Comunicação e Expressão do Inglês C1.1 - Línguas e Relações Empresariais - Sem Ramos - Especialidades

ECTS / Credit Units
Year: 2 / 1º Semestre
Plan: 2013/14
Scientific Area: LIE
Level: Avançado

Semestral Hour Load

Theorical-Pratical: 64.00
Pratical and Laboratorial:


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Degree having this Course

Degree - Branch Degree Plan Year
Línguas e Relações Empresariais - Sem Ramos - Especialidades 2013/14

Teaching Staff

Dominique Marie Figueira Curado Castanheira da Costa
Dominique Marie Figueira Curado Castanheira da Costa

Responsável pelas Pautas
Ensino teórico-prático

Course Information

Course Objectivs

This course in Communication Skill in English (C1.1 Level from The Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning) aims at building on students' knowledge of the English language, namely its use and usage, including its varieties, both written and ora,l by drawing on an integrative and skill-oriented methodology. It entails the analysis and production of different types of texts based on a diversified corpus related to interpersonal and professional communication across domains so as to: i) develop students' awareness and skills in the process of writing, re-writing and revising texts in English; ii) stimulate students' capacity to recognise adequate linguistic structures and specific domains in order to develop coherent and cohesive texts; iii) promote the use of a variety of techniques in written and oral communication, so as to make students more confident writers and speakers. Hence, intensive and extensive reading of various types of texts is intended to promote students' lifelong, autonomous learning with a focus on academic reading and writing, research, and study skills.

Evaluation Criteria

  • It is mandatory for all students (with the exception of worker students) who have enrolled in this course to attend 80 % of all classes during the semester.
  • During the semester there will be one written exam (see table below).
  • The students' class activities and oral production will also be assessed during the semester (see table below).
  • It is mandatory for worker students to be assessed in the oral component as well. In case these are unable to attend classes regularly, they must consult the course lecturer at the beginning of the course to schedule their oral participation.
  • Students who fail to attend 80% of all classes, at the time the written exam takes place, will be excluded from the exam  and will therefore Fail, but will be allowed to take the Re-sit Exam.
  • Students who have not reached an average mark of 9.5 at the end of the semester will be allowed to do the Re-sit Exam. This will count as 100% and will include all the semester material.
  • All the work assigned during the semester is exam-relevant. Home assignments are compulsory and in class meetings students are expected to be participative and make active contributions.

TYPE A ASSESSMENT - Final grading consists of:

a) Exam                     


b) Class Activities and Oral Production





Re-sit Exam                    


Program Resume (get program detail)

Main Bibliography

Apart from working on a selection of different types of texts to be handed in lecture setting, students will be asked to read and study chapters 1-12 (pp.1-190) in Bill Bryson?s Mother Tongue: The English Language (1990). Oral and written work will be assigned on the book?s different chapters and there will be exam questions as well.

Primary Sources

Bryson, B., Mother Tongue: The English Language (1990), London: Penguin Books, 1991.

Crystal, D., The English Language, London: Penguin Books, 1988.

Freeborn, D. et al., Varieties of English - An Introduction to the Study of Language, London: Macmillan, 1993.

Goatly, A., Critical Reading and Writing, London: Routledge, 2000.

Harmer, J. and R. Rossner, More than Words: Vocabulary for Intermediate to Advanced Students, Books 1 and 2, Essex: Longman, 1991.

Pallant, A., English for Academic Study, University of Reading, Reading: Garnet education, 2007.

Seely, J., Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Thorne, S., Advanced English Language, London: Macmillan, 1997.




Other Biographical Sources / Support Documents

Secondary Sources

Bhatia, K., Analysing Genre - Language Use in Professional Settings, Essex: Longman, 1998.

Bloomer, A. et al., Language in Use - A Coursebook, London: Routledge, 2005.

Burton, S. and J. Humphries, Mastering the English Language, London: Macmillan, 1992.

Finch, G., Word of Mouth: A New Introduction to Language and Communication, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Frank, M., Writing as Thinking, New Jersey: Prentice Hall Regents, 1990.

Goddard, A., The Language of Advertising, London: Routledge, 2002.

Hargie, O., and D. Dickson, Skilled Interpersonal Communication - Research, Theory and Practice, London: Routledge, 2004.

Maidment, E. and N. Mercer, "English in the Academic World" in Learning English: Development and Diversity, London: The Open University, Routledge, 1996, pp. 283-319.

O'Connel, S., Focus on Advanced English, London: Collins ELT, 1992.

Ravelli, L. and R. Ellis, Analysing Academic Writing: Contextualized Frameworks, London: Continuum, 2004.

Vince, M., Advanced Language Practice, Oxford: Heineman, 2004.

White, R. and V. Arndt, Process Writing, Essex: Longman, 1992. 

Student Support

Tuesdays: 6.00pm-8.00pm.

Students must contact their lecturer by email, at least 24 hours prior to their appointment.

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Tuesdays: 6.00pm-8.00pm.

Students must contact their lecturer by email, at least 24 hours prior to their appointment.