Fall 2012                                                                                                                       Olesya A. Valger

ENG 301                                                                                                                        FFL 301

English as a Third Language                                                                                       Office hours posted

Course Description

In this course we concentrate on the English vocabulary united according to a range of topics and practise basic research, systematization, categorization and analysis of the material with its further application in oral and written speech.


Required Texts

Kostina, E. A.            Second Major – English for students in their 3rd year

Arakin, V. D.             Practical Course of English Language (6th edition)

For French Department:

Oxenden, Clive          New English File. Intermediate Student’s Book

For German Department:

Kay, Sue                   Inside Out. Pre-Intermediate Student’s Book

Course Requirements and Policies

Home reading – 15 %

Attendance – 15 %

Class participation – 30 %

Projects – 15 %

Written tests and dictations – 15 %


Home Reading

During the term you read several fiction works and short stories by English-speaking authors. While reading a book you put down the new words and interesting phrases from it. You also prepare a retelling of what you have read and tell it the class. Every piece of home reading will also include a special task that will be distributed later.

Home Reading Schedule for Term I

Late December – any story of more than 150 pages.



I allow students to miss a total of two sessions with ‘no questions asked’. If students miss more than two sessions their grade will be marked down. Only special circumstances will be an excuse. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the professor and other students to make up lost work.

Late arrivals will be marked and influence your grade.

Class Participation

It is the degree of your involvement in our work. You can get a good participation result if you do your homework responsibly, submit it in time, and take an active part in class work.

Individual and Partner Projects

This section embraces all the works that are unique. We will do several basic types of tasks:

Dialogues. Every unit will contain one or two dialogues. You make a dialogue r with a partner. The purpose is to use as many words and phrases from the active vocabulary as possible and give a talk on a certain topic. A perfect dialogue is logical, humorous, and interesting-to-hear; it has no mistakes and is told fluently. You are expected to speak loudly and with good intonation.

Cards. A card contains 10 sentences that you make up to practice vocabulary. Every sentence contains several words or phrases from the unit. On the one side of the card you write your sentences in Russian, on the other side you write their translation into English. In both variants you underline the active vocabulary. You may type and print your card, or write it by hand. Cards are used for pair work in the class.

Vocabulary projects. From time to time you will be given a topic to do some research on. Your task is to find as many words as you can for this topic, look up their meaning, usage and pronunciation and then present them to the group. This may be done as a Power Point presentation or in a free form.

Performance Requirements

No matter what the oral task is, you are supposed to speak freely in this class. Every referral to the text, reading sentences or abstracts, or just reading will influence your skills (and your grade) negatively. If you are afraid to speak, learn the text by heart. It gets easier every time you do it. It never does if you don’t.

Written Works

Every topic is completed by a test and a dictation. After you get the graded work back, you must do the correction work to mark your mistakes and never make them again.


The final pass is scheduled for the last week of December; the requirements are specified a month before.

Your work during the semester is more important than your final exam. Your exam grade may not be more than one point higher than your term grade.

Collaboration and Plagiarism

Free-writing works will be checked by special software that finds correlation between the text and the Internet resources. You can work together with other students, but your written works should be individual.

Online Recourses

All the students are required to have access to the Web and check their e-mails daily. I will send some tasks and updates by e-mail, and I may also provide some interesting links for your consideration from time to time. All the questions and problems may be asked and solved online no later than one full day before the class.

My e-mail is: olesyavalger@gmail.com

All additional materials we need will be uploaded in the website: http://prepod.nspu.ru/course/view.php?id=455

Students with Special Needs

I encourage students with documented disabilities including non-visible disabilities to discuss with me, after class or during my office hours, appropriate accommodations.

Religious Holidays

Please inform me as soon as possible if you will not be able to submit a paper or take a scheduled test due to an official religious holiday so we can figure out an alternative schedule for completion of these assignments.

Environment-friendly Studying

I do encourage my students to be economical with resources and waste less paper. That is why I will distribute most of the materials we need for reading electronically. Unfortunately, the things we need in class have to be printed out for individual marks.


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