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Langues - AN229B : Spoken English

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When people ask you if you know a foreign language, the question they invariably ask you is if you speak it. “Do you speak English?” and “Parlez-vous  français” are the common questions.  Arguably, speaking is the most important and most useful skill when learning a foreign language. This module focuses on precisely that. The main aim of the course will be to increase fluency and make the student's level of English more authentic.

Objectifs pédagogiques

The student will be able to :
- understand the principal concrete and abstract ideas in a complex text in English, including technical exchanges in his/ her speciality.
- communicate fluently and in a spontaneous manner thus allowing regular interaction with native speakers without strain for either one or the other. 
- express themselves clearly and precisely on a wide range of subjects, give his/her opinion on a current issue, explain the advantages and disadvantages for different possibilities.

17 heures en présentiel (11 blocs ou créneaux)
réparties en:
  • Petite classe : 17

Diplôme(s) concerné(s)

UE de rattachement

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Diplôme d'Ingénieur de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées

Niveau intermédiaire


Format des notes

Numérique sur 20

Littérale/grade européen

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Master 1 Mathématiques et Applications - site Palaiseau

Le rattrapage est autorisé

    Pour les étudiants du diplôme Diplôme d'Ingénieur de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées

    Vos modalités d'acquisition :

    50% class participation ; 25% presentation : 25% in-class paper, a written diaglogue

    Le rattrapage est autorisé (Max entre les deux notes écrêté à une note seuil)
    • le rattrapage est obligatoire si :
      Note initiale < 6
    • le rattrapage peut être demandé par l'étudiant si :
      6 ≤ note initiale < 10

    Le coefficient de l'UE est : 1.5

    L'UE est évaluée par les étudiants.

    Programme détaillé

    A wide range of activities, ranging from role-play and pair-work to presentations and group discussion allowing students to impove fluency.  The classes will be centred on certain themes, which can be decided at the beginning of the semester. The module will also include exercises to help the student's English more authentic. Spoken English is distinct in many ways from written English – to some extent it has its own grammar and vocabulary, and this is something that will be looked at too. There will also be some work on accent and phonetics. Particular attention will be paid to the rhythm of the English language, and the way words and sentences are accentuated.  For example, did you know that you can give the simple sentence “Do you speak English?” four completely different meanings just by varying the stress pattern?
    Finally, the other skills will not be neglected completely.  Good pronunciation is very much linked to having a “good ear” for the language, so there will be an important listening element to the class; written texts will be used to read from for pronunciation work and as the basis for discussion; and writing is an excellent way of assimilating lessons learned during the class.  The focus, though, will be on improving your oral communication skills.

    Mots clés

    Anglais, Expression orale

    Méthodes pédagogiques

    Audio-visual supports (podcasts), presentations, role-plays, debates and oral interaction, written supports (articles from the press, books...)
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