English: Language & Culture

langl1111  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

English: Language & Culture
5 credits
45.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Language
English
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 this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 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 »
 
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
! The teaching modalities may be subject to change in accordance with the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. The students will of course be notified of these possible changes in due course.
This course will be taught on site in groups of c.25 students (+ e-learning component).
  • 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
! The evaluation modalities may be subject to change in accordance with the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. The students will of course be notified of these possible changes in due course.
FINAL MARK : JUNE EXAM
Continuous assessment: 30%
January written exam: 20 %
- Listening Comprehension questions: fill-in the blanks
- Reading comprehension questions
- Vocabulary and usage questions
If you fail this part of the exam, you’ll do it again in June.
June written exam: 30%  or  50%
You passed the January exam (10+/20)
You failed the January exam (<10/20)
Your June written exam will be longer.
June Written exam (30%)
- MCQ Listening comprehension questions
- Reading comprehension questions
- Vocabulary Q2 questions
- Usage Q1 and Q2 questions                                   
You don’t have to study the vocabulary lists from the first semester.
The exam questions will be similar to those seen in class.
June Written exam (50%)
- MCQ Listening comprehension questions
- Reading comprehension questions
- Vocabulary Q2 questions
- Usage Q1 and Q2 questions
+
- Listening Comprehension questions: fill-in the blanks
- Vocabulary Q1 questions
The exam questions will be similar to those seen in class.
June  Oral exam (20%)
  1. pronunciation exercise
  2. discussion activity
FINAL MARK: 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 complete written exam (70%) AND the oral exam (30%). Your continuous assessment mark will not be taken into account.
Online resources
https://moodleucl.uclouvain.be/course/view.php?id=6713
Bibliography
  • Syllabus du cours LANGL1111
  • Plateforme Moodle du cours LANGL1111
Teaching materials
  • Syllabus LANGL1111
  • Plateforme de cours Moodle LANGL1111
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