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English: Extended Essay Writing and Making Presentations

2020/2021
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
2
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
2 year, 1-4 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The 2-nd year course is aimed to revise, expand and develop the academic skills outlined in the 1st year syllabus. The purpose of it is to equip students with the skills necessary for conducting research and producing a piece of extended writing (project) in their own subject-specific area. The course involves an integrated approach, with a particular focus on the writing and research skills necessary for such a task. The course is designed to encourage critical thinking and get students to be evaluative in their approach to writing. There is also a strong oral component to the course through discussion of the students’ work in classrooms, and a final conference at the end of the course when they present their work.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to produce an extended piece of writing in their own subject area within the academic conventions of higher education in the West;
  • to be able to make professional presentations in accordance with general requirements to academic presentations;
  • to possess discursive skills – to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • to have critical thinking skills;
  • to acquire learner autonomy
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Can analyse titles for essays, find focus and problem of the essay
  • Can write Introduction to the essay in accordance with the required format
  • Can develop a paragraph of the Main part in the required format
  • Can summarise information in a given text, write abstracts both for an article and as part of Speaker proposal
  • Can write Conclusion as part of an extended essay according to the required format; write definitions and exemplify
  • Can compile Bibliography in accordance with APA style
  • Can structure a presentation, possess necessary presentation skills
  • Possess necessary vocabulary (making suggestions, interrupting, questioning, giving opinions, using visual aids)
  • Enlarge their vocabulary in reference to introducing a presentation, can make a mini-presentation
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Extended writing development
    Essay title analysis Essay structure: Introduction Essay structure: Main part Summarising. Writing abstracts. Avoiding plagiarism. Essay structure: Conclusion. Definitions. Exemplification. Bibliography. Elements of writing: punctuation
  • Discursive skills development
    Theme “Work”. “Food”. Mini-presentations. “Health”. Mini-presentations. “Environment”. Mini-presentations. “Language and culture”. Mini-presentations. “Globalisation”. Mini-presentations.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Extended Essay
    It is an achievement/attainment test to show mastery of the syllabus and students’ ability to write an extended essay and to use resources in their work.
  • non-blocking Final presentation
    It is a proficiency test designed to measure students’ competence in the form of a final presentation at the end of the academic year.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.5 * Extended Essay + 0.5 * Final presentation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Dynamic presentations, Powell, M., 2010
  • Письменная работа на английском языке : метод. рекомендации, Великая, Е. В., 2003

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Passport to academic presentations : teacher's book, Bell, D., 2008