English: reading and listening comprehension of scientific texts

lang1861  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

English: reading and listening comprehension of scientific texts
2 credits
10.0 h
Q2
Teacher(s)
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 :

1 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 »
 
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 of being exempted from the course (but not from the exam) by obtaining at least 10/20 in the online placement test organized during the first semester.
  • Continuous assessment based on regular work done on the Moodle platform (for all students, whether they are exempted from the course or not) (10% of the final grade).
  • Written exam on reading and listening comprehension and grammar / vocabulary (90% of the final grade).
  • Students who obtain a grade lower than 10/20 in the June session will have to retake the exam in the September session (100% of the final grade).
Bibliography
  • Syllabus
  • Plateforme e-learning Moodle
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