Advanced Communication Skills in English I

General Objectives of the Course

This course aims to interest and inform students about a wide range of popular topics through a variety of authentic texts. Whether or not students are preparing for an advanced-level exam, the course tasks provide thorough practice in all four skills. Each lesson focuses on one main skill but includes tasks which give students the opportunity to practice other skills. For example, in a speaking unit, students may be asked to read a text and then have a discussion about it, or describe the subject of the text in their own words, thereby using reading and speaking skills; or, in a listening unit, students may use a listening text as the basis for a writing task. This integrated skills approach will be of great benefit to students and help them to develop their four skills simultaneously as they would in real life. Students who frequent this course should have completed an upper intermediate general course book, and/or have passed the Cambridge FCE or an equivalent exam.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be aged 16 years or over. Candidates must take a test (mandatory) to evaluate their English proficiency or present a certificate ensuring that their English proficiency is equivalent to a level between Upper-Intermediate and Advanced (after the certificate analysis applicants may be waived testing).

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

Mode of Study

Face-to-Face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Continuous assessment based upon progress made in the various skills (and which will include aspects such as participation, motivation and attendance).

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Advanced Communication Skills in English II is designed to create interest and inform students about a wide range of popular topics through a variety of authentic texts which students will find stimulating. The course provides thorough practice in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of the course students should have:
• Improved their ability to understand native speakers
• Increased their vocabulary and knowledge of common English phrases
• Refined their ability to use English grammar accurately
• Improved the accuracy and fluency of their pronunciation
• Expanded their general knowledge of world issues and current events.

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

As a rule, continuous assessment is the preferential regime to assess our students’ knowledge which requires 75% attendance and completion of two assessment tests. Other elements such as class participation, homework and tasks performed throughout the course, are also taken into account for evaluation. At the end of each level, students can request the corresponding certificate, if the course has been successfully completed.

Study Programme

Advanced Communication Skills in English I

Academic year
2014-2015

Course Type
Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded: Diploma/Certificate

Duration: 68 HORAS

ECTS Credits: 2.5


Applications

Call for Applications (only in portuguese)


Calendar

1st Semester
Start date: 24-09-2014
End date: 26-01-2015
2nd Semester
Start date: 09-02-2015
End date: 02-06-2015