BALanguage in Use II

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 60
Type: Practical Classes

Instructors

Lara Burazer, PhD
Monika Kavalir, PhD, AssistantProfessor
Veronika Rot Gabrovec, PhD
Mirjana Želježič, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • Advanced linguistic competence in English:
  • Developing oral and written abilities, as well as reading and listening comprehension;
  • Systematic broadening of vocabulary;
  • Solidifying and improving proper grammar in use;
  • Communicating in various registers;
  • The basics of dictionary use, as well as the basics of using other research sources and language resources;
  • Understanding the cultural characteristics of English-speaking countries, intercultural communication, promoting tolerance;
  • Developing strategies for understanding foreign communication and articulating one’s own messages;
  • Developing strategies for independent study and for language use after completion of studies;
  • Fostering and developing critical thinking

Content:

Reading Comprehension:

  • Understanding authentic texts of various types
  • Acquiring superior taxonomic reading skills: analysis, evaluation, inferring
  • Composing study notes;
  • Understanding the reading process; self-reflection on one’s own reading abilities;
  • Reading, analysis and evaluation of prose.

Writing Abilities:

  • Fairly lengthy composition – opinion essay;
  • Peer evaluation;
  • Use of sources;
  • Film, book reviews, etc;
  • Short creative writing forms.

Listening Comprehension:

  • Distilling specific information from texts with general themes; understanding the general sense of a text;
  • Taking notes while listening;
  • Evaluation of aural texts; recognizing the speaker’s intent;
  • Active listening and interaction; body language.

Speaking Abilities:

  • Registers of spoken language;
  • Ability to fluidly relate information orally;
  • A short oral presentation on a topic of one’s choice;
  • The fundamentals of public speaking;
  • Refinement in relating information when speaking publicly.

Course material covers the following topics:

  • Show Business, Reality shows
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Health / Body -  sports, diets, medicine, drugs
  • Clothes, fashion, fur
  • The Arts
  • Love, Weddings, Marriages
  • Topical Issues;
  • Topics selected by teachers and students.
Watching selected films from contemporary film production, attending debating evenings and other events which make learning more varied and interesting, and contribute to attaining teaching objectives.

Course Literature:

  • Popular and expert texts (multimedia sources) based on the teacher’s and the students’ choice; 
  • Required (literary or non-fiction) prose (by choice).
  • Evans, V. 1997. Successful Writing (Upper Intermediate). Blackpill, Swansea: Express Publishing. Izbrana poglavja (10, 11, 13, 19), str.: 64-70, 71-75, 79-81, 104-106.
  • Evans, V. 1997. Successful Writing (Proificency). Blackpill, Swansea: Express Publishing. Izbrana poglavja (6a, 6b, 9c), str.: 60-69, 70-75, 150-153.
  • Glendinning, E. 2004. Study Reading. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Izbrana poglavja (6-10), str.: 75-134.
  • MacAndrew, R; R. Martinez. 2001. Taboos and Issues. Boston: Thomson Heinle. Str. 40.
  • Filozofska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani, Anglistika – enopredmetna, 1. stopnja 71
  • Powell, M.. 1996. Presenting in English. Brighton/Hove: LTP. Str. 128.
  • Sherman, J. 1994. Feedback. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Izbrana poglavja (6-10), str.: 81-149.
  • Urquhart. A. H., C. Weir. 1988. Reading in Second Language: Process, Product and Practice. London, New York: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (4), str.: 171-230.

Grading:

The final mark is comprised of the following:

  • active class participation,
  • test on course material and reading comprehension, 
  • essay,
  • oral exam.

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.