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Id.: 32536
Subject type: OBLIGATORIA
Year: 2 Teaching period: Anual
Credits: 9 Total hours: 225
Classroom activities: 105 Individual study: 120
Main teaching language: Inglés Secondary teaching language: Castellano
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English II builds upon the contents and competences acquired during English I, in the first year of the degree programme. The course will focus on two areas: the development of English skills and teaching through English. The development of English skills will focus on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary along with listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through studying a wide range of contents which will help the student develop his/ her English skills in order to communicate more effectively. Students will develop their skills as teachers through sessions on different areas of teaching methodology and they will learn to apply what they have learnt through microteaching. Throughout the course students will continually be playing the role of learner and teacher with the aim of improving their English skills, learning about teaching through English and applying these skills in their teaching practice.


General programme competences G01 Capacity to analyse and synthesise information from different sources.
G03 Capacity to organise, plan and self-assess the work undertaken.
G07 Capacity to communicate in English at a minimum B2 level (per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) to adapt to the academic and professional requirements of the Degree.
G10 Capacity to generate new ideas through initiative, innovation and creativity for effective adaptation to educational needs and the job market.
G12 Capacity to self-assess, nurturing learning, scientific research, practice based on evidence and scientific and social progress.
Specific programme competences E13 Foster group work and individual work and effort.
E44 Understand the basic principles of the science of language and communication
E45 Acquire literary training and be aware of children's literature.
E46 Know the school curriculum for languages and literature.
E47 Speak, read and write correctly and adequately in the official languages of the corresponding Autonomous Region.
E48 Know the learning process and methodology for written language.
E49 Encourage reading and stimulate writing.
E50 Be aware of the difficulties in learning the official languages for pupils from other countries.
E51 Address language learning situations in multilingual situations.
E52 Communicate in a foreign language in the spoken and written form.
E53 Develop and assess curriculum content through suitable didactic resources and further the corresponding competences among the pupils.
Regulated profession competences P03 Effectively address language learning situations in multicultural and multilingual situations.
P07 Stimulate and value the effort, persistence and personal discipline of the pupils.
P10 Accept that teaching is a matter of getting better and adapting to scientific, pedagogical and social changes over the course of the career.
P12 Take on the educational side of teaching and foment democratic education for an active citizenry.
P16 Acquire the habits and skills to learn alone or with others and foster this among the pupils.
Learning outcomes R01 Use discourse, adapting it to the communication situation and the role of each speaker with regard to the others, the situation and the communicative needs.
R02 Recognise the importance of English as a highly useful cross-border communication tool to gain access to other cultures.
R03 Frame oral and written messages in English with a certain fluency and correctness to achieve effective communication.
R04 Suitably apply English grammar and vocabulary in all communicative scenarios - academic, work and leisure.
R05 Independently, fully understand averagely difficult texts related to the student's future professional field.
R06 Summarise their ideas in English, employing informed and critical reasoning.
R07 Draw up a project on features of the topics that are significant and relevant, using audiovisual resources and language.


The essential prerequisite for this course is to have passed the subject English I and to have at least a B1 level of English to be able to cope with the level of this subject which is taught at a B2 level of English. Students must attend general English courses within or outside of the University if the level of the course is too difficult for them.
Returning students (students who are repeating the course) must contact the lecturer by 16 September in order to arrange a tutorial and devise a study plan to help them deal with the
demands of the subject. Class attendance for returning students is compulsory (unless students can justify non-attendance) and students must submit the same continuous assessment assignments (individual work, group work, Written tests, ePortfolio) as new students. Any returning student must commit to attending at least 4 tutorials during the course (2 in the first semester and 2 in the second semester). It is the responsibility and obligation of the student to contact the lecturer and arrange times for tutorials. Students who do not attend tutorials or submit assessment tasks will not be able to sit the Final Exam.


Subject contents:

