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Bachelor 2023/2024

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

Language: English
ECTS credits: 8
Contact hours: 154

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The “Practical Course of the English Language” is designed for the first and second-year students of the Undergraduate Programme “Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication” and aims at developing students’ English language communicative competence at B2+/С1 levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference. The course immerses students into the field of professional academic interaction focusing on skills and products relevant for successful university education performance. The course syllabus incorporates a wide range of academic input featuring up-to-date discussion topics and providing students with a variety of activities involving individual, group, and project contact and self-study work, receptive, productive, and integrated skills assignments, as well as SMART LMS training.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • enhance English pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar skills for university studies
  • develop effective listening, reading, and note-taking skills to work with different types of academic input
  • develop academic communication writing skills: emails, paragraphs, essays
  • develop academic communication speaking skills: self-presentation, academic talk, academic discussion
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To get awareness of the system of organs of speech and identify the functions of organs of speech
  • To describe peculiarities of the articulatory basis of the English language
  • To distinguish between texts of different genres and registers, between general and academic meaning, and between British and American vocabulary variations
  • To recognise and follow different types of academic listening input
  • To choose the most appropriate listening strategies and note-taking methods based on the listening purpose
  • To know grammatical phenomena in different types of academic input
  • To be able to adopt various reading strategies (skimming, scanning, identifying gist and differentiating details, inferring meaning from context, comprehending writer’s attitude)
  • To be able to paraphrase, summarise, and synthesise information from various types of texts using appropriate and diverse reporting verbs and phrases to write thesis statements
  • To understand and express different attitudes, emotions, opinions, and communication purposes in emails by analysing and using appropriate vocabulary and modal verbs
  • To present oneself in a way that leaves the desired image in accordance with socially and culturally accepted norms of action and behaviour
  • To structure an academic talk using relevant signposting phrases to facilitate organisation of speech and mark the progression of argumentation
  • To produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on different subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices avoiding logical fallacies
  • To conduct group discussions with audience awareness knowing the structure, purposes of an academic discussion, and speakers’ roles and to communicate opinions effectively relying on relevant arguments and evidence
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Section 3. Listening and Note-taking for University Studies
  • Section 4. Advanced Understanding of the English Tense System
  • Section 5. Reading for University Studies and Locating and Writing Thesis Statements
  • Section 6. Academic Communication Skills: University Interaction via Emails
  • Section 7. Intonation in Context
  • Section 8. Academic Communication Skills: Self-presentation
  • Section 9. Academic Communication Skills: Academic Talk
  • Section 10. Academic Communication Skills: from Paragraph to Essay
  • Section 11. Academic Communication Skills: Academic Discussion
  • Module 1. ‘The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Module 2. 'All artforms are in the service of the greatest of all arts: the art of living.’ Karl Marx
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Continuous Assessment
    Linguistic phenomena or academic style quizzes 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: G continuous assessment = (G c.a. 1 + G c.a. 2 + …….)/G total number.
  • non-blocking Academic Progress Assessment
    Student’s academic progress is comprised by the following constituent parts: active classroom participation, demonstration of critical and original thinking, homework completion. The maximum grade for this type of assessment is 3 (+/- system may be applied as well). To calculate the final grade for this type of assessment a percentage formula is applied: G academic progress = G cumulative * 10/G max. points.
  • non-blocking Smart LMS
    Smart LMS training includes extra tasks and practical exercises aimed at extending student learning beyond the classroom and checking knowledge acquisition and skills development progress. The maximum grade for this type of assessment is 100%, which is then converted to the 10-point scale using the percentage formula.
  • non-blocking Exam Module 2
    The examination is taken during the period of 10 days prior to an examination week in written format. The exam paper is based on the materials studied throughout all the Sections in Modules 1-2.
  • non-blocking Integrated Skills
    Integrated Skills assessment element consists of receptive activities such as listening and reading tasks as well as productive activities, such as speaking and writing tasks, which may include monologues, debates, discussions, projects, presentations, paragraphs, essays. 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: G integrated skills = (G task 1 + G task 2 + …….)/G total number.
  • non-blocking Exam Module 4
