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2022/2023

English for General Academic Purposes. Upper-Intermediate Course – 3

Type: Optional course
When: 1-3 module
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 52

Course Syllabus

Abstract

"English for General Academic Purposes. Upper-Intermediate Course-3" for the 2nd year students is designed to develop foreign-language communicative, integrated, and critical thinking skills that are based on "Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessments of Students at 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 is focused on core tasks relevant to all students, such as working out the main points of an academic text or lecture (such as biology, economics, the humanities, and others). The course is designed to equip upper-intermediate level English learners with the reading, writing, and oral communication skills necessary to succeed in courses at the 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 English
  • to strengthen students' speaking and writing skills in a range of different disciplines
  • to systematically and progressively develop students’ academic skills, language, and critical thinking
  • to provide material for the students to revise, consolidate and extend their command of English grammar and vocabulary
  • to develop the students’ reading skills to enable them to skim the text for the main idea, to scan the text for specific information, to interpret the text for inferences, attitudes and styles, to deduce meanings from the context
  • to develop the students’ listening skills to enable them to understand and apply specific information from the input
  • to develop the students’ general capacity to the 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 express oneself 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
  • to interact with other speakers flawlessly and efficiently
  • to know and use advanced academic vocabulary
  • to link multiple sources to produce a cohesive book/article/documentary/literature review
  • to use EGAP flexibly and effectively
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Unit 1. Bioethics
  • Unit 2. Business and Design
  • Unit 3. Zoology
  • Unit 4. History
  • Unit 5. Chemical Engineering
  • Assessment: grades and formula
  • PRESENTATION ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
  • REVIEW ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
  • DIALOGUE ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
  • 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
    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. Grading formula: L*0,3+R*0,3 +W*0,4 = 10
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

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

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Achieve IELTS 1 : English for International Education, Intermediate - Upper Intermediate : Band 4.5 to 6 : Student's Book, 163 p., Harrison, L., Cushen, C., 2005
  • Achieve IELTS 1 : English for International Education, Intermediate - Upper Intermediate : Band 4.5 to 6 : Workbook, 100 p., Cushen, C., Hutchison, S., Harrison, L., 2005
  • Achieve IELTS 1 : English for International Education, Intermediate - Upper Intermediate : Class Audio CDs, 2 оптич. диска (CD-ROM), Harrison, L., Cushen, C., 2005
  • Achieve IELTS 1 : English for International Education, Intermediate - Upper Intermediate : Teacher's Book, 112 p., Harrison, L., Cushen, C., Hutchison, S., 2005
  • Achieve IELTS. English for international education : student's book: intermediate - upper intermediate, Harrison, L., 2005

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • CAE practice tests : for the revised Cambridge ESOL CAE Examination, Student's Book, 5th impression, 163 p., Obee, B., Evans, V., Dooley, J., 2019
  • Cambridge Academic English : An integrated skills course for EAP : Upper Intermediate, Student's Book, 178 p., Hewings, M., 2012
  • Cambridge Academic English : An integrated skills course for EAP : Upper Intermediate, Student's Book, Course consultant M. McCarthy, 5th ed., 176 p., Hewings, M., 2015
  • Cambridge Academic English : An integrated skills course for EAP : Upper Intermediate, Teacher's Book, 159 p., Sowton, C., Hewings, M., 2012
  • Cambridge Academic English : Upper Intermediate, An integrated skills course for EAP : Class Audio CD, Course consultant : M. McCarthy, 1 оптич. диск (Class Audio CD), Hewings, M., 2012
  • Cambridge Academic English : Upper Intermediate, An integrated skills course for EAR : DVD, Course consultant : M. McCarthy, 1 оптич. диск (DVD), Hewings, M., 2012
  • Cambridge Academic English : Upper Intermediate, an integrated skills course for EAR, 2 оптич. диска (Class Audio CD; DVD), Hewings, M., McCarthy, M., 2012
  • Cambridge academic English. An integrated skills course for EAP. Upper-intermediate [Электронный ..., Hewings M., 2012
  • Oxford grammar for EAP : english grammar and practice for academic purposes with answers, Paterson, K., 2013