Curricular Unit:Code:
English I1080ING1
1UndergraduateNutrition Sciences3 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English39
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Communication, understanding and production of simple messages in English;
- Ability to use English in a range of life-like situations;
- Communication in simple English both orally and in writing;
- Identifying and understanding simple messages produced in English;
- Development of initial competences and skills to communicate in English in professional contexts related to the course.
1. Socio-professional Situations
1.1. Socialising
1.2. Travelling
1.3. Importance of English in the health area

2. Health
2.1. Hospital Environment
2.2. Human Body
2.3. Health complaints
2.4. Doctor-patient dialogues

3. Project work
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The syllabus themes aim to provide students with generic skills enabling them to communicate, understand and produce messages in the English language, both in social and professional contexts, 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 health area.
The ‘Project Work’ component aims to improve team work skills, using 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.
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Glendinning, E.H. & Howard, R. (2007). Professional English in Use: Medicine. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Glendinning, E.H. & Holmström, B. (2005). English in Medicine – 3rd Edition. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
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Lecturer (* Responsible):
Paula Reis (