Subject: English B2.2

Scientific Area:

Foreign Language


64 Hours

Number of ECTS:

7,5 ECTS



Overall objectives:

1 - This course essentially aims at the acquisition and improvement by students - independent users - of linguistic structures so that their knowledge of the English tongue in its various competences may be improved at upper-intermediate level.
2 - Entirely taught in English, this course is intended to help students develop specific language skills, namely reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills. Students are asked to participate in a variety of communicative activities to promote their self-confidence in their use of English in everyday situations.


1 - INTRODUCTION - LANGUAGE AWARENESS: Speaking, Listening and Writing Punctuation, Capitalisation, Spelling, Word Stress, Pronunciation, Abbreviations, Standard vs Non-standard Forms, Br. English vs Am. English
2 - VOCABULARY AND READING A - Vocabulary Expansion through analysing language in context from Total English - Upper-Intermediate, Students' Book (Units 6-10). B - Extensive Reading Students will also read a novel.
3 - ENGLISH GRAMMAR ?Nouns, Word Formation, Pronouns, Adjectives, Modifiers ?Irregular Verbs, Verb Classes, Leading Forms, Finite/Non-finite Verbs, Verb Tenses -Past Modals of deduction, Phrasal Verbs with three parts -Reported Speech and Reporting Verbs; Direct, Subject, Indirect Questions -If Structures (2): First, Second, Zero, Third, and Mixed Conditionals -Compound and Complex Sentences -Relative Clauses; Passives.


Foley, M , 2006 , Total English - Upper-Intermediate, Workbook , Pearson, Longman
Acklan, R. & Crace, A , 2006 , Total English - Upper Intermediate, Students? Book , Pearson Longman
D?Aguiar, Fred , 1994 , The Longest Memory , Vintage
Wilde, O. , 1994 , The Picture of Dorian Grey ,

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Classes are of the expository, theoretical-practical type. The presentation of the syllabus material is achieved through constant lecturer-student-lecturer interaction. During class-meetings students will develop their oral production as well as their written work in English, both through individual work and pair work. Students are also asked to use Total English - Upper Intermediate, Workbook, which will help them consolidate what has been studied in class. In terms of assessment, Assessment - Type A was chosen from the Assessment Regulation of Madeira University. Hence, students are assessed during the semester in two written partial exams (Exam 1: 45% + Exam 2: 45%) and in an online component (10%), in which their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills will be tested at upper-intermediate.