Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

GERM1104 - English : Language Proficiency


Credits : 8

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

Timetable :
First term
Monday from 13:30 to 14:30 at 109 Marais 411
Second term
Monday from 15:45 to 16:45 at 109 Marais 411

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- understand authentic B2-level (Common European Framework of Reference) oral and written texts that deal with current affairs, everyday life and socio-cultural aspects of English- speaking countries
- answer comprehension questions about the texts covered
- present/comment on/summarize the information in the texts
- express their opinion (orally and in writing) about the topics dealt with in the texts
- understand and use a wide range of vocabulary connected with the topics dealt with

Prerequisites :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :

The course centres around authentic written and audio-visual documents (newspapers, the Internet, radio and television broadcasts, etc.) which will also help students explore various socio-cultural aspects of English-speaking countries and make them familiar with a range of registers and varieties of English.
Students will develop their proficiency in English through a series of oral and written communicative/practical exercises. They are required to take an active part in the various exercises in class (conversation, role plays, debates, short prepared presentations, and prepared oral or written reports about texts). Special emphasis will be placed on accuracy and pronunciation.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Throughout the year, students are expected to take part in a number of additional study activities outside classes:
- listening and reading comprehension exercises
- preparing short presentations and oral or written reports about texts
- regularly studying the vocabulary included in Oxford Word Skills (Intermediate): tests will be organised on a regular basis (formative assessment).

Assessment methods and criteria :
January exam (50%): written exam
June exam (50%): written exam (60%) and oral exam (40%)

Recommended or required reading :
Gairns, R. & Redman, S. (2008) Oxford Word Skills (Advanced). Oxford University Press. (with CD-ROM)