Interactive English Communication

langl1313  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Interactive English Communication
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
3 credits
30.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Denis Philippe (coordinator);
Professional integration activity

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 are related to their studies and fields of future professional activities.
Broadly speaking, these are all steeped in the English-speaking world's culture.

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

1 At the end of the course, the students should be able to  
  • grasp the content and significance of articles and reports on topics connected with their interests or their jobs.
Reading comprehension : Level B2+ of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages »
  • understand the TV  programmes concerning general topics and oriented towards their fields of interest in standard and clearly articulated English language.
Listening comprehension: Level B2+ of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages »
  • master enough grammar, vocabulary and phonetics to successfully take part in discussions, debates or language-focused activities and give their opinion on general topics.
Speaking: Level B2  of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages ».
This course is interactive and conversation-oriented regardless of the level. The teacher resorts to various techniques and media to help the learners hold a conversation, participate in debates and take the floor.
The students will also be trained to report on articles, radio and TV programs, give a short talk on the English-speaking world culture; discuss historical events and current news; argue about societal and philosophical debates; take part in quizzes.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

  • Training learners to become autonomous readers and listeners of authentic written documents
  • Broadening the students' vocabulary scope
  • Teaching key grammar points such as tenses, modal auxiliaries, connectives and the passive voice.
  • Training students to use listening comprehension strategies in a foreign language
  • Role plays, debates, discussions, student-led classes
  • English pronunciation and stress patterns theory and practice.
As regards speaking skills, the emphasis will be on fluency and depth rather than accuracy.

The course is  taught in a classroom with technological support such as a Moodle platform, Teams and Internet sources. This blended approach might evolve in accordance with constraints linked to the sanitary crisis.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The final mark is based on 5 criteria, each of which is worth 20%.
  1. Class attendance and active participation (and completion of home assignment)
  2. The end-of-term language use written grammar test
  3. The spring team student-led class
  4. The mid-term, oral phonetics test
  5. The May research-based role-play debate on a study-related controversial issue
September exam
Students will not be exempted for a part of the exam. If you take the September exam, you have to re-do the written exam AND the oral exam. Your continuous assessment mark will not be taken into account either. Should a student have been repeatedly absent, s/he will have to read a content-rich book.
  • Syllabus du cours LANGL1313
  • Plateforme Moodle du cours LANGL1313
Teaching materials
  • Interactive Communication
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Evaluation methods
Out-of-Session Oral Exam Assessment In W13 - on TEAMS
In pairs

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in History

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology