Curricular Unit:Code:
English I780ING1
1UndergraduateCriminology3 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English39
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Development of the students’ linguistic and communicative competence in order to ensure effective communication in a variety of social and professional situations. Consolidation of previously learnt grammatical structures and patterns of English.
Identification, analysis, discussion and production of a variety of texts, by improving their listening, understanding, analyzing, and problem solving skills.
Development of the students’ critical and cognitive skills, by means of an autonomous learning and management process.
1. Social-professional situations
1.1. Socialising
1.1.1. Introductions and greetings
1.1.2 Reservations
1.1.3 Travelling
2. Crime and punishment
3. Project work
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The thematic items of the syllabus aim to provide the students with generic competences, so as to be able to communicate, understand and produce messages in English language, both in social and professional contexts, where they should be able to use the language in life-like situations. For this purpose, in this curricular unit the students are encouraged to adopt an introspective and reflexive attitude, bearing in mind the social and professional reality of the criminology area.
It is the purpose of this curricular unit that students improve their communicational competences in English, so as to make them able to use this language when establishing different interpersonal contacts, in different social and professional contexts, enabling their professional performance in international environments. The ‘Project Work’ component aims to improve team work skills, with the use of a second language (namely English).
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The classes consist of lectures, with an emphasis on the instrumental competences: dialogue, listen, read, understand and produce messages in the English language.
Continuous assessment OR exam: Continuous assessment consists of one written test and an oral presentation, at the end of the semester. The final mark is the result of various written and oral contributions. Students’ participation in class and in the activities proposed will also be taken into account. The exam consists of 2 parts: written and oral. The oral is compulsory whenever the student has 7.5 or more in the written part.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
In order to maximize the specific competences of students, the methodology adopted (with an emphasis on the continuous assessment of knowledge) encourages the improvement of instrumental skills, namely the ability to communicate orally and in writing, to identify and understand messages, using the English language in a variety of social and professional situations, also considering it as a privileged means of access to knowledge in general. The adopted learner-centred methodologies, with an emphasis on practical issues, aim to encourage students to participate in simulated communicational and cultural contexts, thus providing them with the experience of gathering, identifying and interpreting information relevant to these contexts. Moreover, the methodology promotes autonomy at work in different cultural contexts. The acquisition of intercultural competencies allows students to communicate better in English, assuming that learning a language without these competencies will be less efficient.
Cobuild English Grammar (2017)
Redman, S. (2017). English Vocabulary in Use Pre-intermediate and Intermediate Book with Answers: Vocabulary Reference and Practice. Cambridge: C.U.P.
Eastwood, J. (2011). Oxford Practice Grammar – Intermediate. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Bruno-Linder, A. (2011) International Legal English. C.U.P.
Van Eede, K. (2010) The Language of Crime. Acco
Harrison, J. et all (2005). Study Skills for Criminology. London: SAGE Publications.
Maguire, M. et all (2007). The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Paula Reis (