Economic and Monetary Matters for Reading, Writing and Speaking. Учебное пособие по английскому языку для специальных целей.
The textbook is meant for students continuing to study English (levels B1-B2 according to the European Framework) and majoring in science. The exercises and tasks are aimed at developing speaking, writing and reading skills on the basis of authentic texts on the achievements of scientists rewarded the Nobel Prize in the years 2000-2014
The book is designed to provide assistance to economics students (CEFR correlation: B2-C1) in studying English for Specfic Purposes (ESP) and arouse their interest in global economic problems. Authentic texts on economic conditions of selected OECD member-countries alongside Brazil, China, India, Mongolia are aimed at developing reading, writing, speaking, lexical and critical thinking skills through a variety of exercises.
Critical media literacy has gained much importance in Western educational curricula lately but still remains insufficiently explored and implemented in the English language education in Russian universities. This article explores the theoretical foundations of critical media literacy, discusses the necessity to focus on developing students’ critical thinking skills with regard to the proper use of media in the context of English for journalism and provides examples of practical applications. Most English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses that are designed for future journalists and specialists in media communications are focused solely on either theoretical knowledge about the profession or on general knowledge about the professional world and the language it uses, which is clearly not enough for a successful future activity. The rapid development of the mass media causes a need for journalists of a new type: creative professionals, people who are able to access, analyze, evaluate, distribute media messages and act using all forms of communication. On the basis of the works of leading Russian and international researchers in the field of media education, the author offers a rationale for incorporating critical media literacy into the process of English language acquisition. Therefore, strategies that can be used to strengthen critical thinking abilities are given as well as an in depth analysis outlining the benefits of media literacy for journalism students.
At present, choosing a course book that satisfies students’ expectations studying IT and meets modern standards of higher education is a challenging task for the teacher of the ESP (English for specific purposes) course ‘English for Information Technology’. In the field of IT, where knowledge is updated by about 30% each year, the content of existing textbooks quickly becomes obsolete and does not motivate students. To ensure the link between learning and real life with its modern trends in IT development, a course book “English for IT” was introduced. It is based on authentic internet video resources, such as YouTube and TED Talks and covers various areas where information technologies are currently applied. The paper reveals some methodological aspects used in a course book design followed by some examples of the tasks targeted at developing language skills in the aspects of listening, reading and the lexical and grammatical skills of speaking.
The article is devoted to issues related to the formation of mediative competence in professionally-oriented teaching a foreign language in a non-linguistic higher education institution. Mediative competence is seen as an integral component of professional foreign language communicative competence and, consequently, as an element of professional competence of modern specialist of non-linguistic profile.
The present article continues the investigation of the Soqotri verbal system undertaken by the Russian-Soqotri fieldwork team. The article focuses on the so-called “weak” and “geminated” roots in the basic stem. The investigation is based on the analysis of full paradigms (perfect, imperfect and jussive) of more than 170 “weak” and “geminated” Soqotri verbs.