English Conversation

General Objectives of the Course

This course aims to improve the students’ level of fluency and accuracy in spoken English so that they can express themselves with greater appropriacy and ease in everyday life. The class programme is designed to effectively develop communication skills and fluency in speaking, listening, reading, grammar, pronunciation and writing (Core Skills).
Every lesson will be based on a specific topic or theme. The language skills and grammar are taught within the framework of the topic and will serve to help students apply everything they have learned in a natural way.
As well as using text books, lessons are supplemented with authentic resources, such as newspapers, videos, internet and CD's.
Students are expected to take a full and active part in lessons. Pair and group work allows students time to practise what they have learned.
Student must attend class regularly and complete all assignments. Students must attend 75% of the classes and pass a final test.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be aged 16 years or over.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The student must attend class regularly and complete all assignments. She/he must attend 75% of the classes to pass. A final test mark and course work (participation in class, written assignments, etc.) will determine a pass. The final classification will be given a score from a total of twenty, (20). 10/20 will be the minimum score to pass the course.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

CEF Level B1:

Communicative competence
Describing people
Expressing likes and dislikes
Talking about habits
Telling stories/anecdotes
Making requests
(e.g. Is it OK if I…)
Asking for permission (Would you mind…)
Asking for and giving directions
Formal/Informal Emails & Letters

Grammatical accuracy
Tenses – present simple and continuous; past simple and continuous; present perfect; future + going to, will;
past perfect
Present perfect vs. Past simple
Present perfect continuous
Comparatives and superlatives
Modal verbs
Each other vs. reflexive pronouns

Vocabulary range
Food and restaurants
Transport and Travel
Look vs. look like
-ed/-ing adjectives
Phrasal verbs
Strong adjectives (e.g. amazed)
Prefixes and suffixes

Phonological control
Sounds & spelling
Word stress
Sentence stress
Intonation patterns
Connected speech

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Regulation n.º 339/2012, published in Official Gazette no. 152, 2. Grade, August 7th (Regulation of Creation and Operation of non-degree courses at the UC).

Graduation Requirements

. Por norma, a avaliação de conhecimentos dos nossos discentes rege-se pela avaliação contínua em que se exige 75% de presenças e a realização de duas provas de avaliação. Tomam-se também em linha de conta outros fatores como a participação durante as aulas, a realização de trabalhos de casa e tarefas realizadas ao longo do curso. No final de cada nível, é possível solicitar a emissão do certificado correspondente desde que o aluno tenha tido aproveitamento.

Study Programme

English Conversation

Academic year

Course Type
Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded: Diploma/Certificate

Duration: 6 SEMANAL

ECTS Credits: 1.5


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