Code: 31066
Departament: Department of Humanities
Field of Study: Language
    1. English Language
    2. Advanced English
    3. C1 CEFR
Margarida Pereira Martins
E-mail: margarida.martins@uab.pt

Course Description:
The aim of this course unit is to combine an advanced level of language learning with the acquisition of tools that will allow students to understand the linguistic mechanisms underlying everyday use of English. The emphasis will be placed on both the learning of grammar points necessary to the understanding and production of sophisticated texts and also on the perfecting of such skills through the realization of diverse range of communicational tasks. Particular attention will be given to the areas of textual cohesion and coherence and to those elements allowing for the coordination of ideas, both at the level of the sentence and beyond it.

The competences this course unit aims to develop are those that correspond to the levels C1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, including the following:
• Capacity to understand written and oral texts produced in English and to demonstrate this understanding through the realization of diverse communicational tasks;
• Capacity to summarize English-language texts, drawn from a range of non-specialized areas and revealing a high level of discursive complexity;
• Capacity to identify and to employ accurately a broad range of grammatical and lexical structures, adapting them to diverse discursive contexts.

This course unit will give particular emphasis to the following grammatical aspects of the English language:
• Complex sentence structures;
• Using modal verbs to discuss the past;
• The passive voice;
• Articles and determiners;
• Pronouns and processes of substitution and ellipsis;
• Adjectives and adverbs;
• Conditionals;
• Linking and emphasizing ideas.

All of these aspects will be approached from familiar discursive contexts and through the realization of specific communicational tasks. The thematic areas in which these will be explored include the following:
• Making an impact
• Well-being
• The public good
• Laws and justice
• What we value
• Success and failure

Cunningham, G. and J. Bell. Face2Face: Advanced. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Greenbaum, S. and R. Quirk. A Student's Grammar of the English Language, Addison Wesley, 1991.
Yule, G., Oxford Practice Grammar: Advanced, Oxford, 2006.


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Continuous assessment is mandatory: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%).

Prerequisite for enrolment: successful completion of English V or equivalent qualification.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office – gcri@uab.pt