The course focuses on the specific scientific field relating to Engineering, with the aim of enabling students to use the English language and a specific lexicon autonomously, providing them with strategies to understand texts inherent to their specialization. Students attending this course are expected to achieve a B1.2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference.
- Describing situations related to family, work, study, leisure, sports, health
- Giving and asking for information
- Giving and seeking advice (for instance on the creation of prototypes, discussion pf projects, etc.)
- Expressing opinions and providing arguments to support them
- Reading and understanding interviews or articles from specialised journals on topical issues relevant to their area of specialization
- Familiarizing with learning techniques to extrapolate, analyze and discuss a specific text with sufficient autonomy, capturing the general meaning and / or the information required (skimming and scanning, paraphrasing, matching, summary, structuring an answer, etc.).
- Understanding written and oral texts related to the course, extracting the most relevant information.
CEFR B1.1 competences and skills
In the attempt to address students' current training and professionalising needs, the course focuses jointly on linguistic skills and academic and professional knowledge. Therefore, depending on the number of credits and hours available, the course will try to provide students with a thorough preparation that is specific to their degree course and their future careers, with great emphasis on the specialised lexis.
Frontal, interactive lessons and practice exercises mostly in English with the use of reference texts and additional materials for the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. As far as grammar notions are concerned, the flipped classroom model will be adopted, reversing the traditional teaching activities (front lesson and individual study), encouraging autonomous learning while concentrating, during class hours, on the practice and appropriation of grammar structures, in an active and collaborative context.
Lansford L. and P. Astley, 2013, Oxford English for Careers: Engineering 1, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The following units must be studied accurately:
Oral final exam concerning the contents of the course and the units specified.