2023-2024 / LANG0001-2

English level 1


60h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in human and social sciences6 crédits 
 Bachelor in human and social sciences (New programme)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)6 crédits 


Pierre Geron, Kevin Heyeres, Céline Leroy, Giulia Mascoli, Estelle Oger, Mercyline Rayola Orodo


Kevin Heyeres

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This English course is meant for students in their first year of the Bachelor's degree in human and social sciences or in sociology and anthropology as well as for Master's students required to take additional credits of the bachelor's programme at the FaSS.
The course's CEFRL levels are as follows:

  • listening: B1-B2
  • reading: B2
  • speaking: B1 interacting and B2 presenting content
  • writing: B1-B2.
Throughout the academic year, we will deal with the four basic language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. We will also focus on exercises about important study skills like note taking, skimming, reading critically or test taking. The topics seen in class are all in the field of sociology.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the term, students will have:

  • developed their ability to read and understand texts dealing with common sociological concepts relating for instance to family structures or gender.
  • increased their comprehension of spoken English when it is used to speak about sociological topics in seminars and lectures, presentations, interviews, discussions, etc.
  • strengthened their speaking skills and be able to engage more effectively in a range of formal and informal speaking situations such as presentations, class discussions and debates, or common communication involving asking and answering questions.
  • the capacity of writing clearly articulated texts about the different topics dealt with in class.
  • been provided with the necessary vocabulary and grammar tools.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The class is taught in English from the start and is not meant for beginners.

We highly recommend that beginners and students requiring a deep revision of the basics of the English language take part in one of the many additional ISLV's English courses. Further information is available at https://www.islv.uliege.be/cms/c_10332480/fr/institut-superieur-des-langues-vivantes. One has to sign up online by September 24th.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students will have to actively take part in the weekly three-hour class.

To be ready for this class, students should expect to have to work another three hours at home weekly (self-study of grammar, preparation of the grammar and vocabulary exercises, writing exercises and listening practice, reading and information searches).

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The class is taught three hours a week over the two semesters.

Recommended or required readings

Course notes will be posted on the eCampus and myULiège platforms under the course code. These documents are important for those who wish to take the course. The reading file for the oral exam will be available in the second semester. Practicalities will be discussed during the first class.
The grammar book "Grammaire anglaise de base" may prove helpful. The grammar book is available at Point de vue (on the Sart-Tilman campus).
Students will also need a good bilingual dictionary (English/French, French/English) such as The New Collins Robert French Dictionary or Oxford/Hachette. A monolingual dictionary such as Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/), Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (http://www.ldoceonline.com/), Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners or Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary is a plus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Regular work is vital for success and required on a weekly basis. Students will have some assignments to do (writing assignment.s - oral presentation - grammar logbooks). Further information regarding deadlines and instructions will be given in class.

Evaluation will be in 2 main parts: A partial exam in January, and a final exam in May/June. Both exams will test the linguistic competences worked on in class throughout the academic year, in each semester. The logbooks must be handed in on the days of the written examinations in January 2024 (logbook I) and June 2024 (logbook II).

The final exam consists of two compulsory parts: an oral exam, a written exam, including a listening test.

The oral exam will be about the different chapters of the coursebook as well as about a series of texts the students will have selected from the readings file and individually prepared at home.

Students may be exempted from taking the oral examination in the second session as long as they obtained a mark of 12/20 or higher in the first session oral examination. A student registered in the second session and who obtained at least 12/20 in the oral examination in June may still decide to retake this test. In this case, the mark taken into account for the calculation of the final score will be the last mark obtained, even if it is lower than the first session mark.

If a student fails the January exam, i.e. if their score is less than 10/20 (marks are not rounded), they will need to retake it in June and/or during the second session. Should they fail to retake it, they will get a zero for that part.  ALL the exams in the May/June session must be taken and successfully passed in the same academic year.  For example, a student who takes the written part but who does not do the oral exam will receive a global mark of 0/20 on the principle that all the different evaluations are unified.

The points that make up the final mark will be distributed as follows:

  • Classwork: 3 points (attendance and active participation, oral assignment and grammar logbooks) - This mark  will also be taken into account in the calculation of the final result for the second session)
  • January exam: 4 points
  • Final exam: 13 points, 7 points for the written part, 6 points for the oral

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

We will test the students' level in rooms Domat and Laurent (B31) on September 13th at 9.00.



Kevin Heyeres (K.Heyeres@uliege.be) (coordinator)

Pierre Geron (Pierre.Geron@uliege.be)

Céline Leroy (C.Leroy@uliege.be)

Giulia Mascoli (Giulia.Mascoli@uliege.be)

Estelle Oger (Estelle.Oger@uliege.be)

Mercyline Rayola Orodo (MR.Orodo@uliege.be)

Audrey Renson (Audrey.Renson@uliege.be)

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