Identifying Data 2019/20
Subject (*) Use of English 2 Code 613G03037
Study programme
Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Graduate 1st four-month period
Fourth Obligatory 6
Language
English
Teaching method Face-to-face
Prerequisites
Department Letras
Coordinador
Dopico Garcia, Alberto
E-mail
alberto.dopico@udc.es
Lecturers
Doolittle Kratofil, Timothy Brian
Dopico Garcia, Alberto
Fowlie , James Alexander
E-mail
t.doolittle@udc.es
alberto.dopico@udc.es
james.fowlie@udc.es
Web
General description Ampliación do estudo normativo da lingua inglesa. Elaboración e análise de textos oral e escrito de diferentes ámbitos.
Nivel lingüístico que se espera alcanzar: C1 máis algunhas competencias de C2.
Contingency plan

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A2 Saber analizar e comentar textos e discursos literarios e non literarios utilizando apropiadamente as técnicas de análise textual.
A6 Ter un dominio instrumental avanzado oral e escrito da lingua inglesa.
A9 Elaborar textos orais e escritos de diferente tipo en lingua galega, española e inglesa.
A10 Ter capacidade para avaliar criticamente o estilo dun texto e para formular propostas alternativas e correccións.
A15 Ser capaz de aplicar os coñecementos lingüísticos e literarios á práctica.
A17 Coñecer a historia e a cultura das comunidades anglófonas.
A18 Dominar a gramática da lingua inglesa.
A20 Coñecer a variación lingüística da lingua inglesa.
B1 Utilizar os recursos bibliográficos, as bases de datos e as ferramentas de busca de información.
B2 Manexar ferramentas, programas e aplicacións informáticas específicas.
B3 Adquirir capacidade de autoformación.
B4 Ser capaz de comunicarse de maneira efectiva en calquera contorno.
B5 Relacionar os coñecementos cos doutras áreas e disciplinas.
B6 Ter capacidade de organizar o traballo, planificar e xestionar o tempo e resolver problemas de forma efectiva.
B7 Ter capacidade de análise e síntese, de valorar criticamente o coñecemento e de exercer o pensamento crítico.
B10 Comportarse con ética e responsabilidade social como cidadán/á e profesional.
C2 Dominar a expresión e a comprensión de forma oral e escrita dun idioma estranxeiro.
C3 Utilizar as ferramentas básicas das tecnoloxías da información e as comunicacións (TIC) necesarias para o exercicio da súa profesión e para a aprendizaxe ao longo da súa vida.
C5 Entender a importancia da cultura emprendedora e coñecer os medios ao alcance das persoas emprendedoras.
C7 Asumir como profesional e cidadán a importancia da aprendizaxe ao longo da vida.

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
Students will learn how to describe a person in terms of physical appearance, personality life and lifestyle. They will be able to give details of a person's height/build, age, facial features, hair, clothing moving from the most general aspects to the most specific details. They will also describe a person's personality and behaviour, life, lifestyle and beliefs. A6
A9
A10
A17
A18
A20
B5
B6
C2
C3
Students will be able to describe places/buildings which include factual information such as age, size, colour, materials, etc., details relating to senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste) to suggest mood and atmosphere, give opinions and impressions of the place or building. Use descriptive vocabulary, correct grammar and narrative techniques which will make the description more interesting. A6
A10
A15
A18
A20
B1
B4
B6
B7
C2
C3
C7
At the end of the course, students should be able understand and make descriptions of objects giving accurate information concerning size, weight, shape, pattern and decoration, and material. A6
A10
A15
A18
A20
B1
B2
B3
B4
B5
B6
B7
C2
C3
C7
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to understand and write a descriptive composition about events such as festivals, celebrations, mentioning the time, type of event, date, place and reason for its celebration, preparations for the event and the event itself as well as people's feelings or comments on the event. A6
A10
A15
A18
A20
B2
B6
B7
C2
C3
C7
By the end of the lesson students should be able to understand and produce a narrative presenting a connected series of events, either imaginary or based on your own experience, in a vivid descriptive style, including the thoughts, reactions and feelings of the characters, the setting of the scene, and a vivid of the place in order to capture the reader's attention. A6
A10
A15
A18
A20
B2
B6
B7
C2
C3
C7
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to understand and write for and against essays presenting both sides of an issue, discussing points in favour of a particular topic as well as those against, or the advantages and disadvantages of a particular question. Each point should be supported by justifications, examples or reasons. The writer's opinion should be presented as well. A6
A10
A15
A18
A20
B2
B3
B5
B7
B10
C2
C3
C5
C7
At the end of this lesson students should be able to understand and write opinion essays, presenting a writer's personal opinion concerning a topic, clearly stated and supported by reasons and examples, as well as presenting the opposing viewpoint on the subject. A6
A10
A15
A18
A20
B2
B6
B7
C2
C3
C7
By the end of this lesson, students should be able to write essays suggesting solutions to problems in which the problem is associated with a particular issue or situation which is analised and possible solutions are put forward together with any expected results and consequences. A2
A6
A10
A15
A18
A20
B2
B6
B7
B10
C2
C3