1 - Outstanding people
    1.1 - Discussing people you admire
    1.2 - Reviewing tenses and questions
    1.3 - Developing academic skills
2 - Survival
    2.1 - Discussing dangerous situations
    2.2 - Reviewing narrative tenses, future time clauses and conditionals
    2.3 - Developing academic skills
3 - Talent
    3.1 - Discussing sports activities and issues
    3.2 - Multiword verbs, present perfect simple and continuous.
    3.3 - Developing academic skills
4 - Life lessons
    4.1 - Discussing events that changed your life
    4.2 - Used to and would, obligation and permission.
    4.3 - Developing academic skills
5 - Chance
    5.1 - Discussing possible future events
    5.2 - Future probability, future perfect and future continuous
    5.3 - Developing academic skills
6 - Storytelling Workshop
    6.1 - Learning how to tell a story to young learners
    6.2 - Practice telling stories
7 - City living
    7.1 - Discuss living in cities
    7.2 - Too/ enough; so/ such, causative have/ get.
    7.3 - Developing academic skills
8 - Dilemmas
    8.1 - Discussing personal finance; discuss moral dilemmas and crime
    8.2 - First and second conditionals, third conditional; should have + participle
9 - Discoveries
    9.1 - Discussing new inventions, people's lives and achievements
    9.2 - Relative clauses, reported speech, reporting verbs
    9.3 - Developing academic skills
10 - Pronunciation Workshop
    10.1 - Dealing with pronunciation problems: vowels, consonants and silent letters
    10.2 - Word stress, sentence stress and intonation
11 - Possibilities
    11.1 - Speculate about the past; discuss life achievements
    11.2 - Past modals of deduction, wishes and regrets

Subject planning could be modified due unforeseen circumstances (group performance, availability of resources, changes to academic calendar etc.) and should not, therefore, be considered to be definitive.


Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:

Learning and teaching methodologies are based on a socio-constructivist approach in which learners construct and co-construct their understanding of the knowledge and concepts acquired. Classes will normally be based on a communicative approach with students interacting through a wide range of class activities, which will include problem-solving, debates, micro-teaching and role-playing some of the situations that may arise in the classroom. This approach enables maximum student participation and talking time in class. It also encourages cooperative learning and meaningful interaction between students and the development of the professional competences of this degree programme. The Learning Space will be used throughout the course to focus on those areas which are not covered in the syllabus but are considered to be relevant for improving English skills and teaching practice.
Students will notified at the start of the course regarding when we will be using the Learning Space and the activities we will focus on.
Students are encouraged to avail of tutorial sessions as during these sessions, students can ask questions, clarify concepts, ask for additional bibliography, etc. Some tutorial time will be devoted to assistance with group work. Your lecturer will inform you about tutorial times.
Independent Study
Students are expected to complete all independent study tasks mentioned in this syllabus. These tasks are focused on the development of reading, writing and listening skills along with vocabulary extension. As regards Evaluated Tasks all students are required to upload their completed tasks on the PDU on the submission date. No late submissions will be excepted unless there is a justified reason which must be communicated to the lecturer. All tasks must be completed as they will be evaluated directly or indirectly (through participation, individual work or group work). It is therefore very important to check the PDU every week.

Student work load:

Teaching mode Teaching methods Estimated hours
Classroom activities
Master classes 12
Other theory activities 64
Practical exercises 4
Practical work, exercises, problem-solving etc. 9
Debates 2
Coursework presentations 6
Films, videos, documentaries etc. 2
Assessment activities 6
Individual study
Tutorials 6
Individual study 18
Individual coursework preparation 17
Group cousework preparation 34
Compulsory reading 4
Recommended reading 2
Portfolio 27
Other individual study activities 12
Total hours: 225


Calculation of final mark:

Written tests: 20 %
Individual coursework: 20 %
Group coursework: 20 %
Final exam: 20 %
Portfolio: 20 %
TOTAL 100 %

*Las observaciones específicas sobre el sistema de evaluación serán comunicadas por escrito a los alumnos al inicio de la materia.


Basic bibliography:

Students must buy this text book at the start of the course as you will be using it throughout the course: DOFF, Adrian et al. Cambridge English Empower for Spanish Speakers B2 Learning Pack (Student's Book with Online Assessment and Practice and Workbook). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
SCRIVENER, Jim. Learning Teaching. The Essential Guide to English Language Teaching, 3rd ed. London: Macmillan, 2011.
AZAR, Betty S. and HAGEN, Stacy A. Understanding and Using English Grammar. Hoboken, NJ: 2017

Recommended bibliography:

HARMER, Jeremy. The Practice of English Language Teaching, 3rd ed. Essex: Longman ELT, 2001.
CAMERON, Lynne, Penny McKey. Bringing Creative Teaching into the Young Learners' Classroom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
WRIGHT, Andrew. Storytelling with Children (Resource book for teachers). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
REDMAN, Stuart. English Vocabulary in Use:Intermediate. Cambridge:CUP, 2003.
HANCOCK, Mark. English Pronunciation in Use Intermediate with Answers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007

Recommended websites:

British Council Learning English
British Council Teaching English
For learning and teaching English
Listening exercises
Spanish-English Dictionary

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