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GENERAL ENGLISH 2

Description and aims:

The module is a logical continuation of Module GE 1. It specifies the knowledge got in the previous module and helps to develop more specific skills and competences necessary for Module GE3. This module provides students with pre-intermediate knowledge of vocabulary and grammar structures. At this unit students can maintain a conversation and express ideas. They can also begin to deal with problems and situations where they meet unpredictable language. It gives to the students the knowledge and understanding of information concerning and sightseeing, education, generation problems.

This module aims to:

  • teach students the relevant vocabulary on the given topics and help them to acquire the ability to explorate the meaning of occasional unknown words from the context and deduce sentence meaning provided the topic discussed is familiar
  • teach students to write and understand personal letters describing experiences, feelings and events well enough to correspond regularly with a pen friend, short basic descriptions of events, past activities, or personal experiences
  • make students be able to construct simple and compound sentences using common conjunctions to connect two clauses, understand and identify how meaning is built up in chronological, continuous descriptive, and explanatory texts of more than one paragraph
  • make students be able to take part in the formal and informal discussion, more detailed information exchange and interview, describe past activities, personal experiences and relate details of unpredictable occurrences
  • teach students to understand straightforward spoken factual information about common everyday or job (studies) related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details, provided speech is clearly articulated in a generally similar accent
  • make students be able to find and understand relevant and specific predictable written information in everyday material, such as letters, brochures and short official letters, identify the main conclusions and significant points in argumentative texts
  • make student be aware of the salient politeness conventions and act properly
  • give practical tools on making effective presentations
  • create the students language portfolio



On completion of this module the student should be able to:

  1. understand the main points of clear spoken standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc; understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal and professional interest when the delivery is slow and clear;
  2. show a good control of sufficient vocabulary to conduct routine, everyday transactions involving familiar situations and topics;
  3. knows how to use reasonably and accurately a repertoire of frequently used routines and patterns associated with more predictable situations;

After studying this module, the student should be able to:

  1. read and understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language, the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters, texts from signs, journals, newspapers and magazines
  2. write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest; write personal letters describing experiences and impressions; show you can complete tasks such as writing a short formal message(or an e-mail), and an article of around 100 words; complete an exercise involving changing the meaning of sentences
  3. deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in the area where the language is spoken, enter unprepared into conversations on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or on everyday environment
  4. connect phrases in a simple way to describe experiences and events, dreams hopes and ambitions, briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans, narrate a story or relate the plot of the book or film and describe reactions
  5. use a prepared questionnaire to carry out a structured interview, with some spontaneous follow up questions
  6. pronounce clearly intelligible even if a foreign accent is sometimes evident and some mispronunciations occur
  7. adapt well rehearsed memorized simple phrases to particular circumstances through limited lexical situation
  8. make an effective presentation and/or report

Workload

CATEGORY LOAD
Contact Time 102 h.
Independent Hours 102 h.
Total
204 h.
ECTS 6 points



Contact Time

Contact time is made up of:

3 seminar (1 hour 20 minutes) x 17 weeks Starting Week 1

Pre Requisite Study

To take this module students have to meet one of the following requirements:

  • pass the KET exam;
  • take the GE1 module

Post Requisite Study

GE3

The Module Team

The GE module is delivered by a team of tutors from the Department of Business Foreign Languages and the Department of Intercultural Communication. The team includes:

Svetlana Efa, Senior Teacher This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Olga Suslova, Assistant Teacher This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Anna Voroshilova is the module leader.

