Advanced English language skills I

lgerm1327  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Advanced English language skills I
5.00 credits
45.0 h + 45.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Bulon Amélie; Bulon Amélie (compensates De Cock Sylvie); De Cock Sylvie;
Level B2 of the Common Europea Framework of Reference for Languages
In order to achieve the objectives of the course, the participants will be faced to a wide range of audio-visual, written and oral material about both familiar and unfamiliar topics belonging to personal, social, cultural, professional and academic everyday life.
Teaching methods
Lectures (focus on vocabulary extension, accuracy and certain types of written genres; listening and reading comprehension) and exercise sessions (pronunciation and conversation; listening and reading comprehension). 
Self-study: Gairns, R. and Redman, S. (2008) Oxford Word Skills (Advanced). Oxord University Press.
The lectures and exercise sessions are given face to face (or online via Teams or using dual mode teaching if face to face teaching is not possible in case of a health crisis for example).
Evaluation methods
Certificate evaluation. Exam in June: five main parts:
  • Oral production (with and without interaction; conversation and pronunciation):  20% of the final mark
  • Written production: 20% of the final mark
  • Listening comprehension: 20% of the final mark
  • Leading comprehension: 20% of the final mark
  • Focus on forms (vocabulary, error detection and correction, grammar exercises): 20% of the final mark
  • The final mark for the course is the weighted mean of the five parts. As we are aiming to train language specialists, the focus on language accuracy is of particular importance. Details on the specific weight of language accuracy in each part is available in a document on the LGERM1327 Moodle page. 
  • /!\ Students who get a grade lower than 8/20 for one of the five main parts of the exam (oral production, written production, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, focus on forms) will fail this course overall (7/20 or less if the mean is lower).
Continuous assessment:
  • active participation in the conversation and pronunciation classes and in oral presentations  
  • protfolio of written assignments: four individual assignments and one group assignment will be set throughout the year (2 written assignments in term 1 and 3 written assignments in term 2). 
  • exemption vocabulary test during the January session (exemption: 10/20): one third of the final mark for the 'focus on forms' part of the written exam in June.
Students who have to resit the June exam (September session) need to redo the exam parts for which they did not get 10/20 in June or the parts for which they were absent (oral production, written production, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, focus on forms). 
Words of caution
  • At the end of the academic year, some parts of the exam will take place before the offical exam session. No 'catch-up' session will be organized for these parts.  
  • Students who do not hand in the written assignments of the portfolio on time or who do not participate in the oral presentations will be penalised: one mark per missing assignment will be deducted from the final grade for the written production part of the course and/or three marks will be deducted from the final grade for the oral production part (no presentation).
  • An absence for any part of the exam, be it justified or not, will result in an overall absence grade (A) for the whole exam.
Online resources
  • Course notes and teaching material on Moodle. Please bring them to class (paper or electronic version).
  • Exercices et documents de travail sur Moodle (plateforme e-learning)
  • Gairns, R. & Redman, S. (2008) Oxford Word Skills (Advanced).  Oxford: Oxford University Press. (with CD-ROM).
Teaching materials
  • Course notes and teaching material on Moodle
  • Gairns, R. & Redman, S. (2008) Oxford Word Skills (advanced). Oxford University Press.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Minor in English Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General