Course code ValoP296

Credit points 2

Professional English II

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation21.01.2015

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developers

author lect.

Aija Pētersone

Mg. paed.

author lect.

Diana Svika

Mg. paed.

Prior knowledge

ValoP295, Professional English I

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in professional English 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, writing focusing on the terminology of wood processing and related fields.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students know terms from the field of:
- woodworking machines – circular saws, band saws, routers, grinders, work safety, wood cutting processes, cutting sawlogs, edging, bucking and drying of sawn timber (Test No 1);
- production of veneer and plywood, production methods, types of plywood, particle boards and their types, raw materials and production technologies, adhesives used in wood processing, their types, properties and gluing technologies,
types of joints used in joinery (Test No 2).
Students are able to apply professional terminology and skills: in writing an essay, summaries, business letters; orally in discussions, dialogues, role plays, giving a presentation.
The assessment according to the 10 point scale.

Course Content(Calendar)

Woodworking machines. General characterization.
2. Safety requirements for woodworking machines and tools. Work safety.
3. Cutting sawlogs. Edging and bucking of sawn timber.
4. Test 1. Production of veneer. Production of plywood.
5. Production of particle boards.
6. Adhesives used in wood processing. Gluing technologies.
7. Wood work. Design. Joinery.
8. Joiner`s profession. Wood working with hand tools.
9. Types of joints used in joinery. Forming technique of joints and their durability.
10. Test 2. Furniture production. Tree species used in furniture production. Furniture styles.
11. Furniture repair and restoration. Traditions of craft and furniture making in Latvia..
12. Wood-carving. Wood-carving tools.
13. Environmentally friendly timber industry. Wood fuel.
14. Business communication. Formal letters. Cover letter. Invitation to a conference. CV.
15. Formal and informal electronic letters. Telephone conversations.
16. Presentation about a topic related to the speciality.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Assessment: Examination. The examination consists of: - a terminology test,- a presentation. A student is allowed to take the examination if there are: successfully written 2 tests, timely completed homework, completed individual work (reading of professional texts, the prepared PowerPoint presentation on the selected topic, the glossary of terms). Tests and homework 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

1. Individual work:
a) reading of the independently chosen professional texts (the amount: 20 000 characters);
b) prepared PowerPoint presentation and oral presentation (8-10 minutes) in front of the class;
c) a written summary;
d) submitted glossary of terms (30 translations of terms, 20 definitions).
2. Pair or group work presentation (5 -7 minutes) on a topic related to the study course.

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 60% of the answers are correct.

Compulsory reading

1. Bowyer J.L.,Shmulsky R., Haygreen J.G. Forest Products and Wood Science. Iowa: Iowa State Press A Blackwell Publishing Company, 2003. 554 p. ISBN 0813826543.
2. Coulson J. Wood in Construction: How to Avoid Costly Mistakes. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 208 p. ISBN 9780470657775
3. Hill C.A.S. Wood Modification: Chemical, Thermal and Other Processes. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2006. 239 p. ISBN 9780470021729
4.Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material. General Technical Report. USDA, Madison. 2010, 508 p.[Tiešsaiste][Skatīts 08.03.2016.]. Pieejams:

Further reading

1.Badger I., Pedley S. Everyday Business Writing. Pearson Education Ltd. 2008. 95 p. ISBN 0582539722
2.Forest Sector Terminology. Glossary of forest sector terminology used in the European Union and other international legislation. English - Latvian - English. TTC, Meža attīstības fonds. Rīga: Madris, 2007. 151 p. ISBN 978-9984-31-433-4
3.Mežtehnikas, mežsaimniecības un kokrūpniecības terminu vārdnīca. Rīga: Antera, 1998. 671 lpp. ISBN 9984-9313-0-7

Periodicals and other sources

1. Baltic Timber Journal. ISSN-1691-0494.
2. Forestry. An International Journal of Forest Research. ISSN 0015-752X.
3. International Wood Projects Journal. ISSN 2042-6445.


The course is included in the compulsory part of the study programme “Wood Processing”.