Content

OF SEMINAR (&TUTOR) PRINCIPAL THEMES HOURS
Seminar 1 Topic1: going sightseeing
NEF unit 2A: Right place, wrong time
2
Seminar 2 NEF unit 2B: A moment in time 2
Seminar 3 NEF unit 2 Practical English: At the conference hotelunit 2 Writing: the story behind the photo 2
Seminar 4 NEF unit 3A: where are you going? 2
Seminar 5 NEF unit 3B: the pessimist’s phrasebook 2
Seminar 6 NEF unit 3C: I will always love you 2
Seminar 7 NEF unit 3 Practical English: Restaurant problemsWring an informal letter 2
Seminar 8 NEF unit 4C: Faster-Faster 2
Seminar 9 NEF unit 4D: The worlds friendliest city 2
Seminar 10 NEF unit 4 Practical English: lost in San FranciscoWriting: describing where you live 2
Seminar 11 Progress test 2
Seminar 12 New Op unit 3: British Lifestyles 2
Seminar 13 New Op unit 31: Round the world 2
Seminar 14 New Op unit 32: Going overseas 2
Seminar 15 New Op unit 48: Communication Workshops 2
Seminar 16 Progress test 2
Seminar 17 Making Presentation: a tourist guide on a country 2
Seminar 18 Final test on topic 1 2
Seminar 19 Topic 2: generation problemsNEF unit 4 A: from rags to riches 2
Seminar 20 NEF unit 4 B: family conflicts 2
Seminar 21 NEF unit 7 A: famous fears and phobias 2
Seminar 22 NEF unit 7B: born to direct 2
Seminar 23 NEF unit 7C: I used to be a rebel 2
Seminar 24 Progress test 2
Seminar 25 New Op unit 14: parties 2
Seminar 26 New Op unit 25: mobile fever 2
Seminar 27 New Op unit 38: Cool BritaniaLanguage problem Solving 7 2
Seminar 28 New Op unit 40: in concert 2
Seminar 29 New Op unit 41: Rap 2
Seminar 30 Progress test 2
Seminar 31 Making Presentation: Generation problems in your country and abroad 2
Seminar 32 Final test on topic 2 2
Seminar 33 Topic3: EducationNEF unit 5A: are you a party animal? 2
Seminar 34 NEF unit 5B: What makes you feel good? 2
Seminar 35 NEF unit 5C: How much can you learn in a month? 2
Seminar 36 NEF unit 5D: The name of the game? 2
Seminar 37 NEF unit 6C: Decisions, decisions. 2
Seminar 38 NEF unit 6D: What should I do? 2
Seminar 39 NEF unit 5 writing: a formal e-mail 2
Seminar 40 Progress test 2
Seminar 41 NEF unit 8A: I hate weekends. 2
Seminar 42 NEF unit 8C: Waking up is hard to do.New Op Language problem solving 1 2
Seminar 43 NEF unit 8 writing: opinion essay. 2
Seminar 44 New Op 28: Online 2
Seminar 45 Making Presentation: University life of students in Russia 2
Seminar 46 Final test on topic3 2
Seminar 47 Preparation for the exam in the format of PET 2
Seminar 48 Preparation for the exam in the format of PET 2
Seminar 49 Preparation for the exam in the format of PET 2
Seminar 50 Final project presentation 2
Seminar 51 Exam in the format of PET 2



SEMINAR SPECIFICATION

SEMINAR 1

Topic

Right place, wrong time

Grammar

Past Simple regular and irregular verbs

Vocabulary

Holidays – vocabulary bank

Pronunciation

-ed endings, irregular verbs

Reading

In the right place……..but at the wrong time.

Discussion Questions

Your last holiday

SEMINAR 2

Topic

A moment in time.

Objectives

Grammar

Past Continuous

Vocabulary

Prepositions of time and place – in, on, at

Pronunciation

Neutral sound

Reading

Description of the photos

Speaking

Famous photos

Independent study

Grammar bank 2B

SEMINAR 3

Topic

At the conference hotel

Listening

Telephone conversation – checking in, calling reception, social English

Speaking

Role play of the dialogues

Writing

Description of the photo

SEMINAR 4

Topic

Where are you going?

Grammar

Going to, Present Continuous, future arrangements

Vocabulary

Look (after, for etc.)

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

Reading

Airport stories

Speaking

Where are you going on a holiday?

Independent study

Grammar bank 3A

SEMINAR 5

Topic

The pessimist’s phrasebook

Grammar

Will, won’t

Vocabulary

Opposite verbs

Pronunciation

contractions

Listening

A radio program

Speaking

Are you a positive thinker?

Independent study

Vocabulary bank

SEMINAR 6

Topic

I will always love you.

Grammar

Will, won’t (promises, offers, decisions)

Vocabulary

Verb+back

Pronunciation

Word stress – two syllable words

Reading

Promises, promises.

Speaking

Communication game

Independent study

Grammar bank 3C

SEMINAR 7

Topic

Restaurant problems

Vocabulary

Menu, starters, main courses

Listening

Dialogues – ordering a meal, problems with a meal, social English.

Speaking

Dialogues in a restaurant

Writing

An informal letter

SEMINAR 8

Topic

Faster-Faster

Grammar

Comparatives: as……..as, less……..then.

Vocabulary

Time expressions – spend time, waste time etc.

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

Reading

We’re living faster.

Listening

Questionnaire

Speaking

Interview

Independent study

Grammar bank 4C

SEMINAR 9

Topic

The world’s friendliest city

Grammar

Superlatives (+ever+ Present perfect)

Vocabulary

Opposite adjectives

Pronunciation

Word stress

Reading

Big cities.

Listening

London

Speaking

Dialogues - The best and the worst.

Independent study

Grammar bank 3C

SEMINAR 10

Topic

Lost in San Francisco.

