HVD230 The English Language

Code HVD230
Name The English Language
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice; Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Languages
Academic staff Diāna Rūpniece, Ludmila Derkača, Zoja Dombrovska, Jūlija Kuzņecova, Jūlija Kučerova, Irina Liokumoviča, Irina Makarova, Antra Roskoša, Tatjana Smirnova, Zane Seņko, Oksana Ivanova, Anastasija Žiravecka, Jeļena Tretjakova, Alīna Nidagundi, Tatjana Hramova, Inese Kočote, Edvards Gabarajevs, Jeļena Sakizči, Tatjana Hovanska
Credit points 1.0 (1.5 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The subject complements the foreign language course within the framework of academic bachelor program..
Speaking, writing, reading and listening skills are developed and improved on the basis of texts in the special field, paying particular attention to the study and practical application of terminology, communicative models, and lexical and grammatical structures of the written language. .
Reading skills and competences are developed by reading texts in the special field, as well as improving various reading strategies and the ability to evaluate and analyze the information perceived. .
Listening skills and competences are developed by listening to original oral texts. .
Speaking skills and competences are developed taking part in monologue and dialogue, discussion on topical issues, asking and answering questions, validating one’s point of view, etc, as well as delivering presentations. .
Writing skills and competences are developed by writing essays, reports, summaries of the texts read at the classes and independently..
All the texts for reading comprehension, writing and speaking topics are selected according to the study program taking into account the average level of language skills. The selected lexical and syntactic constructions typical of the technical language and language for specific purposes (LSP) are taught independently on the study program. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aim of the course is to continue developing four language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) at an advanced level, so that the students are able to take part in the discussion and express their point of view on any topic orally and in writing both in their professional field and popular scientific field; to prepare the students for the final exam at B2-C1 level according to CEFR
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to use complex, integrated methodology working with written and spoken texts, are able to analyze texts, tables, diagrams, graphs, select and comprehend relevant information. - To read, comprehend, and comment on text in the special field (3,000 pr. s.) in English in 40 mins. To complete tasks based on the text. Assessment according to 10-grade scale.
Students are able to work with data bases and professional resources in English (special application software, professional websites, etc). - The skills are evaluated at the practical classes. Evaluation: tested/not tested.
Students are able to use communicative skills in their professional area taking part in discussions, dialogues, delivering presentations. - Grammatical and lexical elements studied as well as speaking skills are assessed at the interview at the practical classes and exam (10-grade scale).
Students are able to use new vocabulary, professional terminology and jargon in various communicative situations (phone call, meeting, video conference, business correspondence, etc). - To complete orally and in writing vocabulary tasks on the issues studied during the semester. Home tasks are evaluated as tested/not tested. Assessment according to 10-grade scale at examination.
Students are able to differentiate between different writing styles, and are able to write essays, reports, summaries and references. - Students write various essays and other works both during semester and at the exam. Home tasks are evaluated as tested/not tested. Assessment according to 10-grade scale at examination.
Course prerequisites English language skills at B2 level according to CEFR

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