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Expanding and Improving the English Language and Culture Education of Ukrainian Tertiary Students Majoring in English

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The article discusses an innovative course taught to students majoring in English at Ukrainian universities. The course called “Specific Features of the English Language and English-Speaking Nations’ Cultures in the Context of International Communication” was designed to eliminate the lack of a number of issues that must be included in the curriculum of English language and culture studies to be learned by such students but which are ordinarily not included there because each of them cannot make the subject matter of a separate university course and does not fit into the traditionally taught courses. The issues in question embrace: the specific (global or planetary) role of English among other languages of international communication; World Englishes, International English and English as a lingua franca and how to choose the variety of English to be taught as a foreign language; the specifics of business negotiations in English in intercultural contexts, business presentations in English, and business telephoning in English in such contexts; communicative behavioral etiquette (verbal and non-verbal) in intercultural communication in English; lifestyle communicative behavioral patterns of the English-speaking nations. The paper shows how teaching these issues enriches and improves the English language and culture education of English major students expanding that education and relevant practical training to fit much better the international and intercultural contexts of communication in English.

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Periodical:
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 87)
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32-40
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O. Tarnopolsky, "Expanding and Improving the English Language and Culture Education of Ukrainian Tertiary Students Majoring in English", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 87, pp. 32-40, 2019
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May 2019
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