English for Specific Purposes. Tasks and Assignments for General and Academic Practice
Developing academic skills is a major purpose of foreign language studies. Reading skills are prior to raising language competence. Mastering different kinds of reading (skimming, reading for gist, scanning, reading for detail) leads to a general increase of language skills. The teacher's task is to train students to know what to learn and how to learn it. The article covers modern approaches to teaching reading skills.
Academic environment constraints, i.e. limited amount of EFL hours for non-majors, call for a careful consideration of the stakeholders' needs in curriculum design in higher education context of a non-English speakign country. Tailoring an EFL course to those needs lands itself into an integrated program, comprising several study areas. This article discusses a case of syllabus design, combining a traditional EFL component, academic skills training and major-specific content (Country Studies for International Affairs majors). The author discusses the application of a solf systems methodology (SSM) in the academic environment.
The introduction gives a review of current approaches to teaching reading in a foreign language at a university level developed in Western and Russian research. It describes the goals of the book and explains its structire.
Supplementary material to “Economics” by Ch. St. J. Yates to develop reading, writing, listening, speaking academic skills. And to master economic terms.
The article examines various teaching methods aiming at increasing motivation for English language learning, both professional and academic. Complex development of skills necessary to undersdand lectures and different forms of public speaking, critical evaluation of and analytical approach to their content contribute to forming key competences of a university graduate.
The paper examines the structure, governance, and balance sheets of state-controlled banks in Russia, which accounted for over 55 percent of the total assets in the country's banking system in early 2012. The author offers a credible estimate of the size of the country's state banking sector by including banks that are indirectly owned by public organizations. Contrary to some predictions based on the theoretical literature on economic transition, he explains the relatively high profitability and efficiency of Russian state-controlled banks by pointing to their competitive position in such functions as acquisition and disposal of assets on behalf of the government. Also suggested in the paper is a different way of looking at market concentration in Russia (by consolidating the market shares of core state-controlled banks), which produces a picture of a more concentrated market than officially reported. Lastly, one of the author's interesting conclusions is that China provides a better benchmark than the formerly centrally planned economies of Central and Eastern Europe by which to assess the viability of state ownership of banks in Russia and to evaluate the country's banking sector.
The paper examines the principles for the supervision of financial conglomerates proposed by BCBS in the consultative document published in December 2011. Moreover, the article proposes a number of suggestions worked out by the authors within the HSE research team.