Unidade Curricular | Course Unit

Inglês B2.2


Código da Unidade Curricular | Course ID



Créditos ECTS | ECTS Credits



Ciclo de Estudos | Level



Semestre | Semester



Docente(s) | Instructor(s)



Língua de ensino | Language of instruction



Programa (na língua de ensino) | Course description (in language of instruction)

In accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for English level B2, this B2.2 course completes the B2 level (begun in the B2.1 course), consolidating students’ competence in: understanding the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization; interacting with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party; producing clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explaining a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Through an exploration of the songs of Bob Dylan and their themes, the course covers:

  • Analyzing a selection of Dylan’s songs and understanding them in their historical and cultural context
  • Exploring the genre of protest songs from slave times to the present day
  • Reading and analyzing a selection of short stories related to Dylan’s themes
  • Speaking about, discussing and presenting topics relevant to the overall theme
  • Writing reviews, summaries, essays and creative pieces
  • Academic English, with particular reference to its features and characteristics, understanding academic texts, and paraphrasing and citing sources correctly to avoid plagiarism
  • Grammar with particular reference to preparing for the Language in Use section of the Cambridge B2 First exam.


Avaliação (na língua de ensino) | Grading and Assessment (in language of instruction)

In accordance with the regulations of the Faculty, evaluation takes place continuously throughout the semester. The course has 4 points of formal evaluation, each with equal weighting:

·         An essay written in class (25%)

·         An essay written at home (25%)

·         A grammar test written in class (25%)

·         An individual oral presentation recorded on video and defended live in class (25%)


Bibliografia (selection) | Readings (selection)

·         B2.2 Coursebook (a collection of essays, articles and stories on the theme of Bob Dylan’s songs, compiled by Gaile Parkin)

·         Murphy, Raymond. English Grammar in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

·         Tayfoor, Susanne. Common Mistakes at First Certificate and How to Avoid Them. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

·         A selection of song lyrics and literary texts will be supplied during the course.

·         Students are expected to have access to a good English dictionary (physical or electronic).


Requisitos | Prerequisites

Students registering for the course must have passed a FLUL English B2.1 course, or have been placed in the B2.2 level by the Placement Test.