Other languages of instruction: Catalan, Spanish
The aim of the programme is primarily to provide students with a range of skills when speaking for different purposes in a professional context.
The programme contains 3 elements that include class-based lessons, tutorials and individual study.
The teacher-led lessons focus on the basic principles of public speaking and the speaking process.
Tutorials will focus on student development and interpersonal skills and will include an evaluated group project.
The final part is the individual study element which primarily focuses on preparing for public speaking through drafting.
All three elements have been specifically designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and resources that will increase their confidence in order to communicate effectively in public and in English.
Preferred minimum overall level is that of a B2 before the start of the course.
To prepare and equip students with the necessary skills needed for oral production/presentation through a series of reading, application, and speaking assignments that build systematically upon one another.
To develop students' interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in both their native and an additional language.
To develop autonomy in preparing for speaking in public through writing drafts and rehearsing.
Based on the use of competencies from the degree programme, students will be able:
1. To communicate research results in scientific paper format, poster or in oral presentations, at both scientific and at an informative level. (competency 19)
2. To communicate in English in an international scientific environment. (competency 11)
Non-linguistic competencies in English
3. To be able to work autonomously in the pursuit of new scientific information (competency 13, part 2)
4. To defend one's research project in an international scientific environment (competency 25)
Students will be able to:
1. Know and use the appropriate format when presenting research results in public, both in a scientific paper and a scientific poster, and in oral communication.
2. Communicate in scientific English
3. Demonstrate the ability to work in a team and autonomously.
Students will learn how to organise the ideas found in their research, how to support those ideas with evidence and reasoning, how to express themselves clearly and convincingly in order to write and make oral presentations. These will vary in style, structure and content ranging from a scientific poster presentation to the presentation of a scientific article.
Students will learn the language structures and the correct format for quoting, paraphrasing, citing, summarising and synthesising information.
Teaching and learning activities
In order to cover all the major aspects of speech preparation, and bearing in mind students' needs, the classroom will become a training ground where students develop skills that will serve them throughout life. They will work individually, in pairs and in groups, learning from one another and accepting criticism in a constructive way.
Evaluation systems and criteria
% final grade
(19 To know and use the appropriate format when presenting research results in public, both in a scientific paper as in a poster, in oral communication.
(11) To communicate in scientific English
(13 part 2, 25) To demonstrate the ability to work autonomously in the research of scientific information
Bibliography and resources
Provided by the teacher
Intranet and Internet based materials for self study;
Student English File Resources (csc) (Intranet forum)
An English-English dictionary