English Language Department №4

English Language Department #4 is part of the School of International Business and Business Administration and provides courses in English for future managers specialising in international business and management.

The Department is headed by Associate Professor Svetlana N. Ledeneva, PhD in Psycholinguistics. Her academic interests also include reading fluency development, content-based instruction and research methods.

The courses offered by the Department meet the requirements of the Federal State Educational Standards (2015).

The English Syllabi facilitate the development of competencies enabling graduates to launch a career in international business and increase their employment marketability.

The departmental Methodology Council acts as a sounding board for innovative ideas, methods and techniques in foreign language teaching.

The staff have developed and piloted teaching materials that comprise current topics both in General English and ESP as well as high-interest cross-cultural content. The classes combine language input with a variety of creative and interactive tasks, which receive students’ positive feedback. Modern approaches to language teaching motivate students in the classroom and foster their academic autonomy.

As a result of organizational restructuring in 2016 the Faculty of English Department 5 joined English Department 4 to enhance the diversity of offered educational programs with two unique Syllabi of Management of the Environment and Natural Resources and Trade and Commerce. The program of Management of the Environment and Natural Resources is a unique product on the Russian market of educational services aimed at training experts in such highly demanded professional fields as international environmental and corporate sustainability problems. Graduates of the program will become competent and aware decision makers with regards to such pressing issues of international economy and business as sustainable global economic development, corporate responsibility and environmental problems, being able to develop systemic solutions to these challenges. Trade and Commerce undergraduate program focuses on developing research and methodological skills giving a broad appreciation of all aspects of global trade in goods and services as well as empowering students to solve practical issues of project management and trade deals negotiation expertise on various commodity markets.

Besides teaching and material writing, the majority of academic staff are engaged in research — they have many publications in Linguistics, Literature, Teaching Methods, Pedagogy and take part in local, national and international professional events, attend conferences, and participate in round-table discussions and workshops. They also use opportunities to continue their professional development by taking English language enhancing courses at universities and language schools in Great Britain.

The Department hosts the following programmes and courses

Baccalaureate Degree Programmes:

English as First Foreign Language (EAFFL)

The course aims at grooming English-speaking managers for the international business sector. Students have ten contact hours of English weekly throughout the course.

The English course is split into two cycles: 1) Level B1/B2 (is designed for 1st and 2nd year students) aims to brush up basic grammar and build up vocabulary as well as improve reading, speaking, listening and writing skills. 2) Advanced level is intended for the 3d and 4th years — at this stage English gradually becomes the tool for mastering communicative and systemic competencies in academic, social and professional spheres.

The Syllabus comprises two main Modules: General English and ESP (English for Economics and Management). General English, based on authentic teaching materials, also includes British and American Studies.

English for Specific Purposes embraces Commercial Correspondence and Business Translation. To provide early professional training Business English is introduced in the second year of study. Apart from translation skills, classes in ESP hone students’ communicative and analytical skills, develop their ability to discourse on economic and business issues, teach them how to make presentations and reports on professional topics and encourage learners to participate in debates and round-table discussions. Commercial Correspondence provides training in written communication, telephoning, negotiating and writing business documents.

Regularly updated teaching materials, taken from mass media and fiction, cover timely economic and social issues and include authentic business documentation.

Pursuant to the principle of life-long learning, great emphasis in the Course is placed on students’ academic autonomy and their work outside the classroom. MGIMO vast intranet resources, rich in various English courses, documentaries, feature films, interviews and business news create an opportunity for students’ learning at their own pace.

Associate Professor Tatiana V. Ledeneva, Leader of English as First Foreign Language Programme, PhD in English Philology from Moscow State University.

English as a Second Foreign Language

Department of English Language 4 runs a course of English as a Second Foreign Language (EASFL) at the School of International Business and Business Administration.

The students of the faculty who studied English at school and met the Unified State Exam standards in English enroll on this course because they understand the importance of English as a global language. They realize that proficiency in English is pivotal to their future careers in international business and want to upgrade their knowledge and acquire business communicative competencies.

The main objectives of EASFL course rest on the following:

  • Common Reference Scales of Language Proficiency
  • Student employability profile in Business Management
  • English teaching methodology
  • Cross-cultural business communication
  • MGIMO traditions and experience in foreign languages teaching

The course of EASFL lasts three years and begins in the second year of university studies. According to the Curriculum students have six contact hours of English weekly, but the course objectives and its constituent parts vary at different stages. The emphasis on professional communication increases from year to year.

In the first year English is mainly taught for general purposes with the emphasis on grammar and vocabulary building. Though the development of four global skills: reading, speaking, listening and writing is the focal point of the syllabus, professional competencies are also given due attention from the start. Business listening, speaking and writing skills are introduced in the video course Office English.

In the second year of the course the focus of attention shifts further to professional skills in business contexts. Apart from General English, students take up English for Specific Purposes (ESP): Economic Translation and Business Correspondence. Some business areas and communicative situations covered are:

— International trade. Protectionism. Free trade.
— Entering international markets. Transnational strategic alliances.
— Logistics.
— Marketing.

  • Business letter structure and layout.
  • Enquiry.
  • Quotation.

General English at this stage also addresses the problems important for contemporary business: business ethics, environmentally responsible business practices, demographic tendencies, new technologies, etc. Students also develop skills required in professional business situations: negotiating/debating, brainstorming, writing business reports and proposals.

