Advanced English

langl1700  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Advanced English
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3 credits
30.0 h
Q1 or Q2
Teacher(s)
Byrne Timothy; Denis Philippe (coordinator);
Language
English
Prerequisites
Level B2 of the CEFR
Main themes
Topics relating to the students' future professional life, current affairs. The topics covered are flexible because discussions are based on articles posted on Moodle, which can be changed to keep the course up-to-date. Students can choose topics to cover.
Aims

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

1 The aim of this course is to develop communication skills (particularly speaking skills) and to reach level C1 of the CEFR in speaking and writing.
Reading:
  • be able to read with ease a variety of general and professional texts
Listening:
  • be able to understand lectures, debates and interviews
Speaking:
  • be able to speak about general subjects and own subject speciality, and
  • to participate in debates and discussions.
Writing:
  • be able to write a book review;
  • be able to express an opinion on current topics and participate in an online forum.
 
Content
The course is traditionally  taught in a classroom with such technological support as a Moodle platform, Teams and Internet sources. This blended approach might evolve in accordance with constraints linked to the sanitary crisis.

The course as well as the course notes are equally divided into 3 distinctive parts.

1. SPEAKING & CIVILIZATION
Four two-hour sessions will be devoted to the English-speaking world culture.  Through reading and listening, we will get an insight into numerous countries. Such thought-provoking subjects as media and politics, identity and ideology; ethnicity and democracy; religion and history; mother tongue and human rights…will be tackled in concrete terms and should give rise to lively discussions.
Speaking is indeed the ultimate aim behind learning about those founding aspects.

2. WRITING & ENGLISH AT WORK
Four two-hour sessions will be scheduled to hone the students' occupational skills through a Writing seminar, entitled English at Work.
First, authentic, oral and written, sources will expose you to current professional practices. Second, they will acquire the required writing skills to survive and succeed in a demanding environment.
Their ability to write speech introductions, in/formal emails and letters; briefing notes, memos, and executive summaries; debriefing, information-only and research reports, PP texts, … will be trained and ultimately, assessed. 

3. STUDENT-LED CLASSES  
Four two-hour sessions will be given over to their field of expertise. It is their duty to design and conduct an immersion class about their discipline,; i.e. to get the audience interact on a subject of your choice.
 
Teaching methods
The course is highly interactive with a group size of 15-20 students. Lessons consist of discussions, role plays and debates.

Such contemporary methodologies as CLIL, blended learning, flipped classroom are put into practice.
The course aims to develop both fluency and accuracy, in both productive skillsThat class participation is crucial to your progress cannot be stressed enough. Attendance is therefore compulsory and personal investment, valued and rewarded.
Evaluation methods
1. THE ORAL EXAM: READING & CIVILIZATION  (30%)

In order to keep in touch with the English-speaking world, the students are requested to read either a deep-running, content-rich book or
a series of essays on one
(debatable) issue or topic of their own choosing.
Their 10-minute oral exam in week 14 consists in presenting the facts and stakes in all their complexity for the first 5 minutes and answering the teacher’s questions for the remaining time.

2. THE WRITTEN EXAM: ENGLISH AT WORK  & UNIVERSITY (30%)

The students are required to read 2 specialist articles from the Reader and report on their findings in class so that your classmates can benefit from your newly acquired knowledge.

For their one-hour written exam in week 13 they are asked to write a short essay or abstract.

3. STUDENT-LED CLASSES (20%)

Active participation and personal investment are valued at a rate of 20%.

Teaching materials
  • LANGL 1700 INTERACTIVE, INTERFACULTY COURSE: THE 4 SKILLS
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Aims
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