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2021/2022

How to argue in English

Type: Mago-Lego
Delivered by: School of Linguistics
When: 3, 4 module
Open to: students of all HSE University campuses
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

"How to argue in English" is a course for 1st-year Master’s students of HSE. It is a Magolego Elective Course where the students learn how to participate in discussions and write argumentative essays in English. Students enrolled in the course have to cope with four tasks before and in class: - they watch video materials and go over the reading materials that their instructor sends to them a week before the class, noting both the points made, strategies applied, and the vocabulary/grammar used in those materials; - they form their own opinions about the subject matter that was discussed and prepare some arguments and/or cases for the development of their opinions in class; - they make a 10-minute speech in favour or against the motion announced for the class, if they act as panelists in class, OR they pose questions or contribute comments asking one particular panelist, one panel (for or against), or to all panelists to give a short answer (two or three of those); - and they produce written expression of the position in the subject area of the motion (in three situations – if they stay away from a class, in their mid-term essay, and in their final examination).
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to familiarize students with the key aspects and specific tools of developing a debate in English
  • to help them develop effective strategies for organizing their argument in the form of a monologue
  • to apply appropriate language and means of discourse for an academic, business or media environment
  • to apply appropriate language and means of discourse for an academic, business or media environment
  • to advance their written competence in argument development
  • to improve critical thinking and reasoning skills
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The students discuss the topic in focus applying the key principles of argumentation learned before.
  • The students reproduce the rules of future discussion and the key principles of writing an argumentative essay.
  • The students write an argumentative essay on a topical area in focus.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • 1. Introduction to the course. Debating formats. Debating techniques. What to focus on in preparation. Organising your speech for the debate in class. Principles of writing an argumentative essay.
  • Debate on the motion: "It is possible to get decent higher education outside of the official university system".
  • Seminar on argumentation strategies.
  • Debate on the motion: "In the 21st century, international leadership is becoming more important than nationalism".
  • Debate on the motion: "Fake news from social media exercise greater influence on people’s minds than the truth from official sources of information".
  • Seminar on how to be persuasive.
  • Debate on the motion: "Ecological crisis is an unavoidable consequence of modern capitalism".
  • Seminar on logical fallacies
  • Mid-term essay.
  • Debate on the motion: "Identity politics leads to unjustified compensations for some population groups".
  • Debate on the motion: "It is the governments’ responsibility to ensure that health-span keeps pace with life-span".
  • Seminar on how to be persuasive (part 2)
  • Debate on the motion: "Research findings make gender stereotyping obsolete in modern society".
  • Debate on the motion: "The unprecedented concentration of power in the hands of tech giants is a grave threat to democracy".
  • Debate on the motion: "The sharing economy is the desirable future for many people".
  • Debate on the motion: "Instead of spending money on space exploration, we should concentrate resources on making life on earth better".
  • Debate on the motion: "The United Nations’ goal is to solve long-term problems around the world often not addressed by shorter-term policies of some individual countries".
  • Examination
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • blocking Exam essay
  • non-blocking Mid-term essay (реферат)
  • non-blocking Home assignments
  • non-blocking Participation in the debate
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.35 * Exam essay + 0.15 * Home assignments + 0.2 * Mid-term essay (реферат) + 0.3 * Participation in the debate
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Longman business English skills: meetings and discussions, O'Driscoll, N., 1997

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Гаврилов А. Н., Даниленко Л. П. - АНГЛИЙСКИЙ ЯЗЫК. РАЗГОВОРНАЯ РЕЧЬ. MODERN AMERICAN ENGLISH. COMMUNICATION GAMBITS 2-е изд., испр. и доп. Учебник и практикум для вузов - М.:Издательство Юрайт - 2019 - 129с. - ISBN: 978-5-534-09168-7 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЮРАЙТ - URL: https://urait.ru/book/angliyskiy-yazyk-razgovornaya-rech-modern-american-english-communication-gambits-427335
  • Чикилева Л. С. - АНГЛИЙСКИЙ ЯЗЫК ДЛЯ ПУБЛИЧНЫХ ВЫСТУПЛЕНИЙ (B1-B2). ENGLISH FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING 2-е изд., испр. и доп. Учебное пособие для бакалавриата и магистратуры - М.:Издательство Юрайт - 2019 - 167с. - ISBN: 978-5-534-08043-8 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЮРАЙТ - URL: https://urait.ru/book/angliyskiy-yazyk-dlya-publichnyh-vystupleniy-b1-b2-english-for-public-speaking-434097
  • Якушева И. В., Демченкова О. А. - АНГЛИЙСКИЙ ЯЗЫК (B1). INTRODUCTION INTO PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH 3-е изд., испр. и доп. Учебник и практикум для академического бакалавриата - М.:Издательство Юрайт - 2019 - 148с. - ISBN: 978-5-534-07026-2 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЮРАЙТ - URL: https://urait.ru/book/delovoy-angliyskiy-yazyk-introduction-into-professional-english-433852