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Bachelor 2020/2021

Practical Course of the English Language: Grammar, Phonetics, Practice of Oral and Written Speech

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Area of studies: Linguistics
When: 1 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 14

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course “Practical Course of the English Language” is designed for the first-year students of the Undergaduate Programme “Foreign Languages and Cross-cultural Communication” and is comprised by three aspects:“Practice of Oral and Written Speech”, "Grammar" and "Phonetics". The main aim of the course is to develop students’ communicative competence in all skills and aspects at B2+/C1 levels, with the elements of C2 level, and prepare students to use English as a means of professional communication.

Learning Objectives

• The principle goal 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 development of foreign language communicative competence, including subcompetences: linguistic competence, sociolinguistic competence, discursive competence, strategic competence, sociocultural competence, social competence.

Expected Learning Outcomes

• know vocabulary items of B2+ and vocabulary items of C1, with the elements of C2 level used for the production of oral and written speech on the topics specified in the programme of the discipline
• know the criteria for the acquisition of the vocabulary items
• know the main types of listening and the strategies specific to different listening types
• know the strategies of taking notes to develop note-taking skills
• choose and use different reading strategies
• take part in the discussions on the topics related to the unit of the programme
• know the types of dictionaries (collocation dictionaries, dictionaries of synonyms and antonyms, phraseology dictionaries) and their importance in a learning process
• plan and organise reading and listening self-study activities
• know the features of a paragraph and essay organisation
• use target vocabulary items to produce oral and written speech on the topic
• know communicative strategies of participating in a discussion
• communicative strategies of presentation delivery
• establish rapport with the audience
• know the main types of reading and the strategies specific to different reading types
• to know the grammatical categories of the verb;
• to know the none verbal forms of the verb and their functions in a sentence;
• to differentiate the use of infinitive and gerund;
• to be able to use none-finite forms of the verbs in speech;
• to know the difference between modal verbs and other verbs;
• to express different attitudes by using modal verbs;
• to have the skills to choose and use various grammatical patterns and techniques in the translation from/to the native/target language to achieve the ultimate communicative effect considering the character of the translated text
• to have the skills to create oral and written discourse in the target language
• to have the skills to use different language means to achieve a communicative purpose
• be able to demonstrate the understanding of basic phenomena in segmental and suprasegmental phonetics, required to form pronunciation skills
• be able to demonstrate the understanding of phonetic systems of English and Russian
• be able to demonstrate the understanding of peculiarities of the articulatory basis of the English language compared with that of the Russian language
• be able to demonstrate the understanding of the articulatory features of English vowels and consonants, rules of word and sentence stress
• be able to demonstrate the understanding of basic intonation patterns of English and their functions
• be able to demonstrate the understanding of the rules of phonostylistic variation of phonetic means
• be able to demonstrate the ability to analyze oral texts in respect of phonetic phenomena and to transcribe them
• be able to demonstrate the ability to use phonetic means in combination with lexico-grammatical means to achieve communicative goals and verbal influence, involving professional communication
• be able to develop the ability to bring out and correct pronunciation mistakes in the flow of speech
• be able to expose skills of phonetically correct speaking according to the modern pronunciation standard
• be able to expose skills of reading and speaking in monologues and dialogues
• know the strategies for listening for gist and listening for specific information
• know the strategies for survey, skim and scan reading
• know main types of listening and the strategies specific to different listening types
• know main types of reading and the strategies specific to different reading types
• be able to plan and organise an outline for the production of a descriptive monologue
• be able to use discourse markers for the logical organisation of a descriptive monologue
• be able to use target vocabulary items to produce a descriptive monologue
• be able to write a formal email
• be able to use target grammatical structures to produce a descriptive monologue

Course Contents

• Topic 1. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Module: Practice of Speech. Education, learning and intelligence.
• Topic 2. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Practice of Speech. Medicine. Health and Fitness.
• Topic 3. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Practice of Speech. Changing cities. Architecture.
• Topic 4. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Practice of Speech. Our World: Environment, Globalisation, World Heritage.
• Topic 5. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Practice of Speech. Technology.
• Unit 1. Practical Grammar. Morphology. Finite Verbs. Tenses. Passive Voice
Tenses (Simple, Continuous, Perfect, Perfect Continuous).
• Unit 3. Practical Grammar. Modal Verbs. Oblique Moods. Noun.
Modal Verbs (Can, May, Must, Be, Have to, Ought to, Need, Should, Shall, Would, Will). Oblique Moods (Subjunctive, Conditional). Noun (Number, Gender, Case).
• Topic 5. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Phonetics. Phonostylistic differentiation of oral discourse.
Phonostylistic analysis of oral discourse. Development of phonetic reading skills. Development of phonetic speaking skills (in the form of monologue and dialogue). Colloquial phonetic style. Informational phonetic style.
• Topic 1. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Phonetics. Introductory-correction course.
Organs of speech and their functions. Vowels and consonants. Phonetic phenomena. Peculiarities of the articulatory basis of the English language. Breathing and articulatory exercises. Phonetic transcription. Intonation on the staves.
• Topic 3. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Phonetics. Word stress. Syllable division.
Rules of syllable division. Degrees of word stress. Placement of word stress. Word stress in compound words. Rhythm in English.
• Unit 2. Practical Grammar. None-finite Verbs.
None-finite Verbs (Infinitive, Gerund, Complex Subject, Complex Object, Participle I, Participle II, Gerundial and Half-gerundial Complexes).
• Unit 4. Practical Grammar. Article. Adjective. Pronoun.
Article (with Proper Names, Uncountable Nouns, Degree Words, Descriptive and Limiting Attributes). Adjective (Degrees of Comparison, Intensifiers of the Degrees, Substantivization). Pronoun (12 Classes).
• Topic 2. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Phonetics. Articulation of English vowels and consonants.
Pronunciation of vowels. Pronunciation of consonants. Aspiration. Assimilation. Reduction. Elision. Nasal plosion. Lateral plosion. Loss of plosion. Linking [r]. Sounds in connected speech. Developing pronunciation skills.

