HVD118 English Speaking Countries

Code HVD118
Name English Speaking Countries
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice; Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Academic staff Oksana Ivanova, Jūlija Kučerova, Irina Liokumoviča, Olga Salfetņikova, Tatjana Hramova, Ņina Karagodina
Credit points 4.0 (6.0 ECTS)
Parts 2
Annotation Geography, history, culture, traditions, holidays, political and economic situation, applied information on customs and way of life in the USA and UK are covered within the framework of the course. Students complete oral and written tasks. Students work individually, in pairs, in groups, present their achievements to their colleagues. Regular work with different tasks; individual, independent work with the textbooks; analysis of the new material. Students discuss situations in any sphere of life, compare processes and problems in the USA, Europe and Latvia. Discussions, reports and essays on the course topics. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aim of the course is to develop students’ knowledge about the US and UK geography, history, natural resources, economics, population, culture acquired at a secondary educational establishment. The objectives of the course: 1) to develop students’ factual, social, and cultural knowledge on the basis of the existing knowledge; 2) to develop students’ cultural awareness; 3) to improve students’ ability to view the processes and problems in a particular country in context with the same phenomena all over the world; 4) to develop students’ competence to present orally and in writing the acquired information on English speaking countries.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to identify and compare topical issues and cultural differences in historical, geographical, social, ecological, etc. spheres of life in USA, UK and Latvia. - Assessment: tests, independent work, exam Evaluation: tests – tested/not tested, exam – according to 10 grade scale
Students are able to discuss and explain contemporary social relationships in a respective English speaking country in context with the same phenomena in Latvia and the rest of the world. - Assessment: tests, exam
Students are able to select necessary information, develop a report, summarize and demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired during the course. - Assessment: independent work, report, presentation, exam. Evaluation: report – presentation (orally and in writing), mark acc. to 10 grade scale
Course prerequisites Knowledge about the US and UK geography, history, economics, and culture acquired at a secondary educational establishment.

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