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English for General Academic Purposes. Advanced Course - 3

Type: Optional course
When: 1-3 module
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Воронцова-Менало Анна Сергеевна, Митенкова Марина Васильевна, Воронцова-Менало Анна Сергеевна, Пушкина Юлия Алексеевна, Marina Antonova, Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Borzova, Red Bushetara, Victoria Kosheleva, Alla Vladimirovna Loseva, Yana Postnikova, Elena Shustova, Elizaveta Zanozina, Леонова Екатерина Юрьевна, Першина Дарья Станиславовна, Леонова Екатерина Юрьевна, Першина Дарья Станиславовна
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 52

Course Syllabus


«English for General Academic Purposes. Advanced Course 3» for the 2nd year HSE University students is designed to develop foreign-language communicative, integrated academic, and critical thinking skills. The syllabus is based on the following documents: "Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessments of Students at the National Research University Higher School of Economics" and "Concept of Development of English-language Communicative Competence of HSE Students". Every student has slightly different needs, depending on their chosen discipline, cultural background, and other factors. However, the primary skills, tasks, and academic language are common to most disciplines and are relevant to the needs of most students preparing to study English at the university level. The course focuses on key tasks relevant to all university students, such as reading academic texts, taking notes on lectures, writing reviews, participating in academic discussions, etc. The course is designed to equip advanced level English learners with the reading, writing, and oral communication skills necessary to succeed in courses at university. The blended instructional model provides students with an inspiring collection of extensive authentic content. There are no blocking points of assessment.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to improve students' ability to read and understand journal articles, texts, lectures from different perspectives
  • to increase students' comprehension of spoken and written academic English
  • to strengthen students' speaking and writing skills
  • to systematically and progressively develop students’ academic skills, language, and critical thinking
  • to provide the material for students to revise, consolidate and extend their command of English grammar and vocabulary
  • to develop students’ reading skills to enable them to skim texts for the main idea, scan texts for specific information, interpret texts for inferences, attitudes, and styles, and deduce meanings from the context
  • to develop students’ listening skills to enable them to understand and apply specific information from the input
  • to develop students’ general capacity to a level that enables them to use English in their professional and academic environment, granted that they are provided with the specific notions and vocabulary in the course of their studies
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • to interact with other speakers flawlessly and efficiently
  • to know and use advanced academic vocabulary
  • to use EGAP flexibly and effectively
  • to link multiple sources to produce a cohesive book/article/documentary/literature review
  • to express oneself in the foreign language fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions
  • to produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Bioethics
  • Business and design
  • Zoology
  • History
  • Chemical engineering
  • Assessment: grades and formula
  • Samples of Assessment Materials
  • Examples of Assessment Materials. Reading
  • Examples of Assessment Materials: Listening, Speaking, Writing
  • Resources
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Written assessment
    Written assessment Writing includes the following: summary content and structure (patterns of organization, paragraphing, topic sentence and supporting ideas, coherence and cohesion, punctuation, quoting and referencing, avoiding plagiarism), review structure and content, preliminary thesis formulation, research question development, quizzes and tests. - functions (generalization, definitions, exemplification, classification, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, process and procedure, interpretation of data). - style (passive constructions, avoiding verbosity) - punctuation.
  • non-blocking Oral assessment
    Speaking includes the following: seminar skills (agreeing and disagreeing, clarifying, questioning, persuading, emphasizing, concluding, interrupting; evaluating ideas and actions, presenting solutions, recommending action, comparing and contrasting, probability and possibility, cause and effect, criticizing). - presentation skills (introductions and stating the purpose, signposting, creating interest and involving audience, using rhetorical questions, emphasizing and highlighting key points, preparing the audience for visuals, summaries, conclusions and closing courtesies; body language and non-verbal communication), monologues, dialogues, discussions.
  • non-blocking Independent work assessment
    Independent work includes activities that students do at home, in the classroom and online. The elements of independent work cannot be retaken. Reading tests include: skimming, scanning, detailed reading, understanding text organization, recognizing argument and counter-argument; distinguishing between main information and supporting detail, fact and opinion, hypothesis versus evidence; summarizing and note-taking; listening tests include: general comprehension (listening for gist, listening for detailed information, recognizing relevant/irrelevant information, signposting and importance markers, recognizing sentence connections: reference, addition, contrast, cause and effect, listing; evaluating the importance of information). - lectures (identifying the topic and main themes, identifying relationships among major ideas, comprehending key information, identifying supporting ideas and examples, retaining information through note-taking, retrieving information from notes, inferring relationships between information supplied in a lecture, taking efficient notes from a lecture); vocabulary and grammar tests.
  • non-blocking Final Assessment
    Final Assessment, module 3 Period of Final Assessment: the final exam is held in class within 10 days before the exam period. The release of examination papers: during the session. The exam consists of 3 parts: Listening (30%), Reading (30%) and Writing (40%) respectively in the total mark for the exam. 0 points in case of cheating. The actual scores for Reading and Listening are turned into percentages which are tuned into a final mark out of 10 points. Grading scale: 10 = 100 - 96%, 9 = 95 - 91%, 8 = 90 - 86%, 7 = 85 - 78%, 6 = 77 - 71%, 5 = 70 - 61%, 4 = 60 - 51%, 3 = 50 - 36%, 2 = 35 - 21, 1 = 20 - 1 %, 0 = 0%. Writing is checked against the criteria. Exam structure: 1. Listening (L) Listen to the text and complete the tasks 1-10. max. 10 points 2. Reading (R) Read the text and complete the tasks 1-10. max. 10 points 3. Writing (W) Write a review/report. Grading formula: L*0,3+R*0,3 +W*0,4 = 10
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 3rd module
    0.25 * Independent work assessment + 0.3 * Final Assessment + 0.25 * Written assessment + 0.2 * Oral assessment


Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Advanced English C.A.E., O'Connell, S., 2000
  • Advanced Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises with answers, VII, 135 p., Haines, S., Nettle, M., Hewings, M., 2007
  • Advanced Grammar in Use, a self-study reference and practice book for advanced learners of English with answers, 2nd ed., 294 p., Hewings, M., 2005
  • Advanced Learner's Grammar, a self-study reference & practice book with answers, 384 p., Foley, M., Hall, D., 2004
  • Advanced Learner's, english dictionary, Collins Cobuild, 4th ed., 1712 p., , 2003