Assessment Elements

• Exam Grammar
• Exam Phonetics
Examples of Final Assessment: 1. Read the given joke; 2. Retell the given joke; 3. Dialogue by heart; 4. Reading sentences in accordance with the given intonation pattern. The final grade is calculated according to the formula: TG = O practice of speech * 0,25 + O grammar * 0,25 + O phonetics * 0,2 + O exam * 0,3
• Exam Practice of Speech
In Module 3, Practice of Speech examination is taken on the examination week. The exam consists of two parts. A written part includes a lexical test. There are 40 questions in the test. The grade is calculated according to the following scale: 40p. – 10; 38-39p. – 9; 35-37p. – 8; 32-34p. – 7; 29-31p. – 6; 25-28p. – 5; 20-24p. – 4;15-20p. – 3; 10-14p. – 2; 4-9p. – 1; 0-3p. –0. An oral part includes 3 tasks: monologues, questions and answers, discussions. Oral part includes monologues, 3 questions and answers, discussion. For monologue and questions/answers part students form pairs. For discussions students form groups of 4. The maximum points for each exam element is 10: Monologue – 10 points. Questions and answers – 9 points + 1 point for active vocabulary. Discussion – 10 points. The Exam Grade is calculated according to the following formula - G exam= (G lexical test + G monologue+G questions/answers+G discussion)/4.
• Grammar
The ongoing assessment in Grammar is calculated according to the formula: О = 0,2*Оtests + 0,2*Оcontact work + 0,1*ОLMS + 0,5*Оfinal test. The ongoing assessment (ОGrammar) is based on the following elements of control: 1) tests (О test = (О test 1 + О test 2 + …….) / О number of tests); 2) active contact work in class 3) tests in LMS; 4) final tests. At the end of each module the teacher indicates the date of deadline for checking the tests in LMS. If the tasks have not been completed by this date, the grades will be counted off, e.g. if a student got 7 out of 10-scale grading system but 5 compulsory tests were not done then the grade is 2 (7-5).
• Phonetics
The teacher assesses the students work during the classes: participation in dialogues and discussions, monologues and presentations, role-plays, written tasks fulfillment. The teacher assesses students independent work in terms of homework completion of extensive reading and listening tasks. The grades are recorded in the register (decimal system 0-10), and the mean is calculated at the end of the year – Oaccum. The accumulated grade for a module includes the result of the ongoing control in the following way: Oaccum= 0,8* Оaud+ 0.2* Оtest Where Oaud is calculated as a sum of all forms of the ongoing control provisioned in the GSP (General Study Plan) and carried out during the classes.
• Practice of Speech
The Current Grade in Practice of Speech is calculated according to the formula: О pr.o.sp. = 0,1*О contact work + 0,3*О quizzes + 0,3*О speaking/writing + 0,3*О final test 1. Contact work – student’s work in class comprised by the following constituent parts: attendance, active classroom participation, homework completion. The maximum grade for this type of assessment is 3. To calculate the final grade for this type of assessment a percentage formula is applied: О CW = О cumulative * 10/О max. points; 2. Quizzes – lexical or academic style tests which are aimed at controlling new knowledge and skills formation, timely correction of reaching strategies. The maximum grade for this type of assessment is 10. To calculate the final (cumulative) grade for this type of assessment the following formula is applied: О quizzes = (О quiz 1 + О quiz 2 + …….)/О total number; 3. Speaking and writing activities – monologues, debates, discussions, role-plays, round-table discussions, projects, written products. The maximum grade for this type of assessment is 10. To calculate the final (cumulative) grade for this type of assessment the following formula is applied: О speaking/writing = (О speaking 1 + О speaking 2 + …….)/О total number; 4. Final tests – the lexical test on the entire Unit. The maximum grade for this type of assessment is 10. To calculate the final (cumulative) grade for this type of assessment the following formula is applied: О test = (О final test 1 + О final test 2 + …….)/О total number.

Interim Assessment

• Interim assessment (2 module)
0.3 * Exam Grammar + 0.25 * Grammar + 0.2 * Phonetics + 0.25 * Practice of Speech
• Interim assessment (3 module)
0.3 * Exam Practice of Speech + 0.25 * Grammar + 0.2 * Phonetics + 0.25 * Practice of Speech
• Interim assessment (4 module)
0.3 * Exam Phonetics + 0.25 * Grammar + 0.2 * Phonetics + 0.25 * Practice of Speech

Recommended Core Bibliography

• Gussenhoven, C. (2004). The Phonology of Tone and Intonation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=164285
• New headway Academic skills: reading, writing, and study skills: level 3 : student's book, Philpot, S., Curnick, L., 2007