Teaching GuideTerm
Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  Lingua Inglesa 4
Topic Sub-topic
-WRITING What is the MLA writing style? Style and register, formal and informal language, connotation and denotation, post-structuralism and binary opposition, punctuation, paragraph, connectors, the essay (e.g. argumentative and research essays), title, introduction, (hypo)thesis vs. topic, body, conclusion, information sources (web and printed), list of works cited, citations in the body of the text, plagiarism, footnotes and endnotes, etc.

Throughout the course, you will learn to write different texts such as the motivation letter, the professional CV, and the MLA essay. The latter will be the
part of the final exam.
-READING What is critical reading? Different levels of comprehension of a text, grammar, vocabulary, structure, rhetorical figures, story and plot, themes, characterization, inference, deduction, analysis, scope and impact, meaning and interpretation, conclusions, etc.

We will read and discuss diverse documents. Two of these documents will be part of the reading comprehension in the final exam.
-SPEAKING How to make an oral presentation, participate in a debate and behave in a job interview.Types of discourses; tips to fight against stage fright; use of pauses, intonation and rhythm in orality; body language; cohesion and coherence; convince and persuade.

Each student must come to class prepared to answer orally about the reading material assigned for that day, as well as to participate in the debates and other activities.

The listening exercises will be related to the grammar and vocabulary seen in class. Students will also work with job interviews and practice for the audio-oral test.

In class you will practice listening to the English language. Listening, apart from being necessary for understanding, is also an ethical act and students are expected to practice ethics.
-GRAMMAR Review and consolidation of both the use of words and important grammatical structures.

Connectors and other elements of textual cohesion. Verbal tenses: their correct and consistent use. Subordinate clauses: relative (e.g. with prepositions) and adverbial. Agreement and order among words. Distinguish among types of words and phrases: adjectives vs. adverbs, conjunctions vs. prepositions and prepositional phrases vs. adverbial phrases.
-VOCABULARY Expansion of vocabulary, with special attention to idiomatic expressions, false friends, phrasal verbs and formal Language

Topics: finding work and describing professional skills; discussing about current issues, both linguistic (e.g. [non] sexist language, [not] using gender markers) and social (emotions, gender, sexuality, diversity and the environment, among others).
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