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Bachelor 2021/2022

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

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Area of studies: Linguistics
When: 1 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 17

### 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

• be able to demonstrate the understanding of basic phenomena in segmental and suprasegmental phonetics, required to form pronunciation skills
• 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 grammatical structures to produce a descriptive monologue
• be able to use target vocabulary items to produce a descriptive monologue
• be able to write a formal email
• know the main types of listening and the strategies specific to different listening types
• know the main types of reading and the strategies specific to different reading types
• know the strategies for listening for gist and listening for specific information
• know the strategies for survey, skim and scan reading
• know the strategies of taking notes to develop note-taking skills
• know the types of dictionaries (collocation dictionaries, dictionaries of synonyms and antonyms, phraseology dictionaries) and their importance in a learning process
• 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

#### 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
• Unit 3. Practical Grammar. Modal Verbs. Oblique Moods. Noun.
• Topic 5. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Phonetics. Phonostylistic differentiation of oral discourse.
• Topic 1. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Phonetics. Introductory-correction course.
• Topic 3. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Phonetics. Word stress. Syllable division.
• Unit 2. Practical Grammar. None-finite Verbs.
• Unit 4. Practical Grammar. Article. Adjective. Pronoun.
• Topic 2. Practical course of the first foreign language (1st year). Phonetics. Articulation of English vowels and consonants.

#### Assessment Elements

• Exam Grammar
The examination in Practical Grammar in Module 2 will be held in LMS. To do this, students need to have access to the site https://lms.hse.ru/, as well as a login and a password to enter. Headphones and a microphone are not required. Students can enter the platform well in advance, but the assignments must be started at the set time. Students, who start the test earlier than the specified time, causing the system to crash, will receive 0 points for the whole test. If during the writing of the test, the Internet does not work for some time, the student continues the test until the connection is restored. If the connection does not resume, the student takes screenshots of their answers, written in the absence of Internet connection, and sends them to the teacher. If the answers for the task on translation overlap for 80% or more among different students of one group, 0 points are awarded for this task to all the students who have such a coincidence. Any applications sent after the end of the test writing time will not be accepted.
• 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. The Exam Grade is rounded down from 0.1 to 0.5 and up from 0.6. Thus, 2.5 is rounded to 2.0; 2.6 – to 3.0
• 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/at home is comprised by the following constituent parts: attendance, active classroom participation, self-study activities. Each class you receive +/- for each constituent part. The number of pluses is calculated and then the following formula is applied: О CW = О cumulative * 9/О max. points. The maximum grade for this type of assessment is 9. You may earn 1extra point if you complete >90% of Smart LMS activities. Thus, you may receive 10 as the final grade for this type of assessment. If a seminar is held online, active classroom participation is graded under the condition that the student keeps their camera on. 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; If a seminar is held online, quizzes are graded graded under the condition that the student keeps their camera on. 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; If a seminar is held online, speaking and writing activities are graded graded under the condition that the student keeps their camera on. 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. If a seminar is held online, final tests are graded graded under the condition that the student keeps their camera on. Only the Current Grade is subject to rounding. It is rounded down from 0.1 to 0.5 and up from 0.6. Thus, 2.5 is rounded to 2.0; 2.6 – to 3.0

#### Interim Assessment

• 2021/2022 1st module
• 2021/2022 2nd module
0.3 * Exam Grammar + 0.25 * Grammar + 0.2 * Phonetics + 0.25 * Practice of Speech
• 2021/2022 3rd module
0.3 * Exam Practice of Speech + 0.25 * Grammar + 0.2 * Phonetics + 0.25 * Practice of Speech
• 2021/2022 4th module
0.3 * Exam Phonetics + 0.25 * Grammar + 0.2 * Phonetics + 0.25 * Practice of Speech
• 2022/2023 1st module
• 2022/2023 2nd module

#### 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., 2007