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History and Methodology of Linguistic Science

The objectives of the discipline are to acquaint students with the history of linguistic thought from ancient times to the present day, to familiarize the students with problems and methods of linguistics, to present the main trends in Russian and foreign linguistics.

Pedagogy and Psychology of Higher School

University Teaching is an introductory course in teaching and learning in tertiary education. With input from instructors, guests and interviewees, including teaching award winners, students, and experts in the fields, you will be exposed to research evidence in relation to effective university teaching and practical instructional design strategies. You will also be exposed to multiple examples of effective teaching, and hear the views of teachers whose teaching has been judged to be excellent.

General Linguistics

The discipline is aimed at revealing the most important aspects and properties of language, presenting the latest linguistic trends, explaining linguistic facts and singling out general and specific features of the languages ​​of the world.

English for the Current Social Agenda                                                                  

The objectives of the course are: to familiarize the students with the current social inclusion agenda (the concept of social inclusion, disability inclusion, inclusive education, immigrant inclusion, language rights of minorities, etc.); to equip the students with the most up-to-date, trendy vocabulary used in speaking about contemporary concerns; to strengthen their analytical ability; to develop critical thinking skills; to refine discussion skills; to increase competence in reading, listening and speaking.

Second Foreign Language (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
For the entry level: The main goal of the course is to form a foreign language communicative competence not lower than level A1 (basic level) (according to the Common European Framework of Reference), which involves understanding and using familiar phrases and expressions in speech necessary to perform specific tasks (introduce yourself and introduce others, the ability to ask questions and answer questions about the place of residence, acquaintances, place of residence, etc.), the ability to participate in a simple conversation on everyday topics.
For an advanced level: The main goal of the course is the formation of a foreign language communicative competence of at least B1 (advanced level) (according to the Common European Framework of Reference), which assumes an understanding of the main ideas of clear messages made in a literary language on various topics that typically arise at work, study, leisure, etc., the ability to communicate in situations that may arise during a stay in the country of the target language, the ability to compose a coherent message on known or interesting topics, the ability to describe impressions, events, hopes, aspirations, to state and substantiate your opinion and plans for the future.

Text: Creating, Interpreting and Editing
The purpose of the course is to teach students the skills of writing texts of various functional orientations, the formation of the ability to edit, improve texts not only within the framework of professional topics, but also for placement in the public domain. In the learning process, the main emphasis is supposed to be made on the practice of working with text materials, which will allow methods of collection, assessment and adequate perception of information and its presentation in the required format.

Foreign Language Teaching to Younger and Adult Learners in Different Contexts (Major for the track 'Foreign Language Teaching')
The course is designed to enhance students' knowledge of the theory of teaching foreign languages in various contexts and skills of putting the obtained knowledge into practice. An in-depth look is taken into Russian federal standards and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), approaches to teaching foreign languages, course and lesson planning, materials design, and assessment. Special attention is paid at how to diversify students' teaching equipment depending on the educational context, including learners' proficiency level, learner's needs and tools of assessment of learners' achievements.

Pragmatics of Intercultural Communication
The course explores such issues as the communication theory of identity, psychological identity is dwelt upon through the lens of Hall's theory of "cultural grammar" and Hofstede's theory of cultural dimensions. The course reveals the approaches to the classification of business cultures by Lewis and the analysis of organizational culture on the basis of the classification of cultures by Schein and Trompenaars. The issues of overcoming intercultural conflicts are considered. Emphasis is placed on the stages and processes of intercultural competence development. Particular attention is paid to the methods of communication research.

English-Speaking Countries after World War II
Designed to encourage language skills and critical thinking, the course invites students to learn about and reflect on important aspects of the history, culture, and language of English-speaking countries since 1945. Students are exposed to various materials including primary sources, analytical essays, interviews, and films and encourage to evaluate and interpret those materials and draw their own conclusions about historic, political, social, economic, and cultural phenomena of the countries both in the regional and worldwide contexts.

English Literature since 1950s
The course explores the world of contemporary literature in English from the 1950s through the present day. Emphasis is placed on the literary analysis, reflection, and critical appreciation of the selected literary works. The writers' list includes J.K. Rowling, J. Eugenides, Ch.N. Adichie, etc.

British and American Cinema, Radio and Television
The course covers the history, content, and language of the cinema, radio, and television in the UK and the USA. Emphasis is placed on the analysis, interpretation and critical appreciation of films and radio and TV programs in order to discover what impact they have upon forming British and American national, cultural and language identities.

Language and Culture (Second Foreign Language)
The main objectives of the course include generalization and systematization of students' knowledge about geography, population, history, economics, political life, education, culture, traditions and customs of Germany / Spain / Italy and other German / Roman-speaking countries, as well as acquaintance of students with linguistic and regional realities the country of the target language for the purpose of their further application in communication situations and in professional activity.

ICT in Teaching Foreign Languages 
This course aims at the development of future language teachers’ ICT competence in accordance with the European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigCompEdu) as well as the Education Standard of HSE 45.04.02 in Linguistics. Weekly input sessions will familiarise students with the foundations of teaching languages with the use of technologies, while regular home assignments will equip them with a set of practical skills needed for effective technology-enfaced and online language instruction. At the end of the course, students will get the opportunity to apply all the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the period of study to practice while teaching and peer-reviewing an online language focus lesson of English.

Foreign Language Assessment
This discipline is devoted to the theory, development and practice of using assessment tools as tools for language control. Particular attention is paid to foreign language exams in the format of the Unified State Examination.

Modelling of Intercultural Dialogue  
The course is aimed to explore the following issues: cultural diversity as a global factor of communication; intercultural dialogue as a social and cultural phenomenon; types and models of the intercultural dialogue; capacity-building for engaging in the intercultural dialogue; tolerance as the basic principle in the intercultural dialogue modelling; the intercultural dialogue ethics; education and training for the intercultural dialogue efficiency.
Intercultural Mediation
The concept of intercultural mediation is dwelt upon in multiple ways. The course focuses on the issues of linguacultural brokerage, translating the scapes, double coding and double dealing, conflict third-party mediation, intercultural ethics as mediation, pragmatics of politeness, arts and tourism as mediators, cross-cultural hermeneutics, to name but a few.

Research Seminar "Current Research Agenda in Modern Linguistics, Language Teaching, Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication"
The research seminar encompasses subseminars focused on students' speicalizations in intercultural communication, foreign language teaching, translation and interpreting, intercultural communication and linguistic research trends and methodologies.