1. Individual  course  unit  basic  information

Degree: Títol Superior de Disseny

Level: Títol Superior d’Ensenyaments Artístics



Years of study


Type of course

ECTS credits


3rd & 4th year

1st & 2nd semester

Non compulsory


Departament:   Behavioural Science and Law

Language of Instruction: English

Class schedule: Monday and Wednesday from 13.05 to 14.55 pm

Name of lecturer:

Maureen de España von Heeren



Head of Department:

Jaume Enric Rado Roca

Correu electrònic:


2. Why to study English

In today’s increasingly interconnected world it has become more and more necessary to learn foreign languages, especially English since it is the international language for all kinds of communication nowadays.

Knowledge of English will not only widen the student’s career horizons but it will also be useful for them when it comes to dealing with clients on this island, since it is likely that a large number of them will be foreigners with little or no knowledge of Spanish.

The aim of this subject  is to help students develop all five major language skills and prepare for the different B2 level exams.

It will also focus on some practical English for the work environment.

3. Requirements

3.2. Essential requirements

Students must possess an intermediate level of English (B1) or have passed the Intermediate 2  level  (4th year) at the Official School of Languages (EOI).

4. Skills

4.1. Transversal/Professional competences (CT)

CT01- To organise and plan work in an efficient and motivating way..

CT05- To understand and use, at least, one foreign language (English) in the student’s professional field.

CT15- To work in an autonomous way, and appreciate the importance of self-initiative and entrepreneur spirit in their careers.

4.2.  General competences of the degree (CG)

CG11- To communicate ideas and projects to clients, to give reasoned arguments, and evaluate proposals through dialogue.

CG17- To plan, evaluate and develop learning strategies in order to obtain personal and professional outcomes.

CG19- To show critical capacity, and put forward researching strategies successfully

CG21- To show a command of researching methodology.

4.3. Specific competences of the related design area (CE)

No specific competences since this is a non-compulsory subject.

5. Learning outcomes

Students will be able to understand everyday English, to write and speak fluently and to interact with native speakers without strain.

They will be able to communicate in English using adequate vocabulary and grammatical expressions.

They will understand common English conversations.

They will be able to write detailed texts on a wide range of subjects, to write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support or against a particular point of view.  

6. Course contents

Topics as they appear in the course book.

1 – Questions and  answers. Do you believe it? Talking about interviews.

2 – Call the doctor? Older and wiser. Illnesses and injuries. The history of surgery.

3 – The truth about air travel.  Incredibly short stories. Talking about children’s books.

4 – Eco-guilt. Are you a risk taker? The British and the weather.

5 – The survivors’ club. It drives me mad! Talking about waste.

6 – Music and emotion. Sleeping beauty. The Sleep Unit.

7 – Don’t argue! Actors acting. Talking about acting.

8 – Beat the robbers... and the burglars. Breaking news. The speed of news.

9 – Truth and lies. Megacities.  Talking about advertising.

10 – The dark side of the moon. The power of words. The Museum of the History of Science.

(All of the above-mentioned units are designed to incorporate practice of all five major language skills, i.e.: grammar and vocabulary, reading, listening, speaking and writing practice)

7. Teaching methods

Lessons will be practical and dynamic seeking to engage students in active participation in class, so that their learning is more meaningful, memorable and relevant to real life. This also requires an open and flexible methodological approach that caters for students’ individual needs and allows them to gain self-confidence and progress at their own pace.

Students will be requested to work in large and small groups or individually to carry out the course scheduled tasks.

Oral activities will be carried out in large groups or small groups (groups of 4 students or in pairs)

The oral test will be in pairs.

There will be reading, listening, speaking and use of English practice in every lesson.

Students will have to hand in two written compositions every two weeks.

7.1. General methodological lines

The department has agreed that students must attend at least 80% of the regularly scheduled class hours.

7.2 Types of learning activities and their arrangement throughout the course

                                                                                             Activities carried out in class

Type of activity

Grouping types

Objectives and teaching methods applied

138 hours

Theoretical and practical class

Class group

Practice of reading, listening, use of English, writing and speaking following the book

62 hours

(1st semester)

76 hours

(2nd semester)

Oral practice

Small groups

(four students or pair-work)

Speaking activities that involve discussing about topics covered recently in class.

15/20 minutes every 2/4 hours



Exam with 4 writing parts, reading, listening, use of English and writing (4 hours) and

1 speaking part (15-20 minutes)

2 exams* every semester:

    1st semester:   November and January

    2nd semester:  March and June

4 ½ hours 

Activities carried out outside the classroom

Type of activity

Grouping type

Objectives and teaching methods applied

Written compositions


Students will have to write 2 compositions every two weeks following the book (pages 113-118) and others given by the teacher.


