English for Academics. Book 2
English for Academics is a communication skills course for academics who need to work and socialise in English. Aimed at B1 level and above, this two part series practises using English in a range of situations, from making small talk at a conference to giving a presentation, from reading a range of academic texts to writing academic correspondence.
The book is intended for undergraduate and graduate students of the Higher School of Economics. Its main objective is developing academic skills, namely enriching students’ academic vocabulary, which is an integral part of their professional education. Being able to use appropriate academic vocabulary in writing is essential for this kind of activity.
Developing Academic Literacy correlates with the book Academic Vocabulary in Use by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and can be used as a source of additional exercises to practice topics covered there. Out of 50 units presented in this book we have chosen 45 which are of particular importance for the context of the National Research University. However, each unit of the present book contains not only practical exercises but also a theoretical part explaining the use of studied lexical units. Thus, the book can be used independently. As each unit covers a different lexical topic, the units can be studied in any order.
The tasks are aimed at both recognizing the lexis (on its own and within short contexts) and using it. The exercises comprise such tasks as matching words with their definitions, synonyms, antonyms, completing sentences with appropriate words, matching parts of sentences. Special attention is paid to collocations in academic context. The illustrative examples have mostly been taken from the British National Corpus, the Corpus of Contemporary American English and monolingual English dictionaries.
The book can be used both in class and individually. The exercises are provided with the Key, which allows students to check their answers, and, thus, makes the book suitable for self-study purposes. The book is provided with the Resource bank, which consists of abstracts from academic articles. All the abstracts contain lexical units studied in the book and can be used as a source of additional exercises by a teacher or self-check material by a student.
The book’s main objective is developing academic writing and speaking skills, namely teaching students to write an academic paper and to prepare an oral presentation on its basis. The book is mainly intended for undergraduate and graduate students of the faculty of law of Higher School of Economics. However, it can be also used by students of other specializations due to the fact that basic principles of academic writing and presenting are universal.
“Academic English for Legal Research” is divided into two parts. The first part “Writing a paper” contains seven units, each devoted to a particular part of an academic paper (abstract, introduction, literature review etc.). The second part “Transforming a paper to an oral presentation” consists of two units devoted to PowerPoint and poster presentations, correspondingly. The book is also provided with additional materials: information about annual conference for law students organised by the department of foreign languages of Higher School of Economics, questionnaire, project title page and contents templates, and samples of projects’ chapters.
Each unit contains both theoretical information and practical exercises. The theory is presented in a concise form, so that students can use the book as a manual for paper writing and presenting. For more information students are encouraged to use additional resources, to which links are provided in every topic. The theoretical part of the book aims at dethroning traditional stereotypes and prejudices of Russian students considering academic writing in English as well as making them aware of typical mistakes that were identified during several years of teaching a variety of Academic English courses in Higher School of Economics. Such a focus on Russian students makes the book different from those published by British and American authors and helps to bridge the gap between Russian and English academic writing conventions.
Practical exercises are based on the material of academic articles from legal journals and fourth year students’ projects that were completed by law students of Higher School of Economics as a part of their final state examination in English in 2015. The tasks are aimed at recognizing and using both the academic vocabulary and structural principles of academic paper creation and presentation. The exercises comprise such tasks as identifying strong and weak sides of given samples, correcting mistakes, different matching activities, creative tasks. The last task of each unit suggests students to write a part of their own research and provides a checklist of points to consider while writing, thus, after studying the book students should be able to present a draft of their research work.
The book can be used both in class and individually. It can be suggested as an additional course book for fourth year students to help them prepare for their English examination.
The international standards of academic writing introduced into English language teaching present both cognitive and linguistic challenges for Russian undergraduate students. The article aims to investigate how Internet resources can contribute to the second language students’ academic writing. We explore the functions of Corpora and other web resources as important tools in the process of writing a research paper in English. The articles explores the potential of the Internet resources for brainstorming, developing the strategy of research, searching and selecting literature sources, providing language data, creating a learner’s own corpus, bringing evidence of typical patterns in academic contexts, proofreading. The conclusion is made about the important role of the Internet for self-study and independent language skills development.
Conference Proceedings report findings presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia held in Voronezh in April, 2014.
The proceedings might be useful for English language teachers working at different levels - from University to kindergarten, linguists, interpreters and translators, as well as students and postgraduates majoring in EFL, linguistics and cultural studies.
The paper is focused on the study of reaction of italian literature critics on the publication of the Boris Pasternak's novel "Doctor Jivago". The analysys of the book ""Doctor Jivago", Pasternak, 1958, Italy" (published in Russian language in "Reka vremen", 2012, in Moscow) is given. The papers of italian writers, critics and historians of literature, who reacted immediately upon the publication of the novel (A. Moravia, I. Calvino, F.Fortini, C. Cassola, C. Salinari ecc.) are studied and analised.
In the article the patterns of the realization of emotional utterances in dialogic and monologic speech are described. The author pays special attention to the characteristic features of the speech of a speaker feeling psychic tension and to the compositional-pragmatic peculiarities of dialogic and monologic text.