    The exam is taken on the examination week. It tests the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the whole academic year and includes receptive and productive tasks. The exam consists of written and oral parts. The written part includes a written product. The oral part includes a discussion task.
  • non-blocking Practice of Speech
    The Current Grade in Practice of Speech is calculated according to the formula: G pr.o.sp. = 0,1*G contact work + 0,3*G quizzes + 0,3*G speaking/writing + 0,3*G final test 1. Contact work – student’s work in class/at home is comprised by the following constituent parts: active classroom participation, demonstration of critical and original thinking, self-study activities. Each class you receive +/- for each constituent part. The number of pluses is calculated and then the following formula is applied: G CW = G cumulative * 9/G 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: G quizzes = (G quiz 1 + G quiz 2 + …….)/G 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: G speaking/writing = (G speaking 1 + G speaking 2 + …….)/G 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. If a seminar is held online, final tests are graded graded under the condition that the student keeps their camera on.
  • non-blocking Phonetics
  • non-blocking Grammar
    The Current Grade in Grammar is calculated according to the formula: G gr. = 0,25*G class work + 0,25*G LMS Tests + 0,5*G Intermediate tests 1. Class work - Student’s work is comprised by the following constituent parts: attendance, active classroom participation, home assignment. To calculate the final (cumulative) grade for this type of assessment, the following formula is applied: G class work = (G class 1 + Grade class 2...)/total number*33.3333333333333. 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. LMS tasks - online tests in LMS system. The students are given a list of tests that they need to do online asyncronically at their own pace for each module, and are informed about the deadlines. 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 for each module: G LMS tests M1/2 = (G lms test 1 + G lms test 2 + ...)/total number. Then, the average grade for 2 modules is calculated. The following formula is applied: G LMS Tests = (G LMS tests M1 + G LMS tests M2)/2. 3. Tests - grammar tests which are aimed at controlling new knowledge and skills formation, ability to apply the rules studied correctly. The maximum grade for this type of assessment is 10. There are 2 tests in Module 1 and 2 tests in Module 2. To calculate the final (cumulative) grade for this type of assessment the following formula is applied: G tests = (G test 1 + G test 2 + G test 3 + G test 4)/4. If a seminar is held online, tests are graded under the condition that the student keeps their camera on.
  • non-blocking Exam Module 3
    The examination is taken during the period of 10 days prior to an examination week in both written and oral formats. The written part includes writing an email, the oral part includes self-presentation and academic talk tasks.
  • non-blocking Independent Work Assessment
    Independent work assessment includes extra tasks and practical exercises aimed at extending student learning beyond the classroom and checking knowledge acquisition and skills development progress. The maximum grade for this type of assessment is 100%, which is then converted to the 10-point scale using the percentage formula.
  • non-blocking Language Systems
    Linguistic phenomena or academic style quizzes 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: G continuous assessment = (G c.a. 1 + G c.a. 2 + …….)/G total number
  • non-blocking Language Skills
    The assessment element consists of receptive activities such as listening and reading tasks as well as productive activities, such as speaking and writing tasks, which may include monologues, debates, discussions, projects, presentations, paragraphs, essays. 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: G integrated skills = (G task 1 + G task 2 + …….)/G total number.
  • non-blocking Exam Module 1
    The examination is taken during the period of 10 days prior to an examination week and includes productive activities tasks.
  • non-blocking Final Exam Module 2
    The examination is taken during the examination week in Module 2. The exam includes productive activities tasks. Constituent elements: informal (film, book, painting, song, restaurant, food, etc.) review (written in class) persuasive short talk (prepared and delivered in class) Part 1. Written - informal review Time limit: 50 minutes. Part 2. Oral - persuasive short talk Time limit: 30 minutes for preparation, 3 minutes for delivery. ASSESSMENT FORMULA: 0,5 REVIEW + 0.5 TALK
  • non-blocking Academic Progress
    Linguistic phenomena or academic style quizzes 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: G continuous assessment = (G c.a. 1 + G c.a. 2 + …….)/G total number.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 2nd module
    0.3 * Exam Module 2 + 0.125 * Integrated Skills + 0.05 * Academic Progress + 0.1 * Continuous Assessment + 0.075 * Smart LMS
  • 2022/2023 3rd module
    0.15 * Smart LMS + 0.25 * Integrated Skills + 0.3 * Exam Module 3 + 0.2 * Continuous Assessment + 0.1 * Academic Progress
  • 2022/2023 4th module
    0.3 * Exam Module 4 + 0.1 * Academic Progress + 0.2 * Continuous Assessment + 0.15 * Smart LMS + 0.25 * Integrated Skills
  • 2023/2024 1st module
    0.25 * Language Systems + 0.2 * Academic Progress Assessment + 0.25 * Exam Module 1 + 0.25 * Language Skills + 0.05 * Independent Work Assessment
  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.25 * Language Systems + 0.25 * Final Exam Module 2 + 0.05 * Independent Work Assessment + 0.2 * Academic Progress Assessment + 0.25 * Language Skills
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Strongman, L. (2013). Academic Writing. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=816736

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Academic project presentations. Student's workbook: Презентация научных проектов на английском языке : Учеб. пособие для вузов, Кузьменкова, Ю.Б., 2009