English: reading and listening comprehension of scientific texts

lang1861  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

English: reading and listening comprehension of scientific texts
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
2 credits
10.0 h
Q2
Language
English
Prerequisites
A2 level (in reading) of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages ».
Main themes
The studied themes are connected with biology, chemistry, geography, physics, mathematics, veterinary science, and various scientific issues.
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

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At the end of the course, students should have developed the following skills:

  1. Reading comprehension: reading and understanding of authentic texts concerning general scientific topics and pertaining to the different disciplines within the Faculty of Science.

B1-B2 level of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages »

  1. Listening comprehension: listening and understanding of authentic television programmes concerning general scientific topics and pertaining to the different disciplines within the Faculty of Science.

B1 level of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages »

 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
  • Reading comprehension: articles from the New Scientist, Scientific American etc. oriented towards the various diciplines of the Faculty of Science.
  • Listening comprehension : BBC and PBS science programmes on subjects pertaining to the students' specific fields of study.
     
Teaching methods
In order to allow for advanced learning despite the limited number of class hours the course is organized as a 'flipped classroom':
 
  • -Extensive home-reading of texts, with assistance from a set of questions aimed at developing the students' reading strategies.
  • In class, checking of the student's reading strategies as well as analysis and comments.
  • Systematic approach of discourse cohesion and coherence, of recurrent grammatical structures and other lexical and structural difficulties impairing comprehension.
  • Listening comprehension: extensive and intensive work on understanding video programmes at home. Various comprehension exercises, such as questions, syntheses, diagrams etc. Questions and answers time as well as spot checks of understanding in class.
  • Consolidation of new material through exercises on e-learning platform Moodle.
Evaluation methods
  • Possibility to be exempted from classes (but not from the exam) for students scoring 10/20 at the placement test held during the first semester.
  • Written exam on reading and listening skills.
Bibliography
  • Syllabus
  • Plateforme e-learning Moodle
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Interdisciplinary Advanced Master in Science and Management of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine

Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management

Bachelor in Mathematics

Bachelor in Geography : General

Bachelor in Chemistry

Bachelor in Biology

Bachelor in Physics