The present electronic manual is an essential part for the English language course for the students of the Information technologies department, the first year of the Master program. Its main goal is to provide well-structured and up-to-date training and practical material for the students in the field of English. IT students have extensive contact with English on everyday basis, so there are a lot of areas where they search for extra information and knowledge. While teaching the corresponding course to IT students I have introduced to them a lot of topics that are closely related to their professional skills as well as the ones that are located in the periphery with their professional knowledge, but after mastering which they can gain something new and useful for their professional level. For this manual I have chosen only the topics which were picked up by my students as the most useful and the material for which was selected on the basis of the professional directions of students studying Information Technologies. As for other topics and related materials they are incorporated only into this electronic manual which provides the self-standing software product with the Modules devoted to this or that topic with a variety of activities and material to go with each one for students’ independent work and results exchange in class or with a teacher. Some information and materials incorporated into the paper manual will also be included into the electronic version.
In the following section of Introduction to the manual I would like to present the Topics for the course and the corresponding descriptions of the aspects that comprise this or that Topic with a short mentioning of the way this material are presented in the corresponding section.
In order to identify the Topics of interest for the IT students I have create a list of themes that included various aspects and skills of the English language in general accompanied by a specific selection of material for specialists in Computer Studies. Students were supposed to give to each topic from 0 to 10 points depending on how interesting it seems to be for them. The most popular topics were chosen for the course, we were able to cover 6-8 Topics per academic year. The plan of work with each Module or Topic contained some kind of theoretical explanation of the theme with some illustrative material and it was followed by some practical activities first being done in a guided form, having such activities as various exercises with some textual or audio material being demonstrated, as well as some activities to widen students’ active vocabulary, some written tasks and so on, thus often providing training in all language skills. The next step was comprised of activities that asked for more independent work from students, such as round table discussions, master classes, set up false identity activities, and as a result each student had to choose an appropriate topic for 1 or 2 presentations during the semester and/or a final one, the topics for presentations were provided in advance and students had to subscribe to them through google.docs.
Further you see the list of the most popular topics that are included into the paper manual accompanied by the obligatory tasks. The same topics are available in this electronic manual with additional exercises and tasks that allow students to get more points during the academic year.
1. Academic writing: a summary, a review, an annotation, etc;
2. Business English: Job Hunting and Interviewing: vacancies, CV and cover letter, interviews, evaluating results;
3. International English exams: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge exams, Professional exams;
4. Traveling: business trips, research journeys and tourist travels;
5. Slang: British and American slang, IT slang;
6. Writing successful e-mails;
Other topics that were included on the list of themes offered to the Master IT students as well as the ones students offered themselves with brief overview are the following. It is necessary to mention that these Modules are not included into the paper manual, but are only available in the framework of the electronic manual:
1. Difficulties in English grammar;
2. English pronunciation;
3. Phrasal verbs;
4. Authentic non-adapted English literature and other materials (songs, movies, etc) to improve;
5. Written translation;
6. Some British and other English speaking countries historical, literary, cultural , etc material;
7. History of the English language (OPTIONAL);
9. Various native and non-native accents in English;
10. Educational systems (Eastern and Western Europe, English speaking countries) (OPTIONAL);
11. Foreign words borrowed into English (OPTIONAL);
12. British and American humour (OPTIONAL);
13. Express methods of teaching and improving English (OPTIONAL);
14. Perception of Russians by various foreigners (OPTIONAL);