Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

ANGL1191 - English I

Credits : 4

Lecturers :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 30 hours of theory.

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
The aim of this course is to push the students forward to an intermediate level (B1). Basically, this means that by the end of the year, the student will be able to express him/herself orally and in writing using simple but clear sentences, getting the message across.

The interactive lessons as well as the home assignments will help the student master the language at a basic lexical and grammatical level of communication. Different skills will be strengthened: speaking, writing, reading and listening.
The course is open to all, even if an A2 level is recommended in order to participate in the course.

Prerequisites :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
- Interactive classes on basic communication in English.
- Basic grammar revision (self-study). A grammar tutorial is available 1h/week (optional in term 1, but compulsory in term 2 (if the grade in December is below 10/20)).

Chapters on the following topics:
- Socialising
- Pronunciation
- Social Media
- Figures and Numbers
- Telephoning
- Writing Professional Emails
- Phrasal Verbs
- False friends
- Connectives
- The Press in English
- Persuasive Language (used during a presentation)
- The workplace (basic level: describing companies and jobs, basic business vocabulary)
- …

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
ANGL1191 - Q1 (15h)
ANGL1191 - Q2 (15h)
*Interactive course: communicative and interactive approach.
One hour of compulsory English class per week, complemented with an optional grammar tutorial of one hour per week.
The classroom hours (interactive) are essentially dedicated to speaking, writing and listening, focused on everyday situations (useful English) and the news (the press in English).
The grammar tutorial is strongly recommended to all students facing difficulties with basic grammar (and in need of explanations and additional grammar exercises guided by a teacher). A test is organised during the first class of terms 1 and 2 which allows the students to know their level.

Assessment methods and criteria :
It is important to notice that this course is based on continuous assessment throughout the year: the students need to be active during the interactive courses. Their participation, regular attendance, knowledge of the vocabulary, mastery of the oral exercises, etc., are assessed throughout the year. The home assignments required by the teacher must be done thoroughly. They are part of regular assessment and are part of the final evaluation. There is no exam in January, nor in June. The final grade is based on different oral and written tests, as well as continuous assessment, organised throughout the year (with exams organised off session).

- Oral component
- Continuous assessment: home assignments, preparation, role plays (Q1 and Q2)
- The News Panel (oral exam in groups, off session, towards the end of Q1)
- Persuasive Language (to be used for a presentation, group exam, off session, towards the end of Q2)

- Written component
Basic grammar (self-study), vocabulary, writing, and listening.
The written evaluation is based on continuous assessment (home assignments) and four tests (November, December, March and May).
The grade is split between the tests: the basic grammar represents +/- 60%, vocabulary, writing and listening represent +/- 40%.

- Weight of Q1-Q2
Q1: 40%
- oral exam in December (off session): The News Panel (in groups) = 10%
- written tests = 30% (November test = 10%, December Exam (off session) = 20%)

This part of the course is passed with a grade of 10/20 or higher for the full year.
The students who do not pass the Q1 test will have to do so in May (catch-up exams off session)/September (during session).

Q2: 60%
- home assignments, preparation (written and/or oral) = 15%
- oral exam in May (off session): persuasive language (to be used during a presentation, in groups) = 15%
- written tests = 30% (March test = 10%, May exam (off session) = 20%)

This part of the course is passed with a grade of 10/20 or higher for the full year.

By the end of the year, the students receive a grade for the whole year, based on the aforementioned distribution.
Any student who does not obtain a satisfactory mark in June (minimum 10/20) shall have to retake the unsatisfactory component(s) (either Q1 or Q2 / or Q1+Q2) in August/September (during session).

- Absences to one or several written and oral exams
The student must take all oral and written exams.
The exams/tests for which the student was absent will have to be retaken in the following session. There is no catch-up during the same session.

- Catch-up exams
The catch-up exams are organised in May (off session) / September (during session) : same grade weight, but continuous assessment is no longer taken into account.

Recommended or required reading :
Syllabus ANGL1191-1192 2020-2021 (common course book for ANGL1191 and ANGL1192)
2 parts : « Communicating in English I » (Q1) and « Communicating in English II » (Q2)
Syllabus « Basic English Grammar »

Other information :
Participation to the interactive courses is compulsory.
3 unjustified absences are permitted during the year.
However, if the student is absent during a written test, the grade will be 0 (0A) for this test if the absence is not justified (medical certificate or force majeure).
In excess of these three absences, each new absence will need to be justified by a medical certificate or by a duly substantiated written justification. If not justified, any additional absences shall be penalised in the mark for continuous assessment (20%) of June (Q2).

The teaching methods and assessment modes will most likely be hybrid (blended learning). In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will strictly follow the changes imposed by USL-B.