English C2.1 - 2nd semester


The student should be able to
a) perform at level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (Proficient user);
b) understand spoken discourse with few difficulties;
c) express orally their knowledge, ideas and feelings fluently, spontaneously and precisely with few lapses of grammar or vocabulary, using idiomatic and colloquial expressions naturally;
d) understand a wide range of extensive and demanding contemporary written texts, including academic articles, commentaries and works of fiction;
e) write a wide range of coherent, smoothly-flowing texts, in an appropriate style, using idiomatic language, with few language errors;
f) apply intercultural awareness, understand the culture-language relationship and further their knowledge of global varieties of English;
g) know how to analyze and control the systems of the English language, using them effectively;
h) be responsible for their own autonomous learning strategies and critical thinking skills.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Pass at Inglês C1.3


Carter, R. & McCarthy, M. (2006) Cambridge Grammar of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Gillet, A., Hammond, A. & Martala, M. (2009) Successful Academic Writing. Harlow: Pearson Longman
Side, R. & Wellman, G. (2002) Grammar & Vocabulary for Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency, Harlow:

A collection of selected readings articles, literary, cultural and media texts – and linguistic tasks [Colectânea de leituras seleccionadas artigos, textos literários, culturais e mediá 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 (discursive/informative) – 20%
General coursework mark: active participation (including attendance) and evidence of autonomous learning development 10%
Minimum attendance: two-thirds of classes given

Subject matter

Subject matter
The course revolves around topics of a social, cultural and scientific nature, with flexibility built in to cater to different student needs/interests. Topics may include: influence of the media; higher education (British universities, personal statements, academic paths); literature (reading, books & film); science (ethics, biotechnology, creation myths).
These topics lead into development of the following specific skills:
Writing notetaking skills; literature reviews; reports; discursive/academic texts; creative writing; personal
Speaking: spoken discourse analysis/production
Lexis: metaphor & idiom;
Grammar: Editing/revising, identifying & correcting linguistic error