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Course title Professional English II
Course code ValoP272
Credit points (ECTS) 3
Total Hours in Course 81
Number of hours for seminars and practical classes 32
Independent study hours 49
Date of course confirmation 17/03/2021
Responsible Unit Language Centre
Course developers
Mg. philol., pasn. Irina Orlova

Prior knowledge
ValoP271, Professional English I
Course abstract
The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in professional English language 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
Students know terms from the field of construction and civil engineering. Students are able to apply professional terminology and skills. Evaluation: test (pass/fail)
Course Content(Calendar)
1.Sustainable building. Modern Technologies in construction. International communication.2h
2.Material formats. Comparing and evaluating (written work) 2h
3.Structural elements. Substructure.2h
4.Pile foundations., vertical structures, beams, walls.2h
5.Superstructure. Flooring. Roofs and stairs.2h
6.Interior work. Windows and donors, gates. Classification and construction. Glazing.2h
7.Interconnections and their elements. Writing an annotation.2h
8.Carpenter’s and joiner’s work. Furniture.2h
9.Interior work. Floor pavement. Walls.2h
10.Fittings. Roofing, water insulation.2h
11.Fittings. Heat insulation. Process and result relationship description.2h
12.Electrician’s work. Wall outlets. Lighting.2h
13.Water supply. Pipelines and fittings. Basics of presentation making.2h
14.Sewage systems. Runwater discharge. Making a good presentatio.2h
15.Term work presentation.2h 16.Term work presentation.2h
Requirements for awarding credit points
Productive classwork, homeworks, sucessfully passed tests and topic presentation
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; Submitted glossary of terms.
Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes
Based on successful course requirements completion.
Compulsory reading
1. Bonamy D. Technical English 2 (Pre-inter). Pearson Education Ltd, 2008. 124 p. ISBN 13: 9781405845540 ISBN 10: 1405845546
2. Ibbotson M. Cambridge English for Engineering. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008. 112 p. ISBN-10: 0521715180
3. Ibbotson M. Professional English in Use. Engineering. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009. 144 p. ISBN-10: 0521734886 | ISBN-13: 978-0521734882 4. Killers V.K. Latviešu – angļu ilustrētā būvniecības terminu vārdnīca.. Rīga: Avots, 1999. 203 lpp. ISBN10: 5401010583, ISBN13: 9785401010582
Further reading
1. Graham P. Building Ecology: first principles for a sustainable built environment. Oxford: Blackwell, Science, 2003. 290 p. ISBN-10: 0632064137 | ISBN-13: 978-0632064137.
2. Badger I., Pedley S. Everyday Business Writing. Pearson Education Ltd, 2008. 95 p. ISBN: 0582539722 3. Love T., W. Construction manual: concrete and form work. Craftsman Book Company, 2005. 158 p. ISBN 10: 0910460035 / ISBN 13: 9780910460033
Periodicals and other sources
1. Building Design and Construction. [tiešsaiste]. ISSN: 0007-3407. skatīts 10.03.2021.]. Pieejams:
2. Latvijas būvniecība : ceļvedis būvniecības nozares virzītājiem. Rīga: Lilita. ISSN 1691-4058. 3. Civil Engineering. [tiešsaiste]. Publisher : American Society of Civil Engineers. ISSN: 0885-7024 [skatīts 10.03.2021.]. Pieejams EBSCO datubāzēs:
The course is designed for civil engineering students and is included in the compulsory programme.