Department of Economics
English teaching at the Department of Economics
The Department of Economics (curator – associate professor of the English chair – Irina Vorontsova)
• The concept of the English language teaching is determined by the specific target set by the department. The language teachers are aim at preparing a professional who is competitive on the world market of intellectual work and who is capable of continuing education and performing professional activities in foreign environment. The language should be a practical means of intercultural communication. The course of English for professional purposes at the Department of Economics is based on communicative-cognitive method of teaching English. That implements that information aspect is closely linked to the communicative aspect: language models containing information about the purposes and nature of international business transactions are trained not only in texts, but also in dialogues / polylogues, situations, case studies , information gaps, interviews, role-plays, that are very similar to reality.
• Based on this concept, the team of professors working at the department, has developed a system of methodological models with selection of relevant basic textbooks for all stages of training.
The criteria for methodological complexes:
1) Recipient-oriented concept – for adult young
2) Well-structured program of work for improving all verbal skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking.). An integrated approach to work on pronunciation. Option - special types of students training (for example, “How to use class hours as efficiently as possible”, “How to use English-English Mini-dictionary”, “How to take notes during listening comprehension”, etc).
3) Availability of authentic materials for comprehension and understanding of key aspects of on-going business environment. Using fragments of texts of corporate publications produced by firms for internal administrative use. Topics: finance, information technology, marketing, banks, securities market, styles of doing business at the international arena, imports, exports. Optional expansion is expected to discuss ways of advanced electronic communication via the Internet; methods of analysis of texts of advertisements about free vacancies, resume writing rules, criteria for selection of candidates during the interview, study the various aspects of intercultural communication. Discussion of expansion of modern gadgets via Internet, methods of analyzing job advertisements, basic rules of CV writing, studying various aspects of intercultural communicationт are proposed as optional activities
4) The courses are oriented methodically at developing communication skills by means of interactive role-plays and student involvement in the discussions.
5) The main purpose is to correct vocabulary and grammar skills, to help students to obtain the skills of monologic and dialogic speech on general economic subjects by means of familiarization and studying reading. Our student are given the opportunity to use their background knowledge for speaking skills development.
6) All sections have a large number of verbal formulas, arranged with regard to different communicative intentions. Studying of specific business situation. (Case-study).
7) Frequent active vocabulary. Task for summarizing the material aimed at vocabulary expansion and speaking skills development.
8) Text material (articles from English and American press) should contain equally valuable linguistic information, country studies and professional material. Developing skills of working with reference literature (“New English-Russian Banking and Economic Dictionary” Fedorova, “A-Z of management and finance” Richard Koch, etc) for studying linguistic as well as professional information.
9) Availability of section "Appendix" with articles by leading economists on the single European currency, the activities of international financial organizations and the fundamental principles of modern banking supervision (the Basel Agreement), etc. 1
10) Obligatory implementation of information on the current events and cutting-edge phenomena in the global economy.
Since 2001, the Department has conducted multilevel training at the basic stage in the groups with different levels of language proficiency. All freshmen take the initial test and are distributed into linguistic sub-groups according to the current level of language and, as far as possible, common mentality and creative direction, to achieve a more uniform dynamics and promote a supportive and stimulating atmosphere in class.