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Master 2020/2021

Speech Culture of the First Foreign Language

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Area of studies: Linguistics
When: 2 year, 1-3 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Open to: students of one campus
Master’s programme: Иностранные языки и межкультурная коммуникация
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6

Course Syllabus


Целью освоения дисциплины является совершенствование у студентов умений и навыков устной и письменной коммуникации на иностранном языке, развитие навыков восприятия и анализа информации в процессе работы с аутентичными текстами по наиболее актуальным проблемам современного мира. Дисциплина подразделяется внутри на несколько аспектов: Aspect: English Communication Perspectives (Levels 1 and 2) The course is aimed at developing and refining speaking and writing skills when communicating in English with a special emphasis on using up-to-date vocabulary and following current trends in the use of grammar. It is also supposed to develop the skills of processing and analyzing information when working with authentic texts (academic papers, newspaper and magazine articles, TED Talks) covering a wide range of socially and culturally relevant topics revolving around the issue of social inclusion. The course develops both language and critical thinking skills, as the students are required to collect, analyze and discuss materials on a number of trendy and highly controversial topics (inclusive education, body positivity, animal rights, etc.). Aspect: Academic Discourse The course is meant to develop and refine communication skills in professional linguistic settings. The students are taught the conventions of communication adopted in the linguistic community, master the main strategies and tactics of professional communication, enhance their speaking and writing skills working with texts on linguistics (encyclopedic articles, academic papers, monographs, oral presentations and lectures, etc.). Of particular relevance is mastering general academic vocabulary and academic clichés, as well as specialist linguistic terminology. The students are also supposed to familiarize themselves with the current trends in the use of grammatical forms and syntactic structures. Within the course, the students are taught to review academic texts, write abstracts and papers of their own and develop their rendering and presentation skills. Одновременно с основным курсом изучается онлайн курс.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The learning objectives are as follows: to further develop the students’ critical thinking skills through selection, analysis and discussion of materials within the framework of the course; to enhance general speaking skills, to expand and improve speaking and writing vocabulary; to further develop translation and rendering skills.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The students are supposed to demonstrate an increased ability to understand the issues underlying social problems
  • The students are expected to develop their ability to explain an issue comprehensively;
  • The students are to employ evidence from different sources in conducting an analysis of an issue
  • The students should be able to describe their perspectives on the issues under consideration
  • The students are supposed to enhance their skills of constructing logically sound and well-reasoned arguments
  • The students are expected to employ specialist vocabulary in oral and written speech
  • The students are supposed to refine their skills of rendering original articles from Russian into English with the use of course vocabulary
  • The students shoud master the skill of conducting debates on the issues under study.
  • The students are supposed to develop their debate skills
  • The students are supposed to enlarge their specialist vocabulary and employ it in communication
  • The students are expected to develop their data research skills and presentation skills
  • The students are expetced to employ their knowledge of language theory in discussing social issues
  • The students should develop their critical thinking skills
  • The students are expected to develop their data search and presenation skills
  • The students are expected to develop and refine their critical thinking skills
  • The students are supposed to refine their debate skills
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Inclusive Society: A Vision of the future
  • Disability Inclusion
  • Challenges of Inclusive Education
  • Immigrant Inclusion: Issues and Debates
  • Social Inclusion and Language Rights
  • Say No to Ageism
  • Gender Equality: Should Anatomy Be Destiny?
  • Body Positivity: Embracing Physical Diversity
  • Animal Rights in an Inclusive Society
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking home assignment
  • non-blocking presentation
  • non-blocking debate
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.2 * debate + 0.4 * home assignment + 0.4 * presentation
  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.2 * debate + 0.2 * home assignment + 0.4 * Interim assessment (1 module) + 0.2 * presentation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • American immigration after 1996 : the shifting ground of political inclusion, Arnold, K. R., 2011
  • Best inclusion practices : LGBT diversity, Alonso, M., Schimel, L., 2013
  • Changing paths : international development and the new politics of inclusion, Houtzager, P. P., 2005
  • Community and Neighbour Mediation, Liebmann, M., 1998
  • Inclusive education, politics and policymaking, Liasidou, A., 2012
  • Language rights : from free speech to linguistic governance, Pupavac, V., 2012
  • Migration and insecurity : citizenship and social inclusion in a transnational era, Steiner, N., 2013
  • Politics of inclusion : castes, minorities, and affirmative action, Hasan, Z., 2011
  • Psychology for inclusive education : new directions in theory and practice, Hick, P., 2009
  • Social inclusion : possibilities and tensions, Askonas, P., 2000
  • Social indicators : the EU and social inclusion, Atkinson, T., Cantillon, B., 2002
  • Zoopolis : a political theory of animal rights, Donaldson, S., Kymlicka, W., 2011

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Inclusion and exclusion in local governance : field studies from rural India, Baviskar, B. S., 2009
  • Mental health and social space : towards inclusionary geographies?, Parr, H., 2008
  • Parenting and inclusive education : discovering difference, experiencing difficulty, Rogers, C., 2007