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Master 2019/2020

English for Special Purposes (Mathematical English)

Area of studies: Applied Mathematics and Informatics
When: 1 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Valentina Kuskova
Master’s programme: Applied Statistics with Network Analysis
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is an adaptive discipline, offered to some students of MASNA program to prepare them for the advanced nature of the program. The course is strongly related and complementary to all courses in the program as the program is taught in English. The course gives students an important foundation to read advanced mathe-matical texts and express own thoughts in English.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The goal of the course is to review English in its application to mathematical disciplines.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Know basic mathematical terminology of the English language.
  • Know grammatical rules for using mathematics in the written and spoken English
  • Have a working command of mathematical English
  • Know basic rules for writing up mathematical texts in English.
  • Be able to understand mathematical notation and terminology in English.
  • Be able to read advanced texts with mathematical notation and explanation.
  • Be able to express own thoughts, containing mathematics, verbally and in writing.
  • Have an ability to communicate freely in English.
  • Have an ability to use mathematical notation appropriately, both in writing and orally.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • A mathematical grammar of English
    The intricacies of building sentences, containing mathematical expressions.
  • Mathematical terms
    Basics of translating mathematical terms into English. Incorporating mathematical lingo into the everyday conversations, presentations, and written texts.
  • Foundations of English grammar
    English as a scientific and research language; peculiarities of using mathematical English.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Homework assignments
  • non-blocking Final exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.6 * Final exam + 0.4 * Homework assignments
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Baber, R. L. (2011). The Language of Mathematics : Utilizing Math in Practice. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=475534
  • Hemphill, G. (1973). A Mathematical Grammar of English. The Hague: De Gruyter Mouton. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=627900
  • Molina, C. (2012). The Problem with Math Is English : A Language-Focused Approach to Helping All Students Develop a Deeper Understanding of Mathematics. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=481799
  • Schwartzman, S. (2012). The Words of Mathematics : An Etymological Dictionary of Mathematical Terms Used in English. Cambridge: Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=450262
  • Urdan, T. C. (2005). Statistics in Plain English (Vol. 2nd ed). Mahwah, N.J.: Taylor & Francis [CAM]. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=128580

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • English as a scientific and research language : debates and discourses / ed. by Ramón Plo Alastrué . (2015). Berlin [u.a.]: de Gruyter Mouton. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.443278601
  • Herbst, T., & Walter de Gruyter & Co. (2010). English Linguistics : A Coursebook for Students of English. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=390973
  • Manchón, R. (2009). Writing in Foreign Language Contexts : Learning, Teaching, and Research. Buffalo: Multilingual Matters. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=287365