Course code ValoP229

Credit points 1

Professional English I

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Date of course confirmation26.03.2014

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developer

author lect.

Irina Orlova

Mg. philol.

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 the mastering of language skills in various forms and levels of communication – reading, speaking, listening, and writing focusing on the terminology of civil engineering

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• knowledge - terminology related to architecture, engineering, construction, professional information in the English language; the knowledge of the 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, seminars, making presentations. Students are able to use professional terminology in various communicative situations . They are able to search, select, structure and analyse necessary information in a foreign language on the web, use professional dictionaries
• competence - students have improved the competence of professional foreign language in order to use both spoken and written foreign language corresponding to a communicative situation: professional activity, student mobility and in academic environment.

Compulsory reading

1. Ibbotson M. Cambridge English for Engineering. ISBN-10: 0521715180. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008. 112 p.
2. Ibbotson M. Professional English in Use. Engineering. ISBN-10: 0521734886 | ISBN-13: 978-0521734882 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009. 144 p.
3. Killers V.K. Latviešu – angļu ilustrētā būvniecības terminu vārdnīca.ISBN10: 5401010583, ISBN13: 9785401010582 . Rīga: ‘Avots’, 1999. 203. lpp.
4. Bonamy D. Technical English 2 (Pre-inter).ISBN 13: 9781405845540 ISBN 10: 1405845546 Pearson Education Ltd, 2008. 124 p.

Further reading

1. Graham P. Building Ecology: first principles for a sustainable built environment. ISBN-10: 0632064137 | ISBN-13: 978-0632064137. Oxford: Blackwell Science 2003. 290 p.
2. Badger I., Pedley S. Everyday Business Writing. ISBN: 0582539722 Pearson Education Ltd, 2008. 95 p.
3. Love T., W. Construction manual: concrete and form work. ISBN 10: 0910460035 / ISBN 13: 9780910460033. Craftsman Book Company, 2005. 158 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Building Design and Construction (žurnāls) ISSN: 0007-3407
2. Latvijas Būvniecība (žurnāls) ISSN 1691-4058.
3. Civil Engineering (žurnāls) ISSN: 0885-7024