Course code Valo5008

Credit points 2

English Language in Forest Sector

Total Hours in Course32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Date of course confirmation09.06.2014

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developers

author Valodu centrs

Larisa Turuševa

Dr. paed.

author Valodu centrs

Diāna Liepa

PhD programme(līm.)

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge in the academic English language studies and the development of skills necessary for studying special scientific literature, participating in scientific conferences, presenting the research findings and communicating in the international academic environment focusing on the specific research aspects in the Master Thesis.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students know terms from the field of:
- forest works and machinery, forest economy and policy (Test No 1);
- ecology and forestry(Test No 2).
Students are able to apply professional terminology and skills: in writing essays, annotations, business letters; orally in discussions, dialogues, role plays, giving a presentation.
The assessment according to the 10 point scale.

Course plan

1 Scientific research, its role in sectors of national economy and its specifics in globalization.
2 Types and methods of scientific research. Master's thesis, its structure.
3 Working with Scientific Literature. Plagiarism. Types of plagiarism.
4 Formulation of the goal, tasks and hypothesis of the Master's thesis.
5 Topicality and novelty of Master's thesis. Justification of the choice of research topic.
6 Analysis of scientific texts by acquiring the necessary terms.
7 Essay Development in English. Specialty of essay writing, components, choice of language elements.
8 Workshop: Analysis of essays.
9 Summary analysis.
10 Annotation Analysis.
11 Ensuring the competitiveness of the household sector in the labor market.
12 Research Methods. Bibliographic description of the literature used.
13 Descriptions of Tables and Images in Scientific Work. Presentation skills.
14 Creating a sample of the Master's Thesis introduction. Presentation analysis.
15 Preparation of a scientific publication. Annotation of a scientific article.
16 Development of an Annotation Sample for Master's Thesis. Presentation analysis.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Assessment: Examination. The examination consists of: - a terminology test, - a presentation. A student is admitted to the examination if there are: successfully written 2 tests, the glossary of terms for each topic, timely completed home works, completed individual work (reading of professional texts, the prepared PPoint presentation on the selected topic, the glossary of terms). Tests and home works are with a positive evaluation. The number of the missed classes shall not exceed 20%.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Individual work:
1. Reading of the independently chosen professional texts (the amount: 10 000 characters);
2. Prepared PPoint presentation and oral presentation (5-10 minutes) in front of the class;
3. Submitted glossary of terms (30 terms, 30 translations, 20 definitions).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The examination grade is calculated as an arithmetic mean of grades obtained in two examination tasks. The grade in the terminology test is successful if at least 70% of the answers are correct.

Compulsory reading

1. McCarthy, M., O'Dell, F. Academic vocabulary in use : 50 units of academic vocabulary reference and practice : self-study and classroom use. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008. 176 p. ISBN 9780521689397
2. Rosen L.J. The Academic Writer's Handbook. New York : Pearson/Longman, 2009. UK. 578 p. ISBN 0205599109
3. Hüttner J.I. Academic Writing in a Foreign Language. Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, 2007. 337 p. ISBN 978-3-631-55522-4
4. Uwe Flick. An Introduction to Qualitative Research. London ... [etc.] : SAGE, 2009. USA. 504 p. ISBN 9781847873231

Further reading

1. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitātes raksti. (Proceedings of the Latvia University of Agriculture). [tiešsaiste]. ISSN 1407-4427. [skatīts 10.07.2014.] Pieejams:
2. International Journal of Forest Engineering. [tiešsaiste]. Publisher: Taylor & Francis. ISSN 0843-5243 (print) ISSN 1913-2220 (online). [skatīts 15.07.2014.] Pieejams:
3. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. [tiešsaiste]. Published by Elsevier Science. ISSN 0095-0696 (print): ISSN 1096-0449 (online). [skatīts 14.07.2014.] Pieejams ScienceDirect:

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas valsts meži. [tiešsaite]. [skatīts 16.04.2014.] Pieejams:
2. TOPOS - Quarterly journal on International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Projects. [tiešsaite]. Published by Callwey Verlag. ISSN: 0942-752X [skatīts 14.07.2014.] Pieejams:
3. Journal of rural engineering and development.[tiešsaite]. Began publication in 1963 -vol. 29(6); -Nov./Dez. 1988
Zeitschrift für Kulturtechnik und Flurbereinigung : Forschung u. Praxis d. landwirtschaftl. Wasserbaues u. d. Landeskultur = Journal of rural engineering and development. - Berlin ; Hamburg : Parey 4.1963,2 - 29.1988 ISSN: 0044-2984.