Listening

Directions, asking for information, social English

Speaking

Dialogues - asking for information and giving directions

Writing

Description of a place where you live

SEMINAR 11

Topic

Progress test

SEMINAR 12

Topic

British Lifestyles

Vocabulary

“Good Friends” and “False Friends”

Numbers and fractions

Listening

British songs

Reading

The changing face of the UK

Speaking

Group discussion – comparing cultures

Additional material

Web links:

The USA: www.fedstats.gov

Australia: www.abs.gov.au

Canada: www.statcan.ca

SEMINAR 13

Topic

Round the world

Vocabulary

Activities, trips

Grammar

Present perfect

Reading

People think I’m a Weirdo.

Speaking

Discussion questions, answering questions on the text, telephone conversation about your holiday.

Additional material

New Op. unit 15 Scotland

Web links:

www.visitscotland.com

www.scotlandonline.com

SEMINAR 14

Topic

Going overseas

Listening

A radio program

Speaking

Making suggestions, group discussion

Vocabulary

Multi-part verbs, immigration problems, expressions of preferences

SEMINAR 15

Topic

Communication Workshops

Listening

Description of famous sights

Speaking

Describing and discussion of photos, talkback – which of the places would you like to visit?

Reading

Brochures

Writing

Describing a house or a sight

SEMINAR 16

Topic

Progress test

SEMINAR 17

Topic

Making Presentation: a tourist guide on a country

SEMINAR 18

Topic

Final test on topic 1

SEMINAR 19

Topic

From rags to riches

Grammar

Present perfect (experience) + ever, never, Present Perfect and Past simple

Vocabulary

Clothes

Pronunciation

Vowel sounds

Reading

Text from a magazine - Zara.

Listening

Interview

Speaking

Interview with a partner

Independent study

Grammar bank 4A, vocabulary bank

SEMINAR 20

Topic

Family conflicts

Grammar

Present perfect + yet, just, already

Vocabulary

Verb phrases .

Pronunciation

Sounds

Reading

Magazine article – parents of teenagers wrote to tell us what drives them mad, problems with yur teenage children

Independent study

Grammar bank 4B

SEMINAR 21

Topic

Famous fears and phobias

Grammar

Present perfect – for and since

Vocabulary

Guessing meaning from context.

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

Reading

Article – we’re all afraid.

Listening

People talking about phobias

Independent study

Grammar bank 7A

SEMINAR 22

Topic

Born to direct

Grammar

Present perfect or past simple.

Vocabulary

Biographies .

Pronunciation

Word stress

Listening

TV program

Speaking

Talking about member of your family.

Independent study

Grammar bank 7B

Additional material

New Op. Language problem solving 6

SEMINAR 23

Topic

I used to be a rebel

Grammar

Used to.

Vocabulary

School subjects.

Pronunciation

Sentence stress used to/ didn’t use to

Reading

Article – a famous rebel.

Speaking

When you were…?

Independent study

Grammar bank 7C

SEMINAR 24

Topic

Progress test

SEMINAR 25

Topic

Parties

Vocabulary

Kind of party, food, drinks, activities

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

Listening

Description of parties in UK

Speaking

Giving advice to a foreign visitor, give congratulations, discussion of differences between parties in your country and in the UK.

SEMINAR 26

Topic

Mobile fever

Vocabulary

Activities, trips

Grammar

Conditional sentences

Reading

A magazine article about mobiles

Independent Study

Grammar Summary 9

SEMINAR 27

Topic

Cool Britania

Vocabulary

clubs

Pronunciation

Word stress

Listening

History of clubs in the UK

Speaking

Asking permission, talking about permission.

SEMINAR 28

Topic

In concert

Vocabulary

Concerts and adjectives describing concerts

Grammar

Question tags

Reading

Concert review – Cardiff warms to Coldplay.

Speaking

Giving opinion about singers and groups

Independent Study

Grammar Summary 14

SEMINAR 29

Topic

Rap

Vocabulary

Urban problems, compound words

Reading

An article from a magazine – The roots of rap

Speaking

The most popular singers in your country and music they play.

SEMINAR 30

Topic

Progress test

SEMINAR 31

Topic

Making Presentation: Generation problems in your country and abroad

SEMINAR 32

Topic

Final test on topic 2

SEMINAR 33

Topic

Are you a party animal?

Grammar

Uses of the infinitive (with to).

Vocabulary

Verbs+infinitive.

Pronunciation

word stress

Reading

How to survive at a party?.

Listening

Right things to say to different people.

Speaking

Interview a partner with a questionnaire

Independent study

Grammar bank 5A, vocabulary bank.

SEMINAR 34

Topic

What makes you feel good?

Grammar

Verbs+ing.

Vocabulary

Verbs describing emotions.

Pronunciation

-ing.

Reading

An article from a magazine.

Listening

Interview with a director

Speaking

Likes and dislikes, preferences.

Independent study

Grammar bank 5B, vocabulary bank.

SEMINAR 35

Topic

How much can you learn in a month?

Grammar

Have to, don’t have to, must, musn’t.

Vocabulary

Modifiers – a bit, really etc.

