Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
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English language & presentation skills33319/1667/1920/1/46
Study guide

English language & presentation skills

33319/1667/1920/1/46
Academic year 2019-20
Is found in:
  • International programmes AP: European Project Semester, programme stage 3
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Co-ordinator: Vollebregt Joos
Other teaching staff: Hargreaves Stephen, Marrin Geert
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 2
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 09.03.2020 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: This course unit is eligible for compensation according to the compensated fail criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.
Total study time: 75,00 hours

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

Communication
The student orally presents his/her team’s intermediate and final results and conclusions in an effective and attractive way to an audience of both experts and non-experts
The student uses correct and sufficiently complex English during his/her oral presentations
The student writes a clear and well-written report in English
The student applies, orally as well as in writing, effective and efficient communication methods, means, media and style in function of the various stakeholders of the project
The student understands Dutch sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography)
The student communicates in Dutch in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
The student describes in Dutch in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters related to immediate need

Course content

Advanced English language course (50 hours workload)
This course is intended to support AP’s international and interdisciplinary European Project Semester (EPS) programme. As the specific English vocabulary will be acquired in the professional courses, the ‘English @ work & research!’ course focuses on developing the four main communicative skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course is based on the split-class teaching methodology using the 3-field variant (http://old.hltmag.co.uk/oct09/mart01.htm).

The level is upper-intermediate to advanced, so a good command of English is a prerequisite. Referring to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR the minimal entry level of B2 is required. Topics will be adapted to meet specific student needs. A placement test will be held to pinpoint the students’ skills. The results will be taken into account when forming the split-class activities.
Relevant parts of grammar and syntax are revised if necessary and acquired language skills are transferred to different communication situations. Teaching and learning strategies include student-centred activities based on self-sustained learning tasks: presentations, meetings, negotiations and report writing.
Current events and issues concerning EPS and communication are dealt with.

The course consists of 10 sessions of 2 hours each, 10 hours of consultancy on an individual and/or EPS student team level and 30 hours of preparation (with a linguistic focus) for the project report and final presentation.

The course will help EPS students develop writing and speaking skills, revise personal and relevant grammar and syntax items necessary to fine-tune their language skills. Input is transferred to different communication situations with focus on form, oral communication, self-regulative skills, self-sustained learning and accurate pronunciation. All actions are related to Academic English.

Assessment:

- Self-study – workshops
- In-unit & continuous reflection: 20%
- In-unit & continuous assessment (tasks, presentations, preparations, attendance,...): 10%
- Oral examination midterm presentation: 10%
- Oral examination final presentation: 40%
- Written final report (group score): 20%
A minimum of 50% must be achieved on every separate evaluation module (i.e. continuous assessment and the oral and written examination) to obtain the 2 ECTS credits.

Pitching theory (20 hours workload)
How do you create a good pitch? The students get a list of do’s and don’ts. We address how to write a well-structured pitch. We focus on verbal and non-verbal skills and the students get a toolkit to help them visualize their ideas in their presentation.

Homework: Make a draft of your pitch to present in class.

Pitching workshop (5 hours workload)
Every group presents their pitch. They get feedback on group and individual level.

Study material (text): Mandatory

English language course:
Hand-outs on Digitap e-learning platform
Self-sustained learning paths using library
Multimedia software
Remedial e-learning platform websites
First Certificate of English cd-roms, Longman / Pearson
Focus on Grammar Advanced cd-roms, Longman / Pearson
Oxford Practice Grammar advanced, G. Yule + cd-rom /OUP
Listening materials
Avoiding pitfalls in Academic English

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Collaborative learning20,00 hours
Lectures and / or tutorials25,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours30,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
MomentForm%Remark
Semester 2Reflection assignment13,00English language course: in-unit & continuous reflection
Semester 2Skills assessment hands on26,00English language course: oral examination final presentation
Semester 2Skills assessment hands on7,00English language course: oral examination midterm presentation
Semester 2Project assignment13,00English language course: written final report (group score)
Semester 2Continuous skills assessment hands off (Permanent evaluation)7,00English language course: in-unit & continuous assessment (tasks, presentations, preparations, attendance,...)
Semester 2Skills assessment hands on34,00Pitching: present your pitch
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
MomentForm%Remark
2nd examination periodReflection assignment13,00English language course: in-unit & continuous reflection
2nd examination periodContinuous skills assessment hands on (Permanent evaluation)33,00English language course: oral examination final presentation
2nd examination periodProject assignment13,00English language course: written final report (group score)
2nd examination periodSkills assessment hands off7,00English language course: in-unit & continuous assessment (tasks, presentations, preparations, attendance,...)
2nd examination periodSkills assessment hands on34,00Pitching: present your pitch

Evaluation (text)

- Advanced English language course (2 ECTS)
Self-study - workshops
- In-unit & continuous reflection: 20%
- In-unit & continuous assessment (tasks, presentations, preparations, attendance,...): 10%
- Oral examination midterm presentation: 10%
- Oral examination final presentation: 40%
- Written final report (group score): 20%

A minimum of 50% must be achieved on every separate evaluation module (i.e. continuous assessment and the oral and written examination) to obtain the 2 ECTS credits.

- Pitching (1 ECTS)
Make a draft of your pitch and present in class.

Artesis Plantijn Grading Scale compared to the ECTS scale, also available online: https://www.ap.be/ects/948.

ECTS Grade (A-F) - AP grade - Definition
A - 18/19/20 - EXCELLENT: outstanding performance with only minor errors
B - 15/16/17 - VERY GOOD: above the average standard but with some errors
C - 13/14 - GOOD: generally sound work with a number of notable errors
D - 11/12 - SATISFACTORY: fair but with significant shortcomings
E - 10 - SUFFICIENT: performance meets the minimum criteria
FX - 8/9 - FAIL: possible deliberation
F - 0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7 FAIL: no deliberation possibility