Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Onderwijs en Training
English language and presentation skills34611/3344/2425/1/37
Study guide

English language and presentation skills

Academic year 2024-25
Is found in:
  • International programmes AP: European Project Semester, programme stage 3
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Co-ordinator: Vanhoutte Edward
Other teaching staff: Dirkx Bie, 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: 15.10.2024 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: This course unit is eligible for deliberation according to the criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.
Total study time: 75,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

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

Course content

This course aims to support AP's international and interdisciplinary European Project Semester (EPS) programme. It starts from the student's level of English and progresses towards fluent professional communication in English, focusing on developing the four key communicative skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course covers both the formal requirements of language acquisition, such as vocabulary, grammar and syntax, and performative presentation skills. The course covers non-violent communication, anxiety, and nervousness. Additionally, it introduces students to the use of AI tools for writing, translating, and correcting.

A prerequisite for this upper-intermediate to advanced level course is a good knowledge of English, with a minimum entry level of B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) required. The topics covered will be adapted to meet the specific needs of students. A placement test will be used to assess the skills of students. The relevant parts of grammar and syntax will be revised as necessary, and acquired language skills will be transferred to different communicative situations. The teaching and learning strategies will include student-centred activities based on self-directed learning tasks such as assignments, critical reflection, presentations, meetings, negotiations, and report writing. Additionally, current events and issues related to EPS and communication will be addressed.

The course comprises ten 2-hour taught sessions, 25 hours of self-study and assignments, and 30 hours of preparation with a linguistic focus for the project report and final presentation.

The course aims to enhance EPS students' English writing and speaking skills, as well as revise their grammar and syntax to fine-tune their language proficiency. It focuses on developing communication skills in various contexts, including oral communication, self-regulation, self-sustained learning, and accurate pronunciation. The course is designed to improve students' academic English abilities.


- Attendance & continuous assessment: 10%
- Self-study – Assignments: 20%
- AI Writing Assignment: 20%
- Oral examination midterm presentation: 10%
- Oral examination final presentation: 40%

Study material (text): Mandatory

All study materials and assignments will be made available on the Digitap e-learning platform.

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Collaborative learning25,00 hours
Lectures and / or tutorials20,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours30,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series15,00Self-learning & assignments
Eerste examenperiodeProject assignment15,00AI writing assignment
Eerste examenperiodeProject assignment15,00written final report (group score)
Eerste examenperiodeSkills assessment during the examination series35,00oral examination final presentation
Eerste examenperiodeSkills assessment during the examination series10,00oral examination midterm presentation
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series15,00Self-learning & assignments
2nd examination periodProject assignment15,00AI writing assignment
2nd examination periodProject assignment15,00written final report (group score)
2nd examination periodSkills assessment during the examination series45,00oral examination final presentation
Evaluation(s) for both exam chances, not reproducible in re-sit exam
Eerste examenperiodeKnowledge and comprehension test permanently during class weeks (Permanent evaluation)10,00Attendance & continuous assessment

Evaluation (text)

- Attendance & continuous assessment: 10%
- Self-study – Assignments: 20%
- AI Writing Assignment: 20%
- Oral examination midterm presentation: 10%
- Oral examination final presentation: 40%

Artesis Plantijn Grading Scale compared to the ECTS scale, also available online:

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