Английский язык для экономистов. Учебник и практикум для академического бакалавриата
The article addresses the issue of student autonomy in an EAP context. Learner autonomy is looked upon as one of the purposes and prerequisites of tertiary education. Ways of realizing learner autonomy through classroom practice are offered.
The article focuses on developing academic literacy in an English for Academic Purposes course. It reviews different approaches to teaching academic writing and shows that the "reading-to-write" approach might be the most effective one. The paper also identifies some difficulties that Russian students are likely to have due to a low level of native language academic skills and suggests ways to overcome them.
ESP Coursebook for Economics and Statistics students.
The use of 1st person pronouns - one of the most obvious strategies of authorial presence - and their pragmatic functions in academic texts have been the subject of many corpus-based studies. It has been shown that pronoun use can vary from discipline to discipline and from culture to culture. This paper presents a comparative study of the use of 1st-person pronouns in English and Russian research articles in sociology. The study employs both qualitative and quantitative approaches, including frequency counts and discourse analysis of a small corpus of research articles (40 single-authored articles in sociology: 20 in English and 20 in Russian). The analysis shows that the authors writing in Russian tend to use fewer 1st-person pronouns compared to the authors writing in English. Moreover, pragmatic functions of the pronouns are quite different in English and in Russian research articles. In this paper I will argue that these differences originate in the traditional collectivist approach to scholarly work that informs Russian academic discourse. In the concluding section, I discuss the implications of these findings for EAP pedagogies, especially for “English for Publication” courses.
This article aims at sharing the results of the British Council partner project English for Academics implemented in Russia in 2012-2015. The need for this project was identified in the Baseline Study having indicated the necessity to design a course for university staff in order to develop their foreign language communicative competence and to stimulate their participation in international projects. The concept of the course is based on the needs analysis conducted by the British Council; the methodological principles of the book are conducive for meeting the needs of the target group. The participants of this project describe the project stages, the concept of the book they have developed, and illustrate the principles with sample activities from the course. We demonstrate how the understanding of learners’ needs and characteristics helps select appropriate pedagogical principles to meet these needs and to exploit the characteristics. Based on the results of a piloting stage we conclude that the course is an effective means of developing academics’ language proficiency and, consequently, enables university instructors and researchers to participate in international projects.
This volume contains a selection of papers from the Biennial BALEAP Conference held at the University of Nottingham, UK in April 2013. The papers reflect various aspects of the conference theme: ‘The Janus Moment in EAP: Revisiting the Past and Building the Future’.
Several papers cover perennial, yet still important, aspects of EAP, such as academic speaking, academic writing and assessment. Others describe and evaluate developments in the field, or how materials, practice, programmes and outcomes are being developed. Most research and interventions described here contribute directly towards either student or teacher engagement, or both. Perhaps unsurprisingly, both the opportunities offered and the challenges posed by technology feature too. The position of EAP in academic institutions, a common topic of debate, recurs within the volume, as does inevitable change faced by the profession.
Taken together, the papers provide a wide-ranging cross-section of EAP activity and thought. This cross-section is necessarily partial; even so, the volume represents the variety and energy which characterises EAP today.
BALEAP, the global forum for EAP professionals, supports the professional development of those involved in learning, teaching, scholarship and research in EAP in order to enhance its quality in institutions of further and higher education.
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.