English C1.3 - 1st semester


AThe student should:
a) be able to perform in all the skills at minimum level C1 of the CEFR
b) acquire improved intercultural awareness and further develop their knowledge of the culture/language relationship
c) be able to write clear, coherent, well-structured texts in an appropriate style with a high degree of grammatical accuracy, showing a good command of a broad range of lexis
d) be able to understand and critically analyse extended, complex, contemporary written texts such as opinion articles on social and cultural matters, and specialised articles
e) be able to express him/herself fluently and spontaneously, with a reasonable degree of accuracy, and contribute without major difficulty to any discussion with few restrictions
f) be able to understand extended natural spoken discourse, even on more complex topics, with few difficulties
g) be able to analyze and control the grammatical system of English
h) know how to develop competences that lead to autonomy.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Bernard Adrian L´Estrange, David Swartz, Julie Parker Mason, Rima Prakash


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Pass in Inglês C1.2


Martin Hewings, (2015), Advanced Grammar, Cambridge

A collection of selected readings in the portfolio- articles, literary, cultural and media texts – and linguistic tasks [Colectânea de leituras seleccionadas na sebenta– artigos, textos literários, culturais e mediáticos – e actividades linguísticas (a disponibilizar pelo docente)

Teaching method

Communicative and dialogic method with a task-based, intercultural approach, all of which seek to stimulate interaction and promote increasingly autonomous learning, revolving around a series of topics. 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. Skills-based tasks require both linguistic and extra-linguistic competences. Inductive approach for extending grammatical and lexical knowledge. Frequent use of the internet and audio-visual means.

Evaluation method

Assessment is continuous and formative consisting of:
3 Written texts of different types - 70%
1 Spoken task - 20%
General coursework: active participation (including attendance), spoken interaction and evidence of autonomous learning development. - 10%

Subject matter

The course revolves around topics of a social, cultural and topical nature, but with flexibility built in to cater to different student needs and interests. The course is based around a portfolio of learning resources, premitting an analysis of a a wide variety of cultural, literary and journalistic texts.
The topics/materials lead into analysis and development of the following specific skills:
Writing - discursive/expository texts; narrative/descriptive texts;
Speaking - conversational strategies; discussion skills
Intercultural competence - identification, decoding & discussion of cultural references
Lexis - idiomatic expressions; colloquialisms; noun formation; collocation