Contents
Topic Sub-topic
Describing people. Describe physical appearance, personality and behaviour, lifestyle and beliefs

Use of the simple present tense for the description of people. Use of adecuate vocabulary.
Organization of information is a key element that should be taken into account.
Describing places /buildings Name/location/population of the place, reason for choosing a place.
Place: surroundings
Building: surroundings, detailed description of exterior, interior.

Use relative pronouns to make more complex sentences for the description of places and buildings.
Describing objects size, weight, age, shape, pattern, colour, origin, material, special charactericsts, reason for being special

Use of appropriate adjectives and collocations, formal and informal linguistic styles for the description of a tourist article or a family postcard.
Decribing festivals/events/ceremonies Set the scene
Preparations
Description of actual event
Explanation and reason
Feelings, comments and thoughts
Narratives Set the scene
Main body
Final paragraph.

Use of direct and indirect speech for creating situations and dialogues in stories.
Discursive essays For and against
Opinion
Solutions to problems

Care should be taken to organize the information so that it flows logically and reasonably to the reader. The organization of the argumentation should be done in such a way that it look more convincing for the reader.

Planning
Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Guest lecture / keynote speech A6 A10 A15 A17 A18 A20 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B10 C2 C3 C5 C7 21 26.25 47.25
Supervised projects A2 A6 A10 A15 A18 A20 B1 B2 B6 B7 C2 C3 C7 14 17.5 31.5
Directed discussion A6 A10 A15 A18 A20 B2 B6 B7 C2 C3 7 5.25 12.25
Long answer / essay questions A2 A6 A9 A10 A15 8 10 18
Mixed objective/subjective test A6 A9 A10 A15 A18 A20 C2 2 36 38
 
Personalized attention 3 0 3
 
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies
Methodologies Description
Guest lecture / keynote speech In these whole group sessions , there will be explanations, examples and advice on how to take best adavntage of the material; a basic text book will be used (absolutely essential for class work and private study); there will also be other written texts and audiovisual examples.
Supervised projects Written tasks on different topics related to those dealt with in class; descriptions, narratives, essays, etc.
Directed discussion Development of competence in presenting oral arguments; role-playing, fluency; team work.
Long answer / essay questions a discursive essay is a piece of writing which discusses a particular issue, situation or problem.
Mixed objective/subjective test Completion of different types of exercises; distinguishing between different usage and meaning; transformation of sentences.

Personalized attention
Methodologies
Directed discussion
Supervised projects
Description
Preparation, and comments on work done.

Individual and group interaction to improve performance.

Both the lecturer and the assistant are available in weekly tutorial office hours to solve any problems or give advice. Outside these hours, we can also be reached via e-mail.

ADI is a university office specialised in attending to members of the university with special needs due to discapacity or other differentiating situations with regard to the rest of the community. Students can talk to Dr. Ana Veleiro for more information, or contact ADI directly at http://www.udc.es/cufie/uadi/, or by phone ext. 5622, or via email: adi@udc.es.

