1604 English

1604 English for Specific Purposes

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1st Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 8 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: /
  • Tutorial: 75
  • Other forms of study: 85
  • Individual work: 80
  • Lecturer: Vida Zorko



1. Objectives and competences



  • to help students develop the skills for reading and understanding professional and academic texts
  • students develop competences to deliver successful oral presentations
  • students successfully function in an international higher education environment
  • students develop competences for writing formal correspondence and texts
  • students effectively transfer oral and written messages from Slovene into English and vice versa.

Ability to:

  • understand professional and academic texts in the field of public administration
  • prepare and deliver successful oral presentations
  • successfully function in an international higher education environment
  • write formal correspondence and texts
  • effectively transfer oral and written messages from Slovene into English and vice versa.


2. Content

  • Strategies for learning English for specific purposes
  • Foreign language competences in higher education study
  • Paragraph structure
  • Summarising texts and defining terms
  • Dictionaries and terminology data bases
  • Features of formal writing
  • Formal email correspondence
  • Job profiles in public administration
  • Attending a job interview
  • Features of English legal texts
  • Features of academic English
  • Oral presentation skills

3. Readings

  • Danko, M., Lindner, R. in Zorko, V. (20189) Developing English language skills for students of public administration. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo.
  • Izbrani aktualni članki in besedila za medpredmetno povezavo ter ustne nastope (vira: https://www.sciencedirect.com/ in https://www.theguardian.com/international).
  • Terminološka zbirka izrazov Evroterm. Dostopno na: www.evroterm.gov.si/index.php
  • Oxford Collocations Dictionary for students of English (http://www.freecollocation.com/).
  • Macmillan Dictionary Online (http://www.macmillandictionary.com/).


4. Intended learning outcomes


Students will be able to:

  • use basic grammatical and functional structures relevant the field of public administration;
  • use public administration vocabulary in spoken and written discourse;
  • coherently summarise and paraphrase written and oral messages in English;
  • deliver quality oral presentations in English;
  • produce written and oral specialised texts in a foreign language;
  • autonomously use online language resources.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • student preparations for tutorials
  • tutorials
  • e-learning
  • seminar work with oral presentation
  • intercurricural collaboration

6. Assessment

  • written semester test (15%)
  • seminar work with oral presentation (10%)
  • written (or oral) exam (and oral exam if required) (60%)
  • e- assignments and active participation in lectures and tutorials (15%)