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Contemporary English: words, structures and usage

  /  Contemporary English: words, structures and usage

This course consists of two parts: Contemporary English I (60 academic hours or 30 lessons) and Contemporary English II (60 academic hours or 30 lessons). Part II is a continuation to Part I.

Aims and content

You will expand your vocabulary (words and expressions) and improve grammar (the structure of English words and sentences) by focusing on the development of the four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing in English.

Learning and understanding:

  • Topic-related words and expressions.
  • Collocations, that is, combinations of words that generally go together in the English language. For example, which verb would you use with a conclusion? Make? Do? Or draw?
  • Grammar issues: nouns (countable, such as table – tables, uncountable, for example information, advice), adjectives (comparison, for example, big – bigger – the biggest), adverbs (their correct form and position(s) in a sentence, for example He said quickly but why not He said friendly?), articles (a or the house, the or a childhood), verbs (tenses, the passive voice), word order (in sentences and questions) as well as other aspects of English grammar.

Other skills and abilities:

The tasks are also aimed at developing students’ critical thinking skills, creativity, the ability to express their ideas logically when speaking and writing. It appeared during my teaching experience that these are the skills students often lack.

Assessment

Your hard work will be evaluated at the end of the course. You will have two tests to evaluate your progress – one in the middle and the other at the end of the course. You will also have mini quizzes (no longer than 5–10 minutes) every second lesson to check your understanding of the topics, which means that you will have to prepare for a new lesson as well as revise what you learnt in the previous lesson. You will also be able to self-evaluate your progress. To summarise, the total evaluation (100 %) for the course will be based on your active participation (10 %), two tests (30 % each), mini quizzes and presentations (30 %).

At the end of the course

  • The number of words you know and are able to use will increase.
  • You will be able to produce well formed English structures (words and sentences).
  • It will be easier for you to express your ideas in English both when speaking and writing.

Your contribution?

Please remember that preparation for lessons is a must!