VIA156 Translation and Comprehension of Professional Literature

Code VIA156
Name Translation and Comprehension of Professional Literature
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Academic staff Tatjana Smirnova, Antra Roskoša, Jūlija Kuzņecova, Jūlija Kučerova, Marina Platonova, Oksana Ivanova, Ņina Karagodina, Anita Eiholca, Inese Kočote, Alīna Vagele-Kricina
Credit points 8.0 (12.0 ECTS)
Parts 2
Annotation Students read and analyze different texts in the major in order to develop the following skills and competences: .
• Understanding meaning: deducing the meaning of unfamiliar words and word groups; relations within the sentence/complex sentences; implications - information not explicitly stated, conceptual meaning, e.g. comparison, purpose, cause, effect. .
• Understanding relationships in the text: - text structure; the communicative value of sentences; relations between the parts of a text through lexical and grammatical cohesion devices and indicators in discourse. .
• Understanding important points; distinguishing the main ideas from supporting detail; recognising unsupported claims and claims supported by evidence - fact from opinion; extracting salient points to summarise; following an argument; reading critically/evaluating the text. .
• Reading efficiently: surveying the text, chapter/article, paragraphs, skimming for gist/general impression; scanning to locate specifically required information; reading quickly. .
• Note taking..
• Summarizing. .
Discussions on the following subjects: fundamental principles of text analysis; text types; semantic, syntactic and lexical characteristics of professional texts; communicative function of the text; structure of the text; semantic and pragmatic features of the text; content structure of the text; comprehension and interpretation of the text; efficient reading and interpretation of informative, narrative and descriptive texts in the major in English. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aim of the course: To develop and improve reading, comprehension and interpretation skills while working with professional original texts of intermediate and advanced level in English identifying, solving and explaining problems of text comprehension. Objectives of the course: 1. To read and analyze informative, narrative and descriptive texts in the major in English, to discover stylistic, semantic and textual characteristics of the text. 2. To improve reading comprehension and text visualization techniques (skimming, scanning, mind mapping). 3. To analyze the content of the text discussing, commenting, summarizing information writing summaries, annotations and reviews.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to read, comprehend and analyze in detail intermediate authentic texts in different fields (architecture, building, economics, power engineering, computers, mechanics, telecommunications). - Assessment: texts with problem solving tasks, tests, exam (text 3,300 pr. signs, 8-10 tasks, 20 min)
Students are able to argue and interpret orally the information extracted from the texts, discuss it, commenting on tables, diagrams, etc. - Assessment: texts with problem solving tasks, tests, exam.
Students are able to summarize texts orally and in written form, write an annotation, complete the tasks connected with the text. - Assessment: texts, oral/written tasks, exam (oral summary).
Students are able to apply professional lexis and terminology in practice. - Assessment: tests, vocabulary and terminology tests, exam. Evaluation: tests – tested/not tested; exam – mark according to 10 grade scale.
Course prerequisites English language skills at B2 level according to CEFR

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