In their last year, participants in the programme do tasks and activities which are exclusively set in the context of international business. The skills and competencies gained at previous stages are enhanced; new skills, such as giving mini presentations, doing real life tasks, business cases and public speaking are acquired. In Economic Translation and Business Correspondence students increase their subject-specific vocabulary and hone translation, writing, negotiating and telephoning skills. They also improve analytical, transferable, decision-making and other relevant skills in the following business areas:

— Business cycle. Business Crisis. Unemployment.
— Types of economic activity. The state of economy and its assessment.
— Markets. Supply and demand.
— Export. Import.
— Trade and payment balance.
— Banking. Securities.

  • Agents and agency agreements.
  • Payments.
  • Claims and arbitration.

On top of all, students gain translation and interpreting skills enabling them to work in a bilingual international environment.

The levels of proficiency achieved at different stages of the course correspond to Common Reference Scales of Language Proficiency set forth in the European Language Portfolio: first year — A2, second year — B1, third year — B2. The speaking, listening and writing tasks administered at the graduation exam are similar to those of BEC Vantage.
The course teaching/ learning materials are authentic, written by the renowned British authors. There are also tailor-made course-and guidebooks as well as intranet materials designed by the department staff in line with the latest tendencies in foreign language teaching methodology.

The authors of a series of course books for students learning English as a Second Foreign Language took part in the Federal Innovative Educational Programme in 2007 and became its grantees.

Associate Professor Tatiana V. Andriukhina, Leader of English as a Second Foreign Language Programme, received a PhD in Linguistics from Moscow State Linguistic University. Her main research interests are: discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, conceptual metaphor and TEFL.

Master’s Degree Programme

English Course at the Masters level is designed to meet the needs of graduates who major in Management and are trained to work in an international business environment. Given different programme specializations, study schedules and the number of contact hours allotted to English, the English language syllabi are adjusted to a particular area of students’ specialization: International Business, Management of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (dual degree), International Business in Oil and Gas Industry (dual degree), Sustainable Development and Strategic Management in the Energy Sector (dual degree), Sociology of Managing Innovative Development, International Business Management.

The syllabi differ in content areas and lexis, though the targeted core competencies are those set forth in the Federal State Educational Standards (2015).

The Programme consists of two modules — General and Business English and ESP (English for Economics and Management). It aims to further enhance a wide range of language competencies of Programme participants who intend to pursue careers in international business and beyond. It is interdisciplinary in approach and draws heavily on students’ knowledge in core subjects. The Programme focuses on developing students’ academic and research skills and their implementation in management practices, thus encouraging them to use English in further postgraduate studies.

The course also covers intercultural communication and attitude to otherness in its many guises (racial, ethnic, and cultural) and aims to provide students with an understanding of how cultural differences impact on human interaction in both the workplace and social contexts.

Apart from language and communication skills this course focuses on strengthening students’ ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate primary and secondary sources, enhances critical and creative thinking, hones skills in planning and implementing small-scale research projects, develops aptitude for sustained and independent argument and capacity for critical self-reflection.

The course embraces sensitive gender relations in a company, the issues like time management, soft skills, leadership, team-building, ethical aspects of doing business, CSR practices and many others that span economy and society.

The students are expected to bring in their own personal skills via presentations and reports, intellectual discussions, case-studies and critical incidents, conferences, role plays, individual and group projects.

The Translation Module encompasses the common business terms, terminology, professional jargon and business idioms pertaining to a broad range of contemporary micro- and macro- economic issues as well as the art of translation per se. The Module familiarizes students with cutting-edge business practices across industries, innovative management, the latest developments in global economy, etc.

Assessment takes place against clear criteria and learning outcomes. Assessed activities range from essay writing to presentations, participation in role plays and projects, discussion of case studies.

Final Assessment is by oral examination and written papers: a short essay on a professional topic, a listening test (BEC) and translation for professional needs.

Associate Professor Nina A. Zinkevich, Leader of English Master’s Programme, earned a PhD in British Literature from Moscow State University. Her other areas of interest are: cross-cultural communication, teaching methods and material writing.

Innovative Technologies

English Language Department 4 embraces modern information technologies and successfully integrates them into teaching English. They facilitate the development of the students as independent learners, enhance their language competencies, help to hone study and research skills and assist in analysing relevant information flow when an objective is set for the students to develop communicative and analytical competencies, the ability to perceive and analyse information flow in foreign media.

The Department has three multimedia rooms. The rooms are equipped with audio-visual computer-based hardware, which provides access to the copious intranet database of specialised information products chosen to support the language syllabus. The Internet resources can be accessed on the fly as well.

The intranet database used both by the teaching staff and students comprises a wealth of educational products by the leading English language publishers, TV news programmes relevant for future managers and executives and proprietary multimedia programmes based on various documentaries and reports. Such programmes provide students with insight into the history of business, highlight the cross-cultural aspect of corporate life and enable them to analyse the up-to-date foreign experience in economy regulation and corporate governance.

At the final stage of their studies when students start working towards their bachelor’s or master’s thesis they conduct research into the modern problems of corporate management, look into selected management systems and strategies. They prepare computer-assisted (e.g. slides in Windows Power Point) presentations in English to share their findings with peers. Students take part in round-table discussions, role-plays, simulations and space bridge conferencing with their overseas peers. All that develops students’ negotiating and debating skills, contributes to team building and leadership skills as well as equips them with invaluable tools for personal and professional development.


English Language Department №4

Svetlana Ledeneva, PhD


+7 495 229-40-32 (inner 15-52)
Room: 3055–3058