VIA166 Political and Economical System of English Speaking Countries

Code VIA166
Name Political and Economical System of English Speaking Countries
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Languages
Faculty
Academic staff Irina Liokumoviča, Ņina Karagodina, Anita Eiholca
Credit points 3.0 (4.5 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The course aims at providing students with information and extending their knowledge on political and economic systems of English speaking countries, UK in particular. Simulations, role plays and case studies are used so as to develop students’ communicative skills in English. To develop reading and listening skills students are provided with a definite amount of authentic texts for reading and a list of special topics for speaking practice and listening comprehension. Practical classes using pair/group work, discussions, reports, denotative graphs (Mind Mapping), brainstorming, etc. Topics discussed: Structure of governments, parliament, electoral and party systems, media, major sectors of economy, etc. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
Objectives of the course: 1. To develop students’ reading comprehension skills on the basis of authentic texts in the field of UK political and economic systems; 2. To extend useful vocabulary; 3. To develop effective listening comprehension skills based on political and socio-economic texts (listening for gist, listening fro specific information, sentence completion, multiple choice questions, etc.) 4. To improve effective communication skills in English in the context of politics and economics; 5. To acquire discussion and debates skills; 6. To improve accuracy (oral and written accuracy, grammatical precision, etc.)
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to improve and evaluate independently personal reading skills reading advanced authentic texts on UK and USA politics and economics. - Assessment: tests (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, vocabulary check), exam.
Students are able to interpret and comment on the oral and written information, communicate creatively, take initiative in discussions and debates on selected issues. - Assessment: tests (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, vocabulary check), exam.
Students are able to identify, describe important facts, express their opinion correctly, using vocabulary relevant for the given topic and relevant grammatical constructions in oral and written communication. - Assessment: tests (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, vocabulary check), exam.
Students are able to use the knowledge and skills acquired during the course, presenting the summary of the report on the selected issue. - Assessment: tests (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, vocabulary check), report, exam. Evaluation: tests – tested/not tested; exam, report – mark according to 10 grade scale.
Course prerequisites English language skills at B2 level according to CEFR

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