Course code ValoP060

Credit points 1.50

Professional English II

Total Hours in Course60

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes24

Date of course confirmation20.12.2011

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developers

author Valodu centrs

Dace Skrupska

Mg. paed.

author Valodu centrs

Diana Svika

Mg. paed.

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in professional foreign languages with the express purpose of extending the students` professional qualification and improving the students` communication skills with foreign students and specialists (including work placement abroad, participation in guest lectures, work in joint venture companies, etc.).The study course envisages mastering of language skills in various forms and levels of communication – reading, speaking, listening and writing focusing on the terminology of forest engineering and related fields.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course the students will have:
• knowledge – of forest engineering terminology: including the specialisms in forest machinery, dendrology, silviculture, forest and environmental protection and knowledge of language use in the professional area.
• skills - students are able to apply the knowledge and communicative skills, including reading, speaking, listening and writing skills, in their professional activities, participating in discussions, creating dialogues, making presentations. Students are able to use professional terminology in communicative situations (telephone conversations, job interviews, business correspondence, etc.) and find the necessary information in foreign language on-line, structurize and classify it.
• competence - students have improved the competence of professional foreign language in order to apply it creatively in spoken and written communication for professional activities, student mobility and in academic environment.

Compulsory reading

1. Ridsdale C., White J., Usher C. Trees. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2005. 360 p.
2. Drushka K., Konttinen H. Tracks in the Forest. The Evolution of Logging Machinery. Helsinki: Timberjack Group, 2007. 254 p.
3. St-Amour M. Semi-mechanized precommercial strip thinning. A practical operations guide. Vol.8, No.1. Vancouver: FERIC, 2007. 43 p.
4. Bettinger P., Boston K. Forest Management and Planning. Burlington, MA : Academic Press, 2009. 331 p.

Further reading

1. Johnson O., More D. Tree Guide. The most complete field guide to the trees. UK: Harper Collins Publishers, 2004. 464 p.
2. Forestry and Environmental Issues. [tiešsaiste] (skatīts 02.11.2011.). Pieejams:
3. Nilsson N.E. The Forests. National Atlas of Sweden. The National Board of Forestry. Stockholm: SNA, 1990. 144 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Forest Harvesting Bulletin. Vol. 11. FAO, 2001. ISBN 7-5038-1936-7
2. Baltic Timber Journal. ISSN-1691-0494.
3. Baltic Forestry. Journal of Forest Science in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. ISSN 1392-1355.