Course code SDSKP057
Faculty Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 15 17 48
E-courses 2SDSP057: The Geography, History, Culture and Education of the English Speaking Countries
Course annotation During the study course students have a possibility to acquire and make use of study contents and language integrated as well as the task based English language acquisition approach to deepen their knowledge about the English speaking countries, their geography cultural history and education and improve their skills to teach the English language at school more effectively and comprehensively.
The objectives of the course are the following:
- to give students a possibility to acquire knowledge about the English speaking countries;
- to help students to learn how to integrate the course material into the English language classes in order to give school students general overview of the English speaking countries and facilitate a comprehensive acquisition of the English language;
- to help students how to practically use the course material in order to acquire the course material and meet the requirements more efficiently;

- to improve different students’ professional skills using the course material (e.g. presentation making skills, discussion skills,etc).
Results
After successfully mastering the course, students will be able to show :
Knowledge :
1. Students are expected to gain comprehensive knowledge about the geography, history, culture and education, notable personalities,current events and topical themes of the English speaking countries;
2. Students will further improve their general knowledge of English related to the course themes.
Skills:
3. Students will develop skills to prepare and present projects on cultural and historical themes,will develop discussion ,question asking and argumentation skills.
4. Students will develop independent working skills – how to find,select,systematize, adapt and integrate the
course material into the English language classes at school;
Competences:
5. Students will develop their critical thinking skills,ability to think analytically,compare and evaluate different cultural and historical processes to give a grounded evaluation of these processes and phenomenon.

6. Students will practise micro-teaching thus improving learning,teaching and evaluation skills;
Course plan 1. Introduction. The beginning of a discussion about the English speaking countries L 1, S 1
2. The development of the learning material about the heritage of Iberians,Celts,Romans L 1, S 1
3. The development of discussion skills about the theme – the Anglo-Saxon period L 1, S 1
4. The skills of asking questions about Scandinavian Viking times, the cultural heritage and the contribution of the Normans to the development of culture L 1, S 1
5. The basic principles of critical thinking and their application in the study process,theme the beginnings and development of parliament,life in the Middle Ages L 1, S 1
6. The skills development to notice and analyze the causes and consequences of different events,the 14th century, the most important events, Strengthening of national identity. Pre-Renaissance period. L2
7. Getting ready for a seminar, practical guidelines. Conducting a seminar. The 16th century. The Reformation and its consequences S2
8.The preparation for presentations and their management The 16th century The Renaissance. The development of education and science S2
9. The development of presentation evaluation criteria.The 17th century. Puritanism,its roots and development.The British colonial expansion L 2
10. The ways of integrating study materials.The 18th century. The Industrial revolution and its consequences.The consolidation of the British Empire.The culture of the Enlightenment L 2
11. The ways of integrating study materials.The19th century – the development of liberalism and democracy. The Romanticism. The cultural life of Victorian period..Changes in the education system L 2
12. The awareness and acquisition of independent learning skills. The 20th century.The collapse of the British Empire,causes and consequences. The beginnings of modernism L 2
13. The manifestation and application of independent learning skills. The 20th century. The period between two world wars. Modernism in art and literature S2
14. Micro-teaching and learning principles. The characterization of the post war period. The development of the English speaking countries.The education system,its diversity and problems P2
15. Practising and evaluating of micro-teaching and learning.The historical and cultural heritage to the English speaking countries. The main achievements and problems P2
16. The defence, analysis and assessment of term projects P 2

Total 32
Requirements for obtaining credit points
Compulsory attendance of lectures and seminars.
Students will be asked to do regular home tasks – to find additional material on the current theme and to find answers to problem questions.
Students are to take an active part in discussions and talks.
Students are to prepare a material portfolio.
Mid-term assessment is made up from:
A mark for seminars and material portfolio 25%
Test - written 25%

The final exam mark is made up of:
1) mid term test results = material portfolio 25% + test 25%
2) project preparation and presentation 20% (oral)

3) Final term exam (written or oral ) 30%
Study programmes Teacher of the German Language
Preschool Teacher
Teacher of Physical Education
Basic Education Teacher of English
Secondary Education English Language Teacher
Teacher of Handicraft and Technologies, Home Economics
Secondary Education English Language Teacher [Eng.]
Teacher of Culturology
Teacher of Primary School Education
Teacher of the English Language
Teacher of Informatics and Programming
Teacher of Visual Art
Teacher of the Latvian Language and Literature
Teacher of the English Language in Secondary School
Teacher of the English Language in Secondary School