related vocabulary, adjectives and adverbs Grammar: used to, would, get used to Skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing
  • Architecture
    Issues: iconic buildings, describing buildings Vocabulary: topic-related vocabulary, idioms Grammar: the passive Skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing
  • Globalization
    Issues: iconic buildings, describing buildings Vocabulary: topic-related vocabulary, idioms Grammar: the passive Skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing
  • Art
    Issues: art and artists, painting, photography Vocabulary: topic-related vocabulary, collocations, the order of adjectives Grammar: gradable and ungradable adjectives, position of adverbs Skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing
  • Psychology
    Issues: personality, peer pressure, criminal profiling Vocabulary: topic-related vocabulary, phrasal verbs Grammar: relative clauses, reduced relative clauses Skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing
  • Cultures
    Issues: culture shock, culture differences Vocabulary: topic-related vocabulary Grammar: reported speech Skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing
  • Technology
    Issues: devices and gadgets Vocabulary: topic-related vocabulary, opposites (prefixes) Grammar: Conditionals: 1, 2, 3 Skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Written assessment
  • non-blocking Oral assessment
    Speaking assignments include a monologue on a given topic, a discussion and a presentation. The elements of oral assessment cannot be retaken.
  • non-blocking Independent work assessment
    Independent study includes activities that students do (1) at home, (2) in the classroom and (3) online. The elements of independent work cannot be retaken.
  • non-blocking Final assessment
    The final test is held in class within 10 days before the exam period. The final test includes one reading test, one listening test and one written work (an essay). The test tasks can be of different types.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.3 * Final assessment + 0.25 * Independent work assessment + 0.2 * Oral assessment + 0.25 * Written assessment
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • New language leader: upper intermediate : coursebook, Cotton, D., Falvey, D., 2016

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • English grammar : a resource book for students, Berry, R., 2012