Pronunciation

Sentence stress.

Reading

Article - How much can you learn in a month?

Listening

Questionnaire

Speaking

Talk to a partner – have you ever… ?

Independent study

Grammar bank 5C

SEMINAR 36

Topic

The name of the game

Grammar

Expressing movement.

Vocabulary

Prepositions of movement, sport.

Pronunciation

Prepositions.

Reading

Your most exciting sporting moments.

Speaking

Cross country

Independent study

Grammar bank 5D, Vocabulary bank.

SEMINAR 37

Topic

Decisions, decisions

Grammar

May, might (possibility).

Vocabulary

Word building, noun formation.

Pronunciation

Sentence stress, -tion endings

Reading

Tips to help people.

Speaking

Questionnaire – are you indecisive? Role play being indecisive.

Independent study

Grammar bank 6C

SEMINAR 38

Topic

What should I do?

Grammar

Should, shouldn’t.

Vocabulary

get.

Pronunciation

Sentence stress.

Reading, listening

TV and radio guide.

Speaking

Giving advice.

Independent study

Grammar bank 6D, vocabulary bank

SEMINAR 39

Topic

A formal e-mail

Reading

An e-mail to language school, advertisement to choose a course.

Writing

A formal e-mail.

SEMINAR 40

Topic

Progress test

SEMINAR 41

Topic

I hate weekends!

Grammar

Something, anything, nothing.

Vocabulary

Adjectives ending in –ing, -ed.

Pronunciation

Vowel sounds

Reading

Article about weekends.

Speaking

Asking for information.

Independent study

Grammar bank 8A

Additional material

New Op. language problem solving 4

SEMINAR 42

Topic

Waking up is hard to do

Grammar

Word order of phrasal verbs.

Vocabulary

Phrasal verbs.

Pronunciation

Consonant sounds

Reading

Article about morning and evening people.

Llistening

Interview.

Independent study

Grammar bank 8C, Vocabulary bank.

SEMINAR 43

Topic

Giving your opinion

Reading

An article - The Weekend

Writing

Opinion essay

SEMINAR 44

Topic

Online

Vocabulary

Sources of information

Grammar

Second conditional

Reading

Questionnaire

Speaking

Ideal future life

Independent Study

Grammar Summary 10

SEMINAR 45

Topic

Making Presentation: University life of students in Russia

SEMINAR 46

Topic

Final test on topic3

SEMINAR 47

Topic

Preparation for the exam in the format of PET

SEMINAR 48

Topic

Preparation for the exam in the format of PET

SEMINAR 49

Topic

Preparation for the exam in the format of PET

SEMINAR 50

Topic

Final project presentation

SEMINAR 51

Topic

Exam in the format of PET

2 hours written exam where students can show the ability in reading, writing and listening.

10 minutes oral exam where students can demonstrate the ability to take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions and talking freely about their likes and dislikes.

Course book

Oxenden, C (2006), New English File Pre-intermediate, Oxford, Oxford University Press

Additional Resources

  1. Luque-Mortione, L (2004), Pet Test builder, Macmillan.
  2. Dooley, J (2005), Grammar Way 3, Express Publishing.
  3. Michael Harris, David Mower, Anna Sikorzynska (2007), New Opportunities pre-intermediate, Pearson Longman.

Journals & news magazines/papers

«Английский язык» (English) газета Издательского дома «Первое сентября»

Mary Glasgow magazines “Club”. Scholastic

Web-based resources

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http:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /

http//www.oup.com/elt/teacher/englishfile

http//www.oup.com/elt/englishfile/pre-intermediate

http//www.link2english.com

ASSESSMENT

Module assessment is by

1) current work on the tests in the form of case studies analysis and essay presenting the results (in Russian, not less than 300 words). There will be 3 tests (in the form of the review for 2-3 units) which will make 25 % each and

2) a final group project which will mean the analysis of the case study (video, audio, or printed) and oral presentation of its results using Power Point presentation (25 %).

Format & Basics

The assessment is held during the whole module and is based on the rating system. The maximum number of points is 100 (3 tests x 25% each and a final group project x 25%).

According to the number of points the grade will be given:

100% - 80% - A (Excellent)

79% - 65% - B (Good)

64%-51% - C (Satisfactory)

Sample Paper

A sample paper is available via the module folder on the Server DO.

The Exam:

Assessment Criteria

a) Assessment in Part ONE (2 hours written exam in the format of PET) is based on the ability of students to accurately perform different tasks in reading, writing and listening on the studied topics.

b) In Part TWO (10 minutes oral exam in the format of PET) of the test students are required to demonstrate the ability to take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions and talking freely about their likes and dislikes.

Timetable details will be issued by your tutors on the Server DL. Some additional surgery hours will apply towards the end of the module, helping to prepare you for your examination.

 

 

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