Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

DROI11411 - Everyday English


Credits : 7

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Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 60 hours of theory.

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Learning outcomes :
By the end of the course, the students should be able to grasp quickly the general meaning of original texts and to make an oral and structured synthesis of it. In addition, they should also be able to translate accurately excerpts dealing with important data, avoiding the mistakes caused by false friends and structures that are specific to English.

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Course contents :
As this course aims essentially aimed at developing the students' skills to understand difficult texts, the contents will be selected from the English and American newspapers and will deal with general subjects and issues relating to the social and legal organisation of society. These texts serve as basis for lexical extensions, grammatical revisions as well as oral synthesis and conversation exercises.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
In addition to the written press supports, recordings of Anglo-Saxon radio and television programmes (BBC) as well as occasional English-speaking guests will contribute to the achievement of the objectives.

Assessment methods and criteria :
The assessment is continuous. The final mark will be out of twenty points and is in fact the addition of:

- 3 written tests/8 points (listening and reading comprehension of texts that have not been studied in class/translation of studied and not-studied excerpts);

- 6 tests on grammar and vocabulary (5 of these are dispensative) /4 points (2x2);

- the oral examination/8 points (10 min interview about an article that has not been studied in class and on a file prepared by the student). 

Recommended or required reading :
The grammar of Chr. Loriaux and J. - L. Cupers, “Grammaire fondamentale de l'anglais”, De Boeck serves as reference for the revision and more in depth study of grammatical notions. "Le manuel, Vocabulaire anglais”, of Michèle DIMIER-QUIQUE, Editions Bordas langues, is used as base for lexical extension.

Other information :
Supports: written press articles, recordings of Anglo-Saxon radio and television programmes (BBC)