PROGRAMA OFICIAL
2016 / 17

ASSIGNATURA

Anglès especialitzat en Periodisme

CRÈDITS ECTS3,00
CODI DE L'ASSIGNATURABANGPER
IDIOMA EN QUÈ S'IMPARTEIXAnglès  
ESTUDIS
CODI
TITULACIÓ
TIPUS
CURS
SEMESTRE
GCTV
Grau en Cinema i Televisió
Optativa
Tercer
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GPME
Grau en Periodisme
Optativa
Tercer
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GPRP
Grau en Publicitat i Relacions Públiques
Optativa
Tercer
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PREREQUISITS

Students must have completed the four levels of English for Communication Studies at this university or have Cambridge First Certificate or equivalent.

CONEIXEMENTS PREVIS

This program in designed for third year journalism students and it assumes that students have taken at least 320 hours of English (First Certificate level/B2 in the CEFR) and are, therefore, familiar with upper-intermediate grammar structures and vocabulary of the language.

ASSIGNATURES QUE S'HAN DE CURSAR SIMULTÀNIAMENT

None.

DESCRIPCIÓ DE L'ASSIGNATURA

English for journalist has been designed according to the needs perceived by professional and academic journalists. It is based on research findings in the field of English for specific purposes (ESP) and the program follows the principles advanced by the Section of Modern Languages of the Council of Europe and the Common European Framework of Reference.The course has been created from a communicative perspective and is taught by means of task-based methodology. Students have to carry out a series of tasks and projects related to different topics within the field of journalism. In those tasks and projects, students will use English, both receptively and productively, to accomplish the objectives set for each task or longer-term project.

Block 1 (Entire Group) – Conceptual and analytical elements: This class imparts specialized vocabulary and concepts related to the sourcing or documentation of articles, interviewing, e-mail and telephone communication, and socializing.

Block 2 (Learning Unit) – The Commonwealth project: In the Learning Unit, students will specialize in a country of the Commonwealth and will work on gathering, analyzing, and presenting in both oral and written forms information about the history, politics, and media of the country.

This course belongs to Module 1: Linguistic expression, and is part of the block of elective credits that the School has established in accordance with state legislation.


COMPETÈNCIES

1. Knowledge and correct oral and written use of English.

1.1 Consolidation and improvement of the skills and knowledge of English acquired in English for Communication Studies I-IV, reaching a level of oral fluency and comprehension of both written and spoken English that is equal or superior to Cambridge Advanced ( C1 in the Common European Framework).

2. Basic ability to understand communicative production, both written and audiovisual, in Standard English.

3. Ability to discuss and write correctly texts and other media products related to communication.

3.1 Development of students’ critical ability and academic/professional writing skills, specifically related to journalism-related tasks.

3.2 To familiarize students with the most common words, idioms, and metaphors of the language in the media.

3.3 To raise students’ awareness of how language choices influence meanings in the media.

4. To improve linguistic and communicative strategies involved in the five main groups of tasks that journalists need to perform. These include documentation, interviewing, e-mail communication, telephone language, and socializing.


CONTINGUTS

Block 1 (Entire Group)

I. SOURCING AND DOCUMENTATION : Gathering and analyzing information about natural disasters, immigration, armed conflicts, elections, terrorism, social movements, business scandals, peace talks, crime and punishment, film reviews, technology and robots, sports, arts, and headline language, among others.

II. INTERVIEWING: written interviews, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, and press conferences.

III. TELEPHONE LANGUAGE: obtaining information and making arrangements, among others.


Block 2 (Learning Unit)

IV. THE COMMONWEALTH PROJECT

   A. Historical and political contextualization of the country

   B. Description of the media (radio, television, major newspapers).

   C. Presentation of a series of news stories which are revealing of social concerns in the country.

V. III. E-MAIL COMMUNICATION: Requesting, thanking, urging, and apologizing, among others.

VI. SOCIALIZING: Introductions (e.g. the use of social formulas when introducing yourself or others), entertaining guests over a meal (e.g. providing personal information, describing people and things, attracting someone’s attention, narrating, solving communication problems), retrieving information from sources through small talk, the provision and retrieval of information at official institutions, participation in professional gatherings (e.g. asking for an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing, speculating, predicting, expressing possibility or certainty) as well as other social actions (promising, giving reasons, thanking, accepting and declining an offer, persuading, suggesting, advising, hedging, showing interest, remembering, being polite, encouraging, telling a story, comforting).

METODOLOGIA

The program follows a task-based approach, in which students must carry out a series of journalism-related tasks (e.g. sourcing an article, interviewing a source, requesting information via e-mail) which have a specific goal, a particular procedure, and from which an outcome is expected. Hence, each task begins with a pre-task phase in which ideas are activated and input is provided. During the task-cycle, students must work in pairs or small groups in class or outside class. This is followed by a planning stage which students use to prepare and practice their report, and a report phase, which demands a public oral presentation of the students’ work. Each task concludes with a language focus stage in which specific words, collocations, idioms, and metaphors are targeted. Part of this phase can be carried out by students outside the class. Students are also expected to carry out research, obtain information from sources, and improve specific language skills outside class.

a

Classroom instruction

b

Individual exercises in class

c

Individual exercises outside of class

d

Reading of texts

e

Viewing of videos

f

Group exercises in class

g

Group exercises outside of class

i

Presentations in class

j

Participation and group discussions in class

k

Preparation of exams

l

Taking of exams

The above mentioned activities apply to the Entire Group, and they include a final exam which evaluates their knowledge of vocabulary and mastery of concepts which have been taught through those activities.

a

Classroom instruction

b

Individual exercises in class

c

Individual exercises outside of class

f

Group exercises in class

g

Group exercises outside of class

j

Participation in class

The outcome of the Learning Unit is an oral and a written report of the specific country.


AVALUACIÓ

The final grade in the course will be the result of the proportional mathematical calculation based on the two partial grades. The general evaluation will be based on:

a) a written exam

b) oral exams

c) individual exercises

d) group exercises

e) presentations in class

1. Entire group (65% of final grade)

A. Exams: There is one written and oral final exam (a) which constitutes 50% of the final grade of the Entire Group.

B. The remaining 50% of the Entire Group grade is based on the following types of exercises:

c) Individual exercises in and outside class

d) group exercises inside and outside of class

e) presentations in class

Doing 70% of class exercises is a prerequisite for taking the final exam. Students who do not meet this requirement will not have the right to take the exam at either the first or the second sitting and must repeat this block of the course the following term.

Students whose Group grade is insufficient to pass (but who have met the requirement stipulated above) can re-sit the final exam in the second exam sitting. In the second exam sitting, the class work grade (based on exercises) will be kept, so the final exam will still constitute the same 50% of the grade for the Entire Group.

2. Learning unit: Social, political and cultural analysis of a Commonwealth country (35% of final grade)

b) Oral exam

c) Individual exercises inside and outside of class including technical equipment

d) Group exercises in class

Doing 80% of class exercises is a prerequisite for passing the Learning Unit. Students who do not meet this requirement will not pass the Learning Unit and must repeat the course the following term.

In the second sitting, students whose work in the Learning Unit was insufficient will have to produce a social, political and cultural report on a Commonwealth country (different from the one chosen in the Learning Unit) within the deadlines and in the format established by the teacher of the course.

Students must achieve passing grades in both the Entire Group and the Learning Unit in order to pass the course. If a student fails to pass both blocks in the second exam sitting, he/she must register for the class again in the next academic year, as must a student whose participation was not sufficient to earn the right to be evaluated.


CRITERIS D'AVALUACIÓ DE RESULTATS

Competence 1:

Knowledge and correct oral and written use of English. (A, B, C, D, E)

Consolidation of and improvement improve upon the skills and knowledge of English acquired in English for Communication Studies I-IV, reaching a level of oral fluency and comprehension of both written and spoken English that is equal or superior to Cambridge Advanced ( C1 in the Common European Framework).

Competence 2:

Basic ability to understand communicative production, both written and audiovisual, in Standard English. (C, D) Students must show mastery of the most common words, idioms, and metaphors of the language in the media. Students must show awareness of how language choices influence meanings in the media.

Competence 3:

Ability to discuss and write correctly texts and other media products related to communication. (A, B, D, E). Development of students’ critical ability and creative writing skills, specifically related to journalism-based tasks.

Competence 4

Ability to apply linguistic and communicative strategies involved in the five main groups of tasks that journalists need to perform, including documentation, interviewing, e-mail communication, telephone language, and socializing.

BIBLIOGRAFIA BÀSICA

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

Gilabert, R. & Massegú, O. (2016) English for Journalists. Barcelona: Blanquerna School of Communication Studies and International Relations, Universitat Ramon Llull.


RECOMMENDED MATERIALS:

Ceramella, N.; Lee, E. & Day J. (2008), Cambridge English for the Media Student's Book with Audio CD. Cambridge: CUP.

Branston, G. & Stafford, R. (2010). The media student’s book. London: Routledge.

Evans, H. (2000) Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers. London: Random House.

Hicks, W. (2013). English for Journalists. London: Routledge.

Martínez, R. (2002). Conversation Lessons. Boston: Heinle.

Mascull, B. (1995). Key words in the media. Bedfordshire (UK): Harper Collins.



BIBLIOGRAFIA COMPLEMENTÀRIA

 

Grammar and vocabulary guides or exam preparation workbooks for FCE and/or CAE from various publishing houses: Longman, Cambridge ESOL or Oxford University Press.


A Catalan-English/English-Catalan dictionary (pocket version): Oxford Pocket Català. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Last edition).

or a Spanish-English/English-Spanish dictionary (pocket version): Collins Español-Inglés English Spanish. Barcelona: Grijalbo (Last edition).

An English-English dictionary (pocket version): Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Last edition).

News clips and radio recordings.

Frontline, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).

NPR News (National Public Radio).

BBC Word Service.

BBC World Service, Words in the News

Reuters, CNN and Sky news websites

Monocle 24 radio



PREPARAT PER:   
Oriol Massegú Blanch
DATA DE LA DARRERA REVISIÓ22/07/2016