Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HDDR1140 - English Language


Credits : 5

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

Timetable :
First term
Wednesday from 20:15 to 21:15 at 119 Marais 2200
Thursday from 17:15 to 18:15 at 119 Marais 3300
Second term
Wednesday from 19:15 to 20:15 at 43 Botanique 6
Wednesday from 20:15 to 21:15 at 43 Botanique 6

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
The minimum level of English to be achieved at the end of the year is B1+ as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The courses as well as the work to be done at home by the student are an integral part of the mastery of the language at the level of lexicon and grammatical structures. In addition, they prepare students for the second year specialized language course.

At the end of the course, the student should be able to grasp the general meaning of authentic texts and make a structured synthesis of them, while being able to explain passages dealing with important data.

A dispensatory exam will be organized remotely via the ELAO platform in September; students who obtain a sufficiently high score on the written test will then have to take an individual oral exam, either in person or on Teams. This test will confirm (or not) the student's level of English and will allow the
student to be exempted (or not).

Details of how to register for the exemption test will be published on the valves and in the document “ La semaine de rentrée”.

Prerequisites :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
As the course is primarily aimed at developing the ability to understand unsimplified texts, the content is taken from the English and American press and deals with general topics, as well as issues relating to the social and legal organisation of society. These texts also serve as a basis for lexical extension, grammar review, oral synthesis exercises and conversation exercises.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
This is an interactive course, with a focus on continuous assessment.

As the course is interactive, it goes without saying that the evaluation also focuses on effective and regular participation: preparation of exercises proposed by the teacher, active participation in class discussions.

When part of the teaching activities cannot be carried out in class for health reasons, instructions will be sent via Moodle / Teams and the active participation of each student in these activities is expected. Any changes to this course plan (content, timetable, etc.) due to external circumstances will be communicated via Moodle.

It is imperative that students consult Moodle at least once a week and that they read ALL announcements.

Assessment methods and criteria :
The final result (100%) is obtained by adding together

- an examination in December 2022 comprising :
- a written part during the last classes (covering the material seen in Q1 and the
comprehension of a new text)
- an oral part taken in class in Q1, in the form of a Newspanel or Mock Trial in group
(individual mark);
These two parts count for 40% in the final weighting.

- an examination in May 2023 comprising:
- a written part which will take place during the last classes (covering all the material seen in Q2 and the comprehension of a new text/audio document);
- an oral part consisting of a group oral presentation (individual mark) in Q2.
These two parts of May count for 60% in the final weighting of the exam.

At the end of the year, in the JUNE session, the student obtains a single mark for the whole year, averaging Q1+Q2. If the student has not obtained the average of 10/20 in June, he/she will sit an exam in August which includes both parts Q1 and Q2. As this interactive course is based on continuous assessment, 3 points out of 20 in each term will be dedicated to continuous assessment.

If health conditions do not allow for face-to-face examinations, the assessment methods will be hybrid. It will also be an out-of-session examination and the weighting will remain the same. Any changes to the assessments due to external circumstances will be communicated via Moodle.

Recommended or required reading :
1. A syllabus of texts and exercises. It also contains the Vade Mecum, as well as the syllabus of
subjects to be prepared for each course; posted on Moodle ;
2. A collection of PDF texts posted on Moodle;
3. Course handouts; posted on Moodle.
4. Grammar Syllabus (Theory and exercises). Posted on Moodle.

Other information :
A minimum level of A2 is recommended.

Attendance at the course (face-to-face or digital) is compulsory.
Any absence from class must be justified by a medical certificate or a serious reason.
The original certificate must be sent to the professor and to the Law Faculty administration within 48
hours of the beginning of the absence (24 hours in the case of an exam!). Students who have been
absent are requested to provide the professor with a copy of the supporting document when they
return to class so that the attendance list can be kept up to date.

Students who are absent for unjustified reasons from more than two sessions during the year - Q1
and Q2 - will have their continuous assessment grade reduced or even set to 0, both in Q1 and Q2.