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Апрель

Independent English Exam

2023/2024
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 3 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

The Independent English Exam is aimed at evaluating the level of English language proficiency needed for the purposes of academic communication and assessing whether the students are ready to use the English language as a medium of instruction in a variety of academic programmes. The exam is a mandatory part of the curriculum of bachelor’s and specialist’s degrees and is held annually in a format similar to that of an international exam. The exam consists of four parts - reading, listening, writing, and an interview. In the Reading section, students are required to do tasks based on academic texts. In the Listening section, students are to complete a series of listening comprehension tasks. In the Writing portion of the exam, students have to understand and describe visual information, and write an argumentative essay. During the Interview, students have to answer a series of questions. It is strongly recommended that students should take the following courses before sitting the Independent English Exam: • English for General Communication Purposes (Foundation course, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, Advanced); • English for General Academic Purposes (Upper-Intermediate, Advanced); • English for Business Purposes (Upper-Intermediate, Advanced); • English for Specific Purposes: Legal English, Social Studies, Public Administration, General Linguistics, Urban Studies, English for International Studies, History, History of Art, Philology, Art and Design, Chemistry, Biology, English for Logistics and SCM, English for Journalism and Media, Applied Mathematics, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Economics, English for a global manager; • English for Specific Academic Purposes: Ancient World, Linguistics, Maths and Information Technology, Theoretical Linguistics; • International English Examinations Practice; • Mastering Soft Skills through English How to Think Critically and Adapt to Changes.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To evaluate the level of a student's English language proficiency encompassing the four skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking) that are essential for the purposes of academic and professional communication.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • read with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading to texts on general academic and professional non field-specific topics
  • ● demonstrate a confident use of a wide range of lexical repertoire and grammar structures to achieve a set of goals required for oral and written communication
  • ● write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects, synthesising and evaluating information and arguments
  • ● produce systematically developed oral and written texts, with appropriate highlighting of significant points, and relevant supporting detail
  • ● listen to and understand with ease standard spoken language encountered in social, academic and professional context
  • speak on complex subjects providing clear smooth and elaborate reasoning and description
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Reading
    The Reading section of the exam consists of three parts which are aimed at assessing students’ reading skills in English for general academic and communication purposes. Within each part of the section, students are expected to read and understand a text on an academic or professional non field-specific topic and complete tasks based on it. The tasks are of different types including, but not limited to, matching, answering multiple choice questions, and identifying information (True/False/Not Given). The number of tasks and their sequence in each part may vary. Students have 1 hour to complete the Reading Section
  • non-blocking Listening
    The Listening section of the exam consists of three parts which are aimed at assessing students’ listening skills in English for general academic and communication purposes. Students are expected to complete a series of listening comprehension tasks within each part of the section. The tasks are of different types including, but not limited to, filling out a form, answering multiple choice questions, and completing notes. The number of tasks and their sequence in each part may vary. Students have approximately 30 minutes to complete the Listening Section
  • non-blocking Writing
    The Writing section of the exam consists of two tasks which are aimed at assessing students’ writing skills in English for general academic and communication purposes. In Task 1, students have to understand and describe visual information that is presented in different formats including, but not limited to, line graphs, bar charts, pie charts, and tables. Though authentic, graphs may contain altered or fictional names of organizations. This is done to facilitate task and language focus. In Task 2, students’ are to write an essay on a given topic providing valid well-structured and well-developed arguments supported by evidence. Essay topics cover a range of themes related to current societal issues. Students have 1 hour to complete the Writing Section
  • non-blocking Speaking
    The Speaking section of the exam is aimed at assessing students’ speaking skills in English for general academic and communication purposes. The section starts with a series of warm-up questions that are not assessed. They enable students to shift into an engaged and intentional frame of mind to better perform in the speaking tasks that follow. In Task 1 of the Speaking section, students are to share their personal experiences and talk about the personal significance of events. Students have one minute to prepare before giving a three-minute talk on a provided topic. Task 2 focuses on the topics that deal with current social/academic/vocational issues. Students are to answer four questions providing well-structured and well-developed arguments with relevant examples. No preparation time is given. An answer to each question should be no longer than two minutes. Students have approximately 15 minutes to complete the Speaking Section
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 3rd module
    0.25 * Listening + 0.25 * Reading + 0.25 * Speaking + 0.25 * Writing
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Mindset for IELTS : student's book 3: an official Cambridge IELTS course, , 2018

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Cambridge grammar for IELTS : grammar reference and practice, Hopkins, D., 2012
  • Cambridge grammar for IELTS : grammar reference and practice, Hopkins, D., 2013
  • Cambridge vocabulary for IELTS advanced with answers : self-study vocabulary practice, Cullen, P., 2012