* There will be a first exam by mid semester and at the end of the 1rst and 2nd semesters there will be a FINAL EXAM during the regular exam sessions and some time later, for those students who failed the FINAL EXAM, there will be  RETAKES  during the special exam sessions.

7.3 Facilities and material required

Classes will have a computer, digital board, audio system and internet so that the teacher can use the digital book.

Students must bring their books (the student’s book and a notebook) to class or  a laptop if they use the digital book

7.4 Cross-cultural activities

None, since this is a non-compulsory subject.

7.5 Additional activities

Language exchange with Erasmus students.

8. Assessment of  student  learning 

8.1. Department general assessment criteria

In view of the diversity of specialties and subjects, the department has not agreed on any common assessment criteria other than compulsory attendance to a minimum of 80% of the regularly scheduled class hours.

8.2. Assessment criteria

CA01- The student attends regularly all academic activities, tuition hours, seminars and other scheduled activities.

CA02- The student participates regularly in all class activities, tuition hours, seminars, and other scheduled activities

CA03- The student participates in class activities in a critical way, expressing his/her own point of view.

CA04- The student shows interest in the subject.

CA05- The student knows and understands the main concepts of  the subject.

CA06- The student uses the main concepts of the subject in the scheduled tasks in a correct way.

CA07- The student knows and uses the specific terminology of the subject in a correct way.

CA09- The student shows a capacity of synthesis and a critical attitude in the development of scheduled tasks.

CA10- The student plans conveniently his/her time according to the scheduled tasks.

CA12- The student shows capacity to express concepts or reflections appropriately.

CA13- The student abides by the above-mentioned working methodology, guidelines and deadlines for tasks.

CA14- The student hands in all tasks in an appropriate way.

CA15- The student carries out all tasks in an appropriate way.

8.3. Process and system of assessment and assessment criteria.

Students have to do, and hand in the established deadlines, and fulfil EVERY scheduled task. If students do not pass the subject during the term (continuous assessment, complementary assessment and/or final assessment), the methods and criteria for special assessment will automatically be applied (or just retaking parts of the continuous assessment decided by the teacher).

Attendance policy: All students must attend 80% of the course to follow Itinerary A.

Process and system of assessment

Type (*)

Assessment criteria

Marking criteria

Itinerary A

Itinerary B

Classroom attendance (minimum 80%)

Attitude towards the subject


CA01, CA02, CA03, CA04



Written tasks


CA06, CA07, CA09, CA10, CA12



Oral tasks


CA06, CA07, CA09, CA12




Exams are  divided into 5 sections:

 -  Use of English

 -  Reading Comprehension

 - Listening Comprehension

 - Written Composition

 - Oral test

(Each section represents 20% of the whole mark)


CA05, CA06, CA07, CA09



FINAL EXAM (regular exam session)

The exam is divided into 5 sections:

 -  Use of English

 -  Reading Comprehension

 - Listening Comprehension

 - Written Composition

 - Oral test

(Each part represents 20% of the whole mark and must be passed independently in order to calculate the average mark)


CA05, CA06, CA07, CA09



RETAKES  (special exam sessions)

The exam is divided into 5 sections:

 -  Use of English

 -  Reading Comprehension

 - Listening Comprehension

 - Written Composition

 - Oral test

Students will have to retake only the exam sections failed in the regular exam sessions

(Each part represents 20% of the whole mark and must be passed independently in order to calculate the average mark)


CA05, CA06, CA07, CA09

up to 85%



100 %

100 %

* This field specifies whether the activity can be retaken or not: NR (“no recuperable”) o R (“recuperable”).

9. . Book and resources

9.1. Required book: 

ENGLISH FILE Third Edition        UPPER-INTERMEDIATE         STUDENT´S BOOK                ISBN 978 0 19 455844 0     OXFORD

(Optional) ENGLISH FILE Third Edition        UPPER-INTERMEDIATE  WORKBOOK with key        ISBN 978 0 19 455844 0     OXFORD

9.2. Recommended reading : 

Capel, A.; Sharp, W. (2008): Advanced. Cambridge, CUP.

Jones, L. (1997): Progress to Proficiency. Cambridge, CUP.

Hashemi, L.; Homas, B. (2003): Grammar for Advanced Students. Cambridge, CUP.

McGavigan, P.; Reeves, J. (1999): Graded Readings., Longman Pearson Education Limited.

May, P. (2010): First Certificate Trainer. Cambridge, CUP.

Promodou, L. (1999): Grammar and Vocabulary for Proficiency. Harlow, Longman Pearson Education Limited.

9.3. Other resources :

European Framework of Reference,

Cambridge Dictionary Online:

EUROPASS project,

Phrase Bank of The University of Manchester,