English language

langl1720  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

English language
5 credits
60.0 h
Dagneaux Estelle coordinator; Denis Philippe; Gouverneur Céline; Grommersch Claudine; Loosen Brigitte; Stevens Thibaud (compensates Grommersch Claudine);
"b1" level (European Council entry-level).
Main themes
The topics addressed during the classes aim at arousing the interests of young adults: we shall speak about hobbies, leisure, holidays, studies and possible future professions, daily life and contemporary events, trips and relations with others, and the culture (that is, the habits and customs) of the countries that speak the target language.
The focus is on communication and accuracy (e.g. pronunciation and grammar).

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


By the end of the course, the student should have reached an upper-intermediate level (B1+) in listening, reading, speaking (both individual and interactive) and writing.


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”.
The pedagogical method is based on authentic texts and videos. Various conversation activities (role-plays, discussions, simulations,'.) are used to exploit and develop each theme while also allowing students to use new vocabulary and structures.
Students are also encouraged to study and broaden their vocabulary range through the self-study of a  vocabulary book in addition to the study of vocabulary from the course notes.
Grammatical structures are revised through self-study.
Teaching methods
60 hours in class (groups of about 20 students)
Vocabulary exercises, reading/listening comprehension exercises, writing and speaking exercises  around the thematic areas to be addressed during the course.
60 hours of individual work, in particular:
  • Preparing the activities;
  • studying the vocabulary and the self-study material;
  • revising the course notes and studying the material.
Evaluation methods
  1. continuous assessment (tests in class and assignments, participation: 30% of the final mark)
  2. written exam (reading comprehension, listening exam, vocabulary, writing: 50% of the final mark)
  3. speaking exam (20% of the final mark)
June/September exams
Students will not be exempted for a part of the exam. If you take the June and/or the September exam, you have to re-do
  • the written exam (70%)
  • the oral exam (30%)
Your continuous assessment mark will not be taken into account.
Online resources
  • Syllabus et plateforme Moodle LANGL1720
  • Gairns, R. & Redman, S. (2008) Oxford Word Skills (Intermediate). Oxford University Press
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