The resource book is a collection of twelve lessons based on a selection of TED talks about different aspects of modern life. The selected TED talks not only enhance the learners’ English language proficiency but also develop the learners’ professional competencies and expand their outlook. All the lessons have a regular structure and include exercises for developing vocabulary, listening, reading, speaking, note-taking and writing skills. A quick test has been developed for each lesson checking the student’s assimilation of the material. Through authentic models of effective communication, students build fluency to achieve academic and personal success. The resource book can be used both for classroom activities and for independent work.
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 textbook is built on a thematic principle and covers the main branches of law, which allows studying a large array of diverse legal terminology. Language material is presented in a communicative form, attention is paid to the development of reading, speaking and writing skills. The textbook can be used in conjunction with foreign teaching aids to prepare for the International Legal English Certificate.
The coursebook encompasses the most common law areas and provides extensive communicative practice of legal vocabulary, as well as of reading, speaking and writing skills. It can be used as a supplementary material to prepare students for the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) exam.