English : reading and listening comprehension of texts in Bioengineering

langl1882  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

English : reading and listening comprehension of texts in Bioengineering
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.
2 credits
30.0 h
Dumont Amandine; Halleux Ariane; Meirlaen Sandrine (coordinator); Meyers Lucille; Pertuit Mark Theodore; Peters Charlotte; Toubeau Anne-Julie (coordinator);
To have passed LANGL1881 or reached the B1 level of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages »

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 studied themes are connected with current environmental issues and general scientific topics such as water shortage, earth summits, renewable energy, deforestation, etc.

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

1 At the end of the course, the students should have developed the following skills:
Reading comprehension
  • Receptive skills necessary for writing their dissertation and other academic work. Students should be able to understand in detail both descriptive and argumentative texts concerning general scientific topics about bioengineering.
Level B2-C1 of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages »
Listening comprehension
  • Receptive skills necessary for understanding television programmes (talks, lectures,') on scientific subjects oriented towards bioengineering..
Level B1-B2 of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages »

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 comprehension: portfolio of articles and abstracts from the New Scientist, Scientific American, tetxbooks, ... etc
  • Listening comprehension : set of authentic television programmes on scientific topics
  • Phonetics and pronunciation exercises
  • Introductory speaking skills : short oral presentations
Teaching methods
  • The teaching methods used will encourage the active and interactive participation of the students. The first step, which is crucial, is the preparation of reading activities which will be dealt with more fully in the following lesson: students receive precise instructions on how to work either individually or in groups, on a series of problems which will enable them to discover, for instance, certain lexical or grammatical aspects of texts. Afterwards, during the lesson, the students are expected to comment on the different problems they encountered, and the conclusions they came to.
  • Systematic development of reading strategies.
  • Discourse cohesion, recurrent grammatical structures and additional lexical and grammatical difficulties
  • Listening comprehension : various language laboratory exercises to ensure a thorough understanding of the message.
  • Short oral presentations in groups.
Evaluation methods
  • Exemption test, of the same level as the final exam, at the start of the academic year (10/20 exempts students from course and exam)
  • Continuous assessment : vocabulary and linking word test during the course of the term and e-learning exercises on the 'Moodle' platform.
  • Pronunciation test of frequent scientific and academic terms
  • Short group presentations
  • Active participation in class
  • Written exam on reading and listening skills
> Syllabus LANGL1882
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Interdisciplinary Advanced Master in Science and Management of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management

Bachelor in Bioengineering