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Bachelor 2020/2021

Speech Culture

Area of studies: Linguistics
When: 3 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Instructors: Широкова Светлана Юрьевна, Михеева Наталья Дмитриевна, Yulia Aleshina, Yulia Badryzlova, Mariana Dobrovolskaya, Kseniia Kindenova, Maria Kirsanova, Irina Terentieva, Mariia Tsygunova, Ekaterina Vinogradova, Anastasia Vlasenko, Орехова Екатерина Андреевна
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
Contact hours: 112

Course Syllabus


The «Speech Practice» course for 3 rd 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 principle goal of is formation of professional and academic competencies (including instrumental and social and personal competencies), defined in the Education Standard of HSE in the field of study 45.03.02 “Linguistics”. The main goal is the formation of: ● Foreign language communicative competencies at the C1+ level, including sub-competencies: ● Linguistic competence (lexical items and grammar rules knowledge); ● Sociolinguistic competence (skills of using and interpretation of linguistic forms according to the situation/context); ● Discursive competence (skills of understanding and logical composing of certain statements for the purpose of notional communication); ● Strategic competence (skills of using verbal and nonverbal strategies for compensation of lack of knowledge; ● Sociocultural competency (certain degree of sociocultural context knowledge); ● Social competence (willing and readiness to cooperate with others, skills of situations control). It’s important to mention, that the main goal of the 3rd-year course is the acquisition of foreign language communicative competence components in the field of English for Specific and Academic Purpose in order to create the basis for further professional disciplines and the use of the English language for research.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • - Use vocabulary guessing strategies
  • - Understand what it means to know a word
  • - Structure a problems-and-solutions presentation and prepare slides for it
  • - Paraphrase implementing various strategies
  • - Write a problem-solution proposal
  • - Vary sentence length in writing
  • - Employ cause-and-effect language in a variety of context at the basic and advanced levels;
  • - Learn graphical abbreviations recurrent in neutral and formal (academic) registers;
  • - Use relative clauses in speaking and writing;
  • - Express their opinion upon ways to teach foreign languages;
  • - Make longer presentations upon problems and issues of language and the brain.
  • - Write a summary of a chapter from an academic book.
  • - Predict the meaning of a word based on its origin.
  • - Describe character traits using advanced vocabulary.
  • - Use appropriate negative suffixes and prefixes.
  • - Use structures for comparison and contrast in writing and speaking.
  • - Use advanced comparative and superlative structures.
  • - Use storytelling when giving a presentation.
  • - Write an extended synthesis essay.
  • - Vary vocabulary and use descriptive language in storytelling.
  • - Recognise literature review in an article.
  • - Use reporting verbs and structures in writing
  • - Use the passive voice for various purposes.
  • - Summarize the text and express the opinion about the ideas presented in the text.
  • - Use a range of IT terms and related vocabulary in speaking and writing.
  • - Write an evaluation essay.
  • - Understand what makes a text cohesive.
  • - Use a range of strategies to make one’s writing cohesive.
  • - Use some uncountable nouns with the indefinite article.
  • - Use a range of advanced vocabulary in writing and speaking.
  • - Recognise the functions of modal verbs and their equivalents.
  • - Use a variety of modal verbs and their equivalents in speaking.
  • - Use tentative and emphatic language in speaking and writing.
  • - Recognise the connotations of reporting verbs.
  • - Use reporting verbs in speaking.
  • - Summarise and comment on a text
  • - Use a variety of discourse markers in speaking.
  • - Use topic-related vocabulary appropriately;
  • - Speak about habits using a variety of structures;
  • - Use a range of unreal verb forms;
  • - Participate in a job interview;
  • - Understand job requirements in terms of hard and soft skills;
  • - Write a letter of reference/ a covering letter.
  • - Write a short story on a topic specified in the programme.
  • Listen to authentic texts of various genres (radio shows, academic lectures, interviews, etc.) for gist, for detail and for specific information;
  • read authentic texts of various genres (newspaper and journal articles, blogs, etc.) for gist, for detail and for specific information;
  • Use annotation techniques when reading;
  • Make notes when reading authentic texts;
  • Take notes when listening to authentic texts;
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion;
  • Distinguish between the main idea and supporting details.
  • Use advanced and academic vocabulary and structures to produce written and spoken texts;
  • Plan, structure, create and edit a range of written products such as various types of essays, summaries, proposals according to academic conventions;
  • Use samples for writing and speaking;
  • Use background knowledge;
  • Present research findings supporting them with visual aids;
  • Participate in a dialogue using phrases for emphasis and reinforcement, agreement and disagreement, asking for information, expressing opinion, backtracking and correcting, etc.;
  • Summarise information from one or various sources;
  • - Be able to paraphrase in speaking and writing;
  • Support an opinion with evidence, examples and statistics;
  • Refer to sources correctly to avoid plagiarism;
  • Use linking devices for coherence and cohesion.
  • Use monolingual dictionaries, thesauruses, and dictionaries of collocations to enlarge the vocabulary range;
  • Plan, execute, and control independent work;
  • Use self- and peer-assessment, give feedback;
  • Use assessment criteria when executing a task;
  • Manage time and resources;
  • Use fair academic practices;
  • Identify logical connections;
  • Analyse and synthesise information;
  • Identify problems and suggest possible solutions;
  • Identify cause and effect relationships;
  • Contrast and compare information;
  • Use graphical devices to present information.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • 3rd year. Speech Culture. Topic 1. Education.
    Problems and appropriate solutions in education. trends in education and the future of higher education
  • 3rd year. Speech Culture. Topic 2. Language and mind.
    Issues related to languages, language learning, bi- and multilingualism
  • 3rd year. Speech Culture. Topic 3. Culture.
    Stereotypes about national character traits.
  • 3rd year. Speech Culture. Topic 4. Impact of information technologies
    Issues related to the Internet, Internet security, behaviour of The Internet community
  • 3rd year. Speech Culture. Topic 5. Past and future. The changes in a society.
  • 3rd year. Speech Culture. Topic 6. Labour market.
    The trends on the labour market today.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Auditory
    The teacher assesses the students’ work in class: participation in dialogues and discussions, role-plays, other tasks fulfillment, active vocabulary and grammar acquisition tasks, quizzes etc. The teacher also assesses homework completion, and classroom participation. The grades for these types of activities are recorded in the register (decimal system: 0-10), and the mean is calculated at the end of the year
  • non-blocking Exam
    Экзамен проводится в письменной форме с синхронным прокторингом в системе MSTeams. Экзамен проводится на платформе SmartLMS. К экзамену необходимо подключиться за 5 минут до начала. Для участия в экзамене студент обязан: заранее зайти d MSTeams, включить камеру, микрофон, подключиться к SmartLMS, приступить к выполнению заданий. Во время экзамена студентам запрещено: общаться (в социальных сетях, с людьми в комнате), списывать, передавать свой вариант экзамена другим людям для его выполнения, пользоваться учебниками и записями. Во время экзамена студентам разрешено печатать ответ в соответствующем окне. Кратковременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи до 10 минут. Долговременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается прерывание связи 10 минут и более. При долговременном нарушении связи студент не может продолжить участие в экзамене. Процедура пересдачи аналогична процедуре сдачи.
  • non-blocking Online
  • non-blocking Productive
    The grade for productive tasks is calculated as the mean of the 12 task marks (one oral and one written task within each unit) О productive = Ʃ О productive i /n (n=12). If a student refuses to perform oral tasks or hand in written tasks to the deadlines stipulated by the teacher, the student obtains 0 points. Exceptions cover special circumstances, of which the teacher should be informed beforehand. All decisions about rearranging the deadlines are settled on an individual basis by the teacher and the student. Should it be required, the academic manager or/and the Head of the academic office may take part in the decision making process. In this case, deadline extension can be no longer than two weeks. Written papers are awarded a “0” in the following cases: - violation of the deadline; - cheating and copying from another student; - plagiarism (originality < 80%).
  • non-blocking Test
    The grade for tests is calculated as the mean of the 6 tests (one after covering each unit): О test = Ʃ О test i /n (n=6).
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.25 * Auditory + 0.3 * Exam + 0.1 * Online + 0.2 * Productive + 0.15 * Test


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Поплавская Т. В., Сысоева Т. А. - АНГЛИЙСКИЙ ЯЗЫК. ПРОБЛЕМЫ КОММУНИКАЦИИ. Учебное пособие для вузов - М.:Издательство Юрайт - 2019 - 175с. - ISBN: 978-5-534-07461-1 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЮРАЙТ - URL: https://urait.ru/book/angliyskiy-yazyk-problemy-kommunikacii-442210

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bowell, T., Cowan, R., & Kemp, G. (2020). Critical Thinking : A Concise Guide (Vol. Fifth edition). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2240045