English B2.2


The student should:
a) attain level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (Independent user)
b) increase intercultural awareness and further develop knowledge of the culture/language relationship
c) be able to write clear, coherent and well structured texts such as texts relating to personal interests,
narrative texts and discursive articles, with few basic grammatical or lexical errors
d) be able to understand the essential message in complex written texts on contemporary and current matters
e) be able to express themselves spontaneously in a range of everyday situations, with few grammatical or
lexical errors, and contribute to discussion
f) be able to understand spoken discourse, both live and recorded with few difficulties
g) know how to analyze and control the grammatical system of English
h) be responsible for their own learning and know how to develop the competences that lead to autonomy.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Sheila Brannigan, Zoe Jayne Taylor, David Swartz, Raquel Campos Ferreira da Silva, Julie Parker Mason


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



English: To study at B2.2 level, students must have passed English B2.1 in term 1


Carter, R. and McCarthy, M. (2006) Cambridge Grammar of English. Cambridge University Press
Cottrell S, (2005), Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument.
Gairns, R. and Redman, S. (2009) Oxford Word Skills Advanced. Oxford University Press
McCarthy, M. and ODell, F. (2006) English Vocabulary in Use Advanced (with CD) Cambridge
University Press.

Vince, M. and French, A. (2011) IELTS Language Practice: English Grammar and Vocabulary.
Cofin. C. Donahue, A. and 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

a minimum of three written texts(60%), active participation in classes (including attendance), speaking skills and evidence of autonomous learning development(20%), one speaking assessment(20%)

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