English: Language & Culture

LANGL1111  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

English: Language & Culture
5.0 credits
45.0 h
1 + 2q

Language
Anglais
Prerequisites

Level A2 of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages ».

Main themes

The topics addressed in class aim at arousing the undergraduates' interests in English-speaking countries' culture and history, both past and present.

Aims

At the end of the course, the students should be able to  

  • grasp the content and significance of articles and reports on topics connected with their interests or their jobs.

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

  • understand the gist of TV  programmes concerning general topics and oriented towards their fields of interest in standard and clearly articulated English language.

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

  • give their opinion on general topics (history, advertising, media, culture, ') covered in class.

Speaking: level B1-  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

Portfolio of texts and videos: the set texts range from historic/al sources to today's specialized literature and vary in language registers to include prose, speeches, poetry, songs, video scripts, ' from several target-language countries.

Teaching methods
  • Training learners to become autonomous readers of authentic written documents
  • Broadening the students' vocabulary scope
  • Teaching key grammar points such as tenses, auxiliaries, connectives and the passive voice.
  • Listening decoding strategies in a foreign language
  • Role plays, debates, discussions
  • English pronunciation and stress patterns.

As regards speaking skills, the emphasis will be on fluency rather than accuracy.

Evaluation methods

Continuous assessment = 20%

January exam = 20 %

Written exam

  • Reading & Listening comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary and usage questions

If the student fails this part, (s)he takes it again in June.

June Exam = 60%

Written exam (40%)

  • Listening comprehension questions
  • Reading comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary and usage questions

Oral exam (20%)

  1. pronunciation exercise
  2. discussion activity

September exam

Students will not be exempted for a part of the exam. If you take the September exam, you have to re-do the written exam (70%) AND the oral exam (30%). Your continuous assessment mark will not be taken into account.

Bibliography
  • LANGL1111 course notes
  • LANGL1111 Moodle platform
Faculty or entity


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

Program title
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Bachelor in Philosophy
5
-

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics
5
-

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures
5
-

Bachelor in History
5
-

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies
5
-

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology
5
-

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General
5
-

Bachelor in religious studies
5
-