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Bachelor 2019/2020

Speech Culture

Area of studies: Linguistics
When: 4 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Alexey Bakulev, Tatiana Ershova, Elizaveta Kovaleva, Elena Sorokina
Language: English
ECTS credits: 8
Contact hours: 64

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

  • knowing and being able to apply the conventions of report writing
  • knowing the nuances of meaning of the active vocabulary and being able to use it appropriately to convey the precise meaning of the message
  • being able to participate in a discussion: entering a conversation, turn-taking, showing interest, employing exiting strategies
  • knowing and being able to apply conventions of effective interpersonal written communication
  • being able to summarise the ideas and expand on the premise
  • being able to process information from more extended reading passages and use it for further writing practice
  • being able to apply noticing skills in reading
  • being able to comprehend a wide range of spoken English, including a range of voices, accents and styles of delivery
  • being able to identify the key points of the message delivered in a spoken discourse
  • knowing and being able to follow the norms norms of academic and professional communication
  • knowing and being able to employ the strategies of listening for general information and for detail
  • being able to report other people’s ideas in speaking and writing (hedging devices and reporting verbs)
  • being able to summarise and elaborate on the key data from the visual prompts (pictures or diagrams/charts)
  • being able to use inferencing skills in reading without using a dictionary
  • being able to use relevant examples to support the argument
  • being able to use critical thinking skills to grasp the information implied in spoken or written discourse
  • being able to recognise and evaluate attitudes and opinions expressed in the text
  • being able to infer underlying meaning of the message communicated in spoken or written discourse
  • being able to distinguish between and utilise a variety of literary devices
  • being able to discern a distinction between more challenging lexical items
  • being able to use high register lexis fluently and appropriately, conveying the subtle nuances of the meaning with precision
  • knowing and being able to apply in writing conventions of review writing
  • being able to understand spoken discourse delivered at fast native speed
  • being aware of connotative levels of meaning
  • being 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

  • Broadening your horizons
    Professional concerns. Setting up a project. Networking. Learning Curve. Fear of burning out.
  • Information and digital world
    Dealing with information overload. The effects of digital transformation. The role of social media in people's lives. Digital and information detox.
  • Language and literature
    Reading preferences. Literary devices. Careers and language use. The elements of eloquence.
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., 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