HVD156 Fundamentals of Written Speech

Code HVD156
Name Fundamentals of Written Speech
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice; Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Academic staff Larisa Iļinska, Oksana Ivanova, Anita Eiholca, Aija Veldruma, Tatjana Hramova, Edvards Gabarajevs, Džefrijs Č Grīnvalds
Credit points 4.0 (6.0 ECTS)
Parts 2
Annotation This course provides an introduction to writing clear, accurate messages and to understanding basic writing strategies. It is designed to help students to be more proficient at the kind of writing they need to do. This course will acquaint students with some typical techniques used for effective writing and will give them practice in writing various kinds of business letters, reports, summaries, reviews, abstracts and essays. Students will master vocabulary and terminology of business correspondence..
Practical classes at which different types of letters, pieces of academic writing are analyzed, new vocabulary is mastered, writing and translating skills are developed. A short introduction into different types of business letters is given. Both individual and group work is implemented. Independent work of students is encouraged. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
Aims of the course: 1. to master and improve skills in writing and translating business documents; 2. to prepare students for the 3rd year term paper writing. Objectives of the course: 1. to develop competence to organize communication logically and use appropriate tenor and mode of language; 2. to master vocabulary and grammar used in business correspondence; 3. to develop academic writing skills.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to integrate differences between various words and terms and logically use them in respective types of writing. - Are able to use business correspondence lexis appropriately, to apply punctuation marks correctly.
Students are able to effectively apply appropriate functional style in respective type of writing. - Assessment: 4 tests (annotations, essays, reports, reviews, business letters), exam.
Students are able to translate different business correspondence phrases and clichés. - Evaluation: tests (3-4 business letters, 30 phrases to translate, 10 theoretical questions) – tested/not tested; exam – mark according to 10 grade scale
Students are able to differentiate and creatively relate business letter writing and academic writing skills acquired within the framework of the course. - Assessment: 4 tests (annotations, essays, reports, reviews, business letters), exam.
Course prerequisites English language skills at B2 level according to CEFR

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