English for Arts Students. An intermediate course

langl1212  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

English for Arts Students. An intermediate course
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
4 credits
60.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Avery Catherine; Brabant Stéphanie; Delghust Jean-Luc (coordinator); Van Reet Marie;
Have reached the objectives of the LANGL1111 course (or equivalent).

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 themes discussed in class relate to the students' various majors with a particular emphasis on the history, current situation and culture (in the broad sense of human activities) of the countries where the language is spoken.

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

1 By the end of this course, students are able to
  • have a detailed understanding  of decriptive and argumentative texts on both general and major-specific texts
    > Reading comprehension: level C1 of the CEFR
  • have a detailed understanding of talks/lectures as well as TV, radio or online programs about both general and major-specific texts, provided the language used is standard and produced with proper articulation
    > Listening comprehension: level B2  of the CEFR
  • communicate clearly and in detail about the general topics addessed in class
    > Speaking skills: level B2 of the CEFR
  • master the general and specific vocabulary of the themes discussed (intermediate level)
  • master the main grammar points
  • display an attitude of learner autonomy through a reflexive and proactive approach to learning and practicing English.

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 materials include written and audio-visual sources in modern English. Their content is related to history, art history, philosophy, archeology and some of the debates at the heart of those disciplines.
Teaching methods
The course is primarily predicated on class attendance, and relies on active participation on the students' part before, during and after the class sessions. All communication takes place in the target language. English is used in as practical a way as possible, through debates, discussions, presentations, etc., whose goal is to not only broaden the students' vocabulary range and improve their command of grammar and pronunciation, but also to improve thei self-confidence and ease when speaking English.
The students adopt a reflexive and proactive attitude towards their own learning process. In addition to the course notes and their active participation in both the online and in-class activities, they are expected to keep track of their process in a portoflio which records their objectives, output, action points and progress. 
Evaluation methods
  • Continuous assessment = 50 % (participation, tasks, portolio, discussions with the instructor)
  • January exam = 25 % (the students who fail the January exam must cover the material again in the June exam)
  • June exam = 25 % (or 50 % for the studentas who had failed in January)
  • September session: the students resit whatever part(s) for which they didn't get 10/20.
    For the continuous assessment part, a substantial amount of personal work along with an oral exam about it will be required.
  • Syllabus du cours LANGL1212
  • Plate-forme en ligne du cours LANGL1212 sur Moodle UCL
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Bachelor in Philosophy

Bachelor in History

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology