OFFICIAL PROGRAM
2016 / 17

SUBJECT

English for I.R. 1

ECTS CREDITS
SUBJECT CODEIIDIOM1
LANGUAGE IN WHICH IT IS GIVENEnglish  
STUDIES
CODE
DEGREE
TYPE
YEAR
SEMESTER
GRIN
Grau en Relacions Internacionals
Compuls.
First
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WRIN
Grau en Relacions Internacionals
Compuls.
First
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PREREQUISITES

Be placed directly in level I by having demonstrated consolidated level of B2.1 in the Common European Framework on the entrance exam.

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE

This program assumes that beginning students have reached a level which is equal to Cambridge First Certificate and are therefore familiar with advanced English grammar structures and vocabulary. Students will have to take an entrance exam (Oxford Placement Test) and they will need to reach a score corresponding to B2.1 in order for them to be admitted into the program.

SUBJECTS TO BE TAKEN SIMULTANEOUSLY

None

SUBJECT DESCRIPTION

Professors of this course: Catherine Otey and Klaus Zilles

English for International Relations has been designed according to the needs perceived by both language teachers and experts in International Relations. The program follows the principles advanced by the Section of Modern Languages of the Council of Europe. The three levels have been created from a communicative perspective and are taught by means of a balanced mixture of task-based, text-based, and CLIL (content and language integrated learning) approaches. In each course students have to carry out a series of tasks related to different topics within the three main areas of International Relations: international politics, world economy, and communication. In those tasks, students will use English, both receptively and productively, to accomplish the objectives set for each task. As far as materials are concerned, reading and listening exercises have been designed with authentic material and, therefore, the level of difficulty is similar for all levels, although the language expectations are different.

English for International Relations is closely linked to the International Relations Seminar in that they both consist of small groups of students.

This course belongs to Module 1: Linguistic expression, and is part of the block of basic credits that the School has established in accordance with state legislation.  The 3 levels constitute a block which has 12 ECTS credits assigned.

COMPETENCES

These competences are the academic objectives of English for International Relations I and, therefore, establish the evaluation requirements of the course (see Criteria for Evaluation of Results).

 

1.    Knowledge and correct oral English.

1.1    To develop fluency, complexity, clarity, and coherence in oral expression related to International Relations issues.

1.2.   To make students competent speakers of English in professional, academic, and informal situations, and improve their oral production and interaction skills.

1.3    To formulate questions, develop arguments, support with evidence and data, and present issues and problems related to International Relations.

 

2. Basic ability to understand communicative production, both written and audiovisual, related to International Relations.

2.1    To provide students with basic strategies to deal with academic and specialized reading.

2.2    To jointly explore issues, gather and deploy evidence and data (through sources such as statistics, graphs, tables, etc.) to find, retrieve, select, and exchange new information.

2.3    To provide the opportunities for learners to listen to and understand complex issues through video and audio.

3. Ability to write complex texts based on International Relations topics and issues.

3.1    To plan, document, design, and present independently conceived (original) pieces of writing in International Relations.

3.2    To introduce students to the vocabulary, idioms, discourse markers, and structures related to International Relations.


LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 1.    To be able to speak English with a high degree of excellence (C1.2 - C2.1)

 2.    To be able to understand both oral and written English, in communication situations linked to the professional practice of International Relations.

CONTENTS

1. Researching and presenting an NGO

2. Writing Workshop 1

3. Reading text: Migration & Immigration

4. The Language of International Law: Extradition