Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

MHAN1222 - English: Language and Culture


Credits : 5

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

Language of instruction :

Learning activities :
MHAN1222A - English : language practice [1 Q. • 30 Th. • Pond. : 50] Anne-Marie Collins, Pascale Gouverneur, Erwin Ochsenmeier
MHAN1222B - English : culture [2 Q. • 30 Th. • Pond. : 50] Paul Arblaster, Anne-Marie Collins, Erwin Ochsenmeier

Learning outcomes :
On completing this unit, students should be able to:
• understand and explain the English language studied during the course;
• translate the vocabulary learned using appropriate equivalents in French;
• talk about the aspects studied in the Q2 lectures on “culture” using the relevant vocabulary.
This unit is also an opportunity for students to develop their oral proficiency. The unit's target level is the European Reference framework B2 level for languages (minimum level required to pass the Unit). Students learn to give a presentation and deepen their understanding of - and ability to use - the cultural features of the English language (usage, polite forms, register, etc.).

Prerequisites :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
Written part: study of the English vocabulary by themes or key words and of aspects of Institutions and Society in the English-speaking world.
Oral part: each lecturer will link the oral and lecture parts of the course and adapt the manner and content of doing so part based on the size of the groups and the level of the students.

The course focuses on current news and culture items in the English-speaking world using the vocabulary and concepts studied in Q1 and Q2. After having revised various techniques of public speaking students will have the opportunity to do a presentation in front of their groups.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
A range of various exercises on the English language and its use.
Oral practice: role-playing, guided conversations, oral presentation, group work, etc.
Presentations of the topics dealt with in the “culture” part of the course in Q2.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Lexicology Q1: written exam with various questions on the vocabulary: the self-study chapters in the course book and additional material given in the weekly sessions.
Oral practice Q1 and Q2: continuous evaluation and individual oral exam.
This course is subdivided into two Quarters, each divided itself into two parts.
Q1 is made of 15 hours of lexicology and 15 hours of oral practice.
Q2 is made of 15 hours of lectures on institutions and contemporary society and 15 hours of oral practice.
Q1 - Lexicology: a written exam covering the chapter in the textbook and the material studied in the sessions (50%). Oral practice: Final exam (25%) and portfolio of listening and speaking activities done during the quarter (25%).
Q2 - Lectures (50 total %): a written assignment (25%) and a written exam (25 %); Oral practice (50%): Final exam (25%) and portfolio of listening and speaking activities done during the quarter (25%).
The June final grade of this unit is an addition of the Q1 and Q2 grades.
August session: Lexicology: Written exams for Q1 and Q2 covering the chapter in the textbook and the material studied in the sessions. Oral practice: an oral exam. Q2 Lectures: same as the June exam: written assignment and written exam.
In case of a final grade being less than 10/20, the part for which a 10/20 or higher mark was attained (if any) will automatically be transferred to the second or third exam session. It is thus not possible to re-sit the exam related to this part of the course. In case of a final September overall failing grade, both parts of the course—the written and oral parts- have to be taken again.

Recommended or required reading :
The bibliography for this unit will be given at the beginning of the course in September 2022.

Other information :
Textbook for the vocabulary part to be used in lexicology and oral practice in Q1 and Q2: English Vocabulary in use: Advanced, McCarty-O'Dell, Third Edition, Oxford, 2017