English intermediate level - 2nd part

langl1331  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

English intermediate level - 2nd part
3 credits
45.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Brabant Stéphanie; Dumont Amandine (compensates Nyssen Jean-Paul); Jacob Sandrine coordinator; Nyssen Jean-Paul; Stevens Thibaud;
Students must have reached B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The LANGL1330 course for students in BAC1 is designed to prepare the students for the second annual unit.

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course is structured around various issues of general interest related to the students' field of studies.

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


At the end of the course students are expected to have reached the following levels (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in the following skills:

Reading comprehension:

  • Students can understand articles and reports on everyday topics and can understand the writer's point of view.
  • Students can quickly scan long and complex texts and grasp the main ideas.
  • Students have built up a wide range of (reading) vocabulary although some difficulties may occur with unusual expressions.

Level B2- of the "Common European Framework of References for Languages".

Listening comprehension individual:

  • Students can understand standard spoken English (live or from recordings) on both familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in personal, social, university or professional life. Interactive:
  • Students can understand a normal conversation, with the occasional repeating of certain words or expressions.

Level B2- of the "Common European Framework of References for Languages".

Speaking skills individual:

  • Students can methodically develop a presentation or a description emphasizing the important points and relevant details.
  • Students can give a detailed description and presentation of a wide range of subjects related to their field of studies and develop and justify their ideas using relevant examples.

Level B2 of the "Common European Framework of References for Languages".

Speaking skills interactive:

  • Students can express themselves with ease about familiar and less familiar topics pertaining to their interests and field of studies.
  • Students can answer simple straightforward questions linked to their presentation.

Level B1+ of the "Common European Framework of References for Languages".


Building-up general vocabulary in context and reinforcing specific structures in English (gerunds/infinitives).


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”.
This course has a receptive and productive component:
  • reading of texts, using scanning and other reading techniques;
  •  analysis and explanation of texts in class;
  • general or more detailed understanding of video programmes;
  • research project and creation of a press book, using relevant media sources,
  • preparation and presentation in groups of 3 or 4 of an oral interactive discussion;
  • writing of a mail to a TED speaker;
  • vocabulary and language structures are practised and developed via speaking activities (role plays, interviews, conversation in small groups).
Teaching methods
Learning takes place in context using authentic texts and videos.
Reading and listening comprehension are exploited orally and in writing.
Speaking is exercised via debates, role-plays and talks in groups.
Writing is developed through the writing of an email to a TED speaker.
Vocabulary and grammatical structures are revised both orally and in writing.
The teaching unit takes place mainly face to face.
Basic vocabulary mistakes are revised on the Moodle platform.
Evaluation methods
Continuous assessment throughout the year:
  • 3 grammar and vocabulary tests over the year – 2 in Q1, 1 in Q2 – on given grammar topics and vocabulary related to the texts and videos seen in class, and on the frequent vocabulary mistakes (Vocab 911).
    = 25%
    Research project consisting of a ‘file’ (press book) to be built up throughout the year containing min. 6 sources ( audio, video, articles, song, etc) on a chosen topic (templates to be filled in and evaluated)
= 25%
  • Interactive group discussion
    = 10%
  • Email to a TED speaker
= 15%
  • Attendance and active participation
= 10%
  • Oral exam ( presentation of press book and discussion of research subject with the teacher)
  • = 15%
Other information
The level of English of this course is B2 (Common European  Framework)
Online resources
  • Syllabus du cours disponible à l'Ilv et en version électronique sur la plateforme Moodle.
  • A partit du portail UCL: Moodle UCL: cours LANGL1331
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology

Bachelor in Political Sciences: General

Bachelor in Human and Social Sciences