Assessment
Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Long answer / essay questions A2 A6 A9 A10 A15 The essay test will consist of a proposal to write different types of text of the types treated and practiced in both theoretical and practical classes. The organization of the information, the vocabulary used and also the final style will be taken into account for the final assessment. 40
Mixed objective/subjective test A6 A9 A10 A15 A18 A20 C2 Completion of different types of exercises; distinguishing between different usage and meaning; transformation of sentences. 35
Supervised projects A2 A6 A10 A15 A18 A20 B1 B2 B6 B7 C2 C3 C7 Written tasks on different topics related to what has been dealt with in class; summaries and presentations; academic writing techniques. 25
 
Assessment comments

1.    
Deadlines for handing in the supervised projects will
be given.  You must hand in all tasks required for marks to be added
to the rest of the marks. Work handed in late, without adequate justification,
will be penalized.

2.    
You will be required to sign in at every session
(whole group, interactive and tutorial groups). Regular attendance is an
indication of your interest in the subject, apart from being necessary for
progress.

3.    
Mixed objective/subjective test: (exam on written
exercises) the date is fixed by the Faculty with the first opportunity at the
end of the semester. This date is NOT negotiable. Students should, therefore,
make sure they are present, especially if they travel during the Christmas
holidays.This applies to all students, both local UDC ones and visiting Erasmus
students.

4.    
The second opportunity, in July, according to the dates
approved by the Faculty, will consist of repeating the part(s) of the
assessment not already passed, maintaining the same percentages. If the
"supervised projects" (assignments) part is failed, students must present new pieces of work. Details will
be posted on Moodle, with deadlines during the second semester and
before the exam period begins. 

5.    
 The July opportunity is not intended as a way of
improving marks in sections already passed; it is only for resitting the parts
which a student has failed.

6.    
A minimum mark of 5 out of 10 is necessary in each
part of the assessment in order to pass this subject.

7.    
Students will obtain a "no presentado"
(absent from assessment) if they do not attend the exams and if they do not
hand in any work.

8.    
Students who are officially registered as part time,
and have been granted permission not to attend classes, as stipulated in the
regulations of this University, will be assessed in either of the opportunities
according to the same criteria specified for the second opportunity.

9.       
Students sitting
the December exam (final exam brought forward) will be assessed according to
the criteria specified for the July opportunity.

10.  
If you fail the first opportunity and do not attend
the second opportunity, your mark will be suspenso (fail).

11.  
For more details, see Recommendations section.


Sources of information
Basic Virginia Evans (2000). Successful Writing Proficiency. Express Publishing

This book is obligatory for use in the whole group classes. 

Complementary Mansfield, F. & C. Nuttall (2007). Proficiency Practice Tests. With Key. London: Thomson ELT

Libro de practicas de writing en clase


Recommendations
Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before
Use of English 1/613G03020

Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously

Subjects that continue the syllabus

Other comments
  • We recommend attending and participating in class, so as to be up to date with your studies; we also ask you to carry out the tasks within the specified time limits. You will be asked to sign in to every class, because this is an indicator of your level of interest and implication in the subject.
  • The only e-mail address we will use is the official UDC one, so check it regularly. Please write to us from this UDC address to avoid your mail being lost or eliminated as spam. Other announcements will appear on Moodle, so check regularly.
  • Attending class allows you to understand the subject better, to acquire individual and collective competence, continuous learning, direct interaction with other students, and the possiblity of participating more actively in the teaching-learning methodology.   May we remind you that UDC is not a distance-learning university, but one in which students are expected to be present. Consequently, it is complusory to attend  classes in each subject.  In certain cases, officially approved by the University, students may opt out of the obligation to attend classes.  Otherwise, you are expected to  attend and your absences will be duly noted.
  • Note that exam dates at UDC are not negotiable; if you are an Erasmus student in Coruña, you are obliged to follow the UDC academic calendar, not the calendar of your home university. We cannot programme different dates to suit individual students.

 



(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.