BA

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

Main Instructor

Lara Burazer, PhD

Instructors

Mojca Belak, MA
Veronika Rot Gabrovec, PhD
Cvetka Sokolov, PhD
Mirjana Želježič, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

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

Content:

Reading Comprehension:

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

Writing:

  • Argumentative composition;
  • Use of sources;
  • Written summary of texts and evaluation;
  • Creative writing: sketches, poetry, short drama forms;
  • Listening Comprehension:
  • Comprehending, analysing and evaluating various types of popular and expert aural texts;
  • Summarizing texts heard;
  • Active listening and interaction;

Speaking:

  • Fluid spontaneous speech;
  • The ability to relate a prepared text fluidly;
  • Mastering various registers;
  • Short oral presentation on a topic provided;
  • Refinement in oral communication

Course material covers the following topics:

  • the Media; Advertising;
  • British humour;
  • Travel & Holidays;
  • Economy;
  • Science & Technology;
  • Culture (beliefs, values, customs, the arts);
  • Topical Issues;
  • Topics selected by teachers and students.
  • Watching selected contemporary topical 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).
  • Axelrod, R.B., C.R. Cooper. 1988. The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing. 2. ed. New York: St. Martin’s Press. Pp. 876.
  • Franklin Parks, A., J. A. Levernier, I. Masters Hollowell. 1991. Structuring Paragraphs: A Guide to Effective Writing. 3. izd. New York: St. Martin's Press. Pp. 247.
  • Grosman, M. 2004. Zagovor branja: bralec in književnost v 21. stoletju. Ljubljana: Sophia. Selected chapters , pp. 9-73, 137-166.
  • Koda, K. 2005. Insights into Second Language Reading. A Cross Linguistic Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Selected chapters  (7,8), pp. 123-176.
  • MacAndrew, R; R. Martinez. 2001. Taboos and Issues. Boston: Thomson Heinle. Pp. 40.

Grading:

The final mark is comprised of the following:
1. active class participation,
2. test on course material and reading comprehension,
3. essay,
4. oral presentation,
5. oral exam.

A passing grade on 2 and 3 is the pre-condition for taking the 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.