English Writing for Audit Department

Advanced English Programmer

(16 acad. hours)

The Programmer is aimed at better mastering the most common English difficulties met with by Russian-speaking students in composing official documents and other written matters in English. It has been scheduled to the 16-hour practical training course with elements of applicative (rather than theoretical) grammar, phraseology and stylistics. The entire teaching material is thus divided into eight 2-hour lecture pairs intended for two full learning days.

Admitting the fact that nearly all the students are supposed to be almost fluent in spoken English, the main problem appears to become the concentration on the integrity of English grammar on the one hand, and dividing it into various topics, on the other. According to this, every pair of course lectures has been planned as a separate unit including appropriate materials, as uniform as possible, from the following thematic items: – grammar, – functions, – cohesion, – organization, – tone. Each division thereof is accompanied with current vocabulary enrichment and punctuation training (all with respective exercises). A certain part of every lesson is assigned for analyzing and correcting the textual mistakes, both made by the students during the lecture and suggested by the teacher as typical patterns.


Unit 1 (hours 1-2)

  1. English verb tenses: general concept. Present simple:
    • 1st Conditional;
    • Future time clauses;
    • Modals;
    • Infinitive, Gerund & Present participle;
    • Passive voice & Past participle;
    • Relative clauses.
  2. Functions:
    • Reference;
    • Polite phrases;
    • Belief & opinion;
    • Assumption;
    • Suggestion & offering;
    • Advise & recommendation;
    • Obligation, need, possibility & probability;
    • Like, dislike & desire;
    • Focusing attention & emphasizing;
    • Sequencing & listing.

Unit 2 (hours 3-4)

  1. Future tenses.

Complicated tenses: modal

Conditional & Subjunctive moods

Relative clauses

Sequence of tenses


Phrasal verbs and verb-based expressions:

Expressions with do & make

bring & take


set & put

come & go


Miscellaneous expression (with break, run, turn, let etc.)

Varieties of English



Adjectives -ing, -ed


Connecting & linking

Time (e.g. as soon as, while, afterwards)

Condition (e.g. unless, provided that)

Cause, reason, purpose & result (e.g. owing to, with the aim of, as a result)

Concession and contrast (although, on the other hand)

Addition (in addition, furthermore, besides)

Text-referring words (e.g. issue, problem)

Notional concepts

Obligations, needs, possibility and probability

Possession, giving and lending

Feelings and actions

Belief and opinion

Fixed expressions:

Similes — as… as/like…


Idioms connected with using language

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