Name of lecturer:
Maureen de España von Heeren
Head of Department:
Jaume Enric Rado Roca
Correu electrònic: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
3.2. 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).
4.1. 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.
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.
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)
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
* 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.
8.1. 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.
* This field specifies whether the activity can be retaken or not: NR (“no recuperable”) o R (“recuperable”).
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, http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Source/ManualRevision-proofread-FINAL_en.pdf
Cambridge Dictionary Online: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
EUROPASS project, http://www.europass.cedefop.europa.eu
Phrase Bank of The University of Manchester, http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk