English language : reading and writing

lgerm1122  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

English language : reading and writing
4 credits
15.0 h + 15.0 h
Gilquin Gaëtanelle (compensates Meunier Fanny); Meunier Fanny;
Level B1 of the Common Europea Framework of Reference for Languages
Main themes
Starting from authentic and varied texts, the course is an initiation to reading techniques (extensive and intensive reading, skimming, scanning, etc.)Writing based on texts: contraction, translation, commentary, analysis, etc. This course intends to improve the reading and writing skills of first year students. The material consists only of "authentic" texts, chosen on the basis of functional, motivational, and cultural criteria in the broad sense.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


To acquire upper intermediate skills in reading and writing.

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- accurately understand non-technical authentic texts of an upper intermediate level
- summarize, comment and present the information contained in the documents seen in class
- produce clear and structured written documents of a relatively informal character (personal letters, e-mails, notes, etc.). Particular attention will be given to code, content and style.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Reading/Writing I : Presentation of some reading and writing techniques (skimming, scanning, summarising, etc). Introduction to primarily informal text types and to their linguistic characteristics/Vocabulary extension/Reading and writing exercise sessions.
15 hours of lectures: theoretical introduction to effective reading techniques. Presentation of the characteristics of informal text types15 + tutorial hours to put the different theoretical approaches into practice and integrate the different aspects of the course.Study and individual work, in particular : personal and systematic study of the vocabulary contained in the documents considered; preliminary preparation of the texts; redaction of documents; complementary exercises of correction in self-learning; updating of personal notes, revision, memorization.
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
(1)   Continuous assessment : short written argumentative essay in class (10% of the final mark)
(2) Exam session : written on both reading skills (including the vocabulary seen in class) and writing skills (90% of the final mark)
The final mark is computed on the basis of the geometric means of the subparts and sections of the exam.
Other information
Course Holder/Course Supervision :Supervision by a professor of the GERM Department; tutorial by an assistant who takes part in the evaluation.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in English Studies