Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

English II

English II
4.5
8092
3
First semester
OB
ESARQ Module
English 2
Main language of instruction: English
If the student is enrolled for the English track then classes for that subject will be taught in the same language.

Teaching staff


 By appointment

Introduction

In the event that the health authorities announce a new period of confinement due to the evolution of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, the teaching staff will promptly communicate how this may effect the teaching methodologies and activities as well as the assessment.


The aim of this programme is primarily to provide students with the skills and knowledge to practice and perform linguistic skills related to the area of architecture in various professional situations and with a multicultural and international scope.

The programme contains 3 elements that include class-based lessons, tutorials and self study. The teacher-led lessons focus on communication skills relevant for future architects. Tutorials will focus on student development and interpersonal skills. The final part being the self study or ‘distance learning’ element which primarily focuses on consolidating grammar and specific lexis through writing and increasing the autonomy of the learner with respect to learning a foreign language.

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 English.

Pre-course requirements

Preferred minimum global level is that of a B1+/B2 before the start of the course.

Objectives

Classroom:

Develop professional communication techniques for common professional situations.

Tutorial:

Develop students’ interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in both native and an additional language.

Self Study:

To develop autonomy with respect to students preparing and adapting their projects to different situations through drafting and rehearsing, carrying out individual and group work related to a variety of themes within the field of architecture. In addition, students will learn how to utilize ICT and internet based resources in order to learn a language independently.

Competencies

Linguistic competencies in English:

Based on the use of competencies from the degree programme, students will be able:

1. (70) To understand the main ideas in complex texts in English, on specific and abstract themes, and in technical discussions related to the professional and specialized field of architecture.

2. (71) To express oneself in English with reasonable fluency and spontaneity, interacting with native speakers in an natural way, without causing strain on either part.

3. (72) To write clear and detailed texts in English on a variety of themes, mainly on architecture and to express points of view in English presenting the advantages and disadvantages of different options.

 

TRAINING ACTIVITYCOMPETENCESECTS CREDITS
Class exhibition
70 71 72 0,71
Class participation
70 71 72 0,47
Clase practice
70 71 72 0,47
Tutorials
70 71 72 0,47
Individual or group study
70 71 72 2,37

Learning outcomes

Students will be able:

1. (70) To understand the main ideas in complex texts in English.

2. (70) To carry out technical discussions in English.

3. (71) To express oneself reasonably fluently in English.

4. (72) To write about a variety of themes related to architecture in English.

5. (72) To express points of view on a variety of themes in English.

Syllabus

Communication skills:

Students will learn to perform in the following areas: recruitment and job search, different types of presentation situations both individually and in groups, discussion and negotiation through case studies and the ability for cross cultural communication.

Language knowledge:

Students will need to revise/consolidate specialist vocabulary and language structures.

Teaching and learning activities

In blended



Students will become actively engaged in the process of preparing themselves for the professional world by presenting their ideas, proposals and studies or pitching for a given project to fellow architects or potential clients. Students will also work in team through case studies, sharing ideas with their colleagues and learning to negotiate in an effective way.

Emphasis will also be given to preparation for self-study using distance learning tools and internet materials, and this will form an essential part of the course, equipping and motivating students for the life-long learning of English.

TRAINING ACTIVITYCOMPETENCESECTS CREDITS
Class exhibition
70 71 72 0,71
Class participation
70 71 72 0,47
Clase practice
70 71 72 0,47
Tutorials
70 71 72 0,47
Individual or group study
70 71 72 2,37

Evaluation systems and criteria

In blended



Presentation 1              35%        (72) To write about a variety of themes related to architecture in English

                                                 (71) To express oneself resonably fluetly in English

 

Presentation 2              35%        (72) To write about a variety of themes related to architecture in English

                                                 (71) To express oneself resonably fluetly in English

 

Project work                 20%        (72) To write about a variety of themes related to architecture in English

                                                 (71) To express oneself resonably fluetly in English

                                                 (70) To understand the main ideas in complex texts in English

                                                 (16) To be able to develop abilities for interpersonal relations

 

Autonomous learning     10%       (30) To demonstrate the ability to learn autonomously

 

In all situations and in both sittings students must pass all sections of the subject.

In the second sitting students will make up for those sections failed in the subject.

 

 

      

Bibliography and resources

Bibliography:

-An English-English dictionary of the student’s choice.

-A Thesaurus of the student’s choice. Heinemann:1997.

-Ching, Francis D. K. A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. Van Nostrand Reinhold: New York, 1997.

-Maclean James H. and Scott, John S. The Penguin Dictionary of Building: 1995

-Putman R. E. and Carlson G. E. Diccionario de Arquitectura Construcción y   Obras Públicas: Paraninfo, 1999.

-Venturi, Robert. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture. MOMA papers: New York, 1966.


Resources:

Class-based materials will be provided by the teacher.

Intranet and internet based materials for self study:

Distance Learning Programme (intranet forum)

Student English File Resources (bcn) (intranet forum)