Course code Valo3030

Credit points 6

Professional English

Total Hours in Course162

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes64

Independent study hours98

Date of course confirmation19.01.2022

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Tatjana Šinkus

Dr. paed.

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in professional foreign language studies with the purpose of extending the students professional qualifications and improving the student’s communication skills with foreign students and specialists. The programme envisages the mastering of language skills in various forms and levels of

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: have acquired computer science terminology, use of abbreviations. Students have acquired terms in the following fields:
 university studies, social networking and information exchange, computer hardware, internet security, cyber-attacks (Test);
 web design, data storage, artificial intelligence, video games, programming (Final test).
Skills: 1) is able to use the foreign language to search for information and present results of independent work; 2) is able to translate and analyse technical and professional text
- practical work, oral presentations, independent work.
Competence – informative, communicative, professional.
Students are able to use professional terminology and communicative skills: in writing (essay, translation, academic writing) and orally (participating in discussions, creating dialogues, giving a presentation) - practical work, independent work, oral presentations, team work.
Assessment takes place in each lesson, regularly checking the completed tasks.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. University studies, motivation, study levels and programs. Text analysis, discussion. Effective communication. 4h
2. Social networking and information exchange. Text analysis, discussion. Effective communication. 4h
3. Computer hardware: terminology. Text translation. 4h
4. Internet security. Descriptive game, developing grammar skills: forming questions. Elements of business communication. 4h
5. Cyber-attacks. Academic Essay writing: analytical type. 4h
6. Test (speaking, reading, terminology, listening). 4h
7. Web Design: glossary. Web Page evaluation: analysis, discussion in pairs, stating opinions. Corporate culture.4 h
8. Data storage. Word building: grammar, forming collocations. Reading aloud: pronunciation, intonation. Corporate responsibility.4h
9. Artificial Intelligence. Group discussion. Interviews. 4h
10. Humanoid Robots. Academic Essay writing: analytical type. 4h
11. Video games. Presentations in pairs. Marketing. 4h
12. Programming: text analysis, terminology. Text translation. 4h
13. Academic writing skills: describing a situation, a problem, a change academically. 4h
14. Individual work results' presentation and discussion. 4h
15. Individual work results' presentation and discussion. 4h
16. International business: politeness, intercultural communication skills.4 h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Evaluation type: examination. It is made up of cumulative assessment.
The Final Test (examination) consists of:
• a terminology test,
• reading tasks,
• listening tasks,
• question for discussion.
A student is admitted to the examination if there are: successfully written tests, semester group work and individual tasks (home reading 10 A4 pages). The number of the missed classes shall not exceed 20% of the total number of auditorium classes.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent work and tasks:
• Individual independent tasks are an essay, translation and analysis of professional texts. The aim of the individual independent assignments is to develop students' skills in using a foreign language to search for information and to analyse professional texts, as well as to evaluate knowledge of terminology and abbreviations used in computer science, translation of technical and professional texts and academic plagiarism.
• Group work presentations are the result of team work. Depending on the task, presentations can be prepared in an auditorium or at home. The aim of group work presentations is to develop skills in using a foreign language for searching information, oral presentations, teamwork; to develop informative, communicative and professional competences, as well as to evaluate the knowledge of terminology used in computer science and of presentations making.
Home reading (10 A4 pages) is an independently selected professional text on a topic related to the field of study. Home reading analysis includes a brief presentation of the content, text analysis and answers to questions. The aim of home reading is to develop skills in using a foreign language for information search, professional text analysis and oral presentations as well as informational, communicative and professional competence; to evaluate knowledge of terminology used in computer science, presentation making, academic plagiarism.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Cumulative evaluation: tests (15%) + group work presentations (20%) + individual assignments (40%) + home reading analysis (5%) + exam (20%)
The assessment according to the 10 point scale.

Compulsory reading

1. Olejniczak M. English for Information Technology. Pearson Longman, 2011. 79 p. ISBN: 9781408269961 N2. Hill D. English for Information Technology: Level 2. Pearson Education ESL, 2013. 80 p. ISBN: 9781408269909
3. Ricca-McCarthy T., Duckworth, M. English for Telecoms and Information Technology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 95 p. ISBN: 9780194569590
4. Davies P.A. Oxford Bookworms Library Factfiles Stage 3: Information Technology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. 72 p. ISBN: 9780194233927

Further reading

1. Esteras S.R. Infotech: English for computer users. 4th Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 168 p. ISBN: 9780521702997
2. Esteras S.R., Fabre E.M. Professional English in Use: intermediate to advanced: ICT. For Computers and the Internet. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 118 p. ISBN: 9780521685436
3. McNair A., Smallwood F.G.I. Language for Study: Level 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 186 p. ISBN 9781107681101

Periodicals and other sources

1. Downing D. et al. Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms. Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2012. 592 p. ISBN: 9780764147555
2. How Stuff Works [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 26.01.2022.] Pieejams:
3. English for Information Technology [Tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 26.01.2022.] Pieejams:


The course is included in the compulsory part of the study program "Computer Control and Computer Science".