CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

The course aims at developing students’ English language competence for use in professional communication in the field of diplomacy and foreign affairs.  The students acquire field specific terminology and language diplomacy in spoken and written discourse, considering the linguistic and pragmatic norms of politeness and cooperation principles in transactional and interactional discourse. The course facilitates the development of students’ meeting skills and the competence of writing diplomatic and official correspondence using the relevant conventions. The students become aware of linguistic resources for conveying particular speech acts, e.g. questions, opinions, proposals with an appropriate rhetorical force. They learn how to make diplomatic small talk at official meetings and receptions using contextually appropriate language.