English C2.2 - 1st semester


This course sets out to follow a student-centred approach to develop the learners´ language and communicative skills in relation to the specific linguistic awareness and communicative competencies at C2 level as detailed in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read;
Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation;
Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations;
Can apply communicative strategies and critical thinking skills to the composition and editing of a range of texts;
Can be responsible for their own learning, knowing how to develop the competencies that lead to autonomy.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Sheila Brannigan


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language


Pass in the course English C2.1


Carter, R. & McCarthy, M. (2006) Cambridge Grammar of English. Cambridge University Press
Gillet, A., Hammond, A. & Martala, M. (2009) Successful Academic Writing. Pearson Longman
Cottrell S, (2005), Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Palgrave,
Gairns, R. & Redman, S. (2009) Oxford Word Skills Advanced. Oxford University Press McCarthy, M. & O’Dell, F. (2006) English Vocabulary in Use Advanced (with CD) Cambridge University Press.
Vince, M. & French, A. (2011) IELTS Language Practice: English Grammar and Vocabulary. Macmillan
Cofin. C. Donahue, A. & North, S. (2009) Exploring English Grammar. Routledge
A collection of selected readings available on campus to students.

Teaching method

The course employs a student-centred approach and task-based methodology, with the aid of authentic texts and digital resources. Discussion is a key element often preceded by reading or listening input and/or analysis and followed up by written work/further research by students.

Evaluation method

Continuous evaluation of student progress includes:
a minimum of three written texts 60%;
two speaking assessments 30%;
active participation in classes (including attendance), speaking skills and evidence of autonomous learning development 10%.

Subject matter

The course revolves around current topics of a social and cultural nature. The themes for research and discussion are selected flexibly according to students´ aims and interests. This includes the analysis of authentic texts, written and spoken, together with practice of communicative competencies. The syllabus is composed of activity designed to encourage the development of mastery in the English language, linguistic awareness and autonomous learning strategies.