2023-2024 / LANG0041-2

English (Level A)


45h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : general5 crédits 


Jérôme Gaillard, Martin Polson, Nathalie Schraepen



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

Oral and written activities based on texts and audio and/or video recordings dealing with psychology. Students will be required to participate actively in class, which implies that they must have prepared some assignments before coming to class.
The main language skills will be practised through discussing psychology-related topics. Here is the detail of the CEFRL levels of the course : listening (B1/B2), reading (B1/B2), speaking (B1/B2), lecturing (B1/B2), writing (B1/B2). However, only reading comprehension skills (as well as as vocabulary and grammar, which are necessary for reading comprehension) will be evaluated in the final exam.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

As this is a B1/B2-level course, at the end of the year, we would expect our students to be able to:

  • understand the main points of a speech or conversation or of radio or television programmes on current events, or topics of personal or professional interest, as long as the language is clear and standard.
  • understand articles about contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular viewpoints as well as the description of events, feelings and wishes.
  • communicate with a degree of fluency on topics that are familiar or of personal or professional interest and present and defend their point of view.
  • write simple and clear connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal or professional interest, describe experiences and events, explain the advantages and disadvantages of various options and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

This course is not a beginners' course. It is an intermediate-level English course that corresponds to Council of Europe level B1/B2. Therefore the level required for this course is a good basic knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary (equivalent to the A2-B1 level of the CEFR).
This course can be complemented by an evening class or an @lter course. For more information go to www.islv.uliege.be.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This class uses a dynamic, interactive and efficient approach to learning English for psychology and is based on psychology-related texts (ISLV Level-A coursebook) and an English grammar book (Murphy, CUP). In class a variety of activities enable the presentation, assimilation and practice of the language material from the books, such as powerpoint presentations, role-plays based on case studies, debates and listening comprehension exercises.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Weekly one and a half hour class in groups of about 30 students. This may need to be adapted due to certain COVID-19 restrictions.
Thorough preparation of the given assignments is key to students' progress. Here is an overview of the different tasks students will need to perform:
1° Focus on some grammar points that were introduced in the first-year refresher course and introduction of new elements. Interactive online grammar tests will be available on ecampus every week to assess students' assimilation of the grammar rules.
2° Communicative teaching/learning entails interacting a lot. This means that students are expected to participate actively in in-class discussions. And this is only possible if students prepare classes by doing some homework.

Recommended or required readings

  • Level-A English Course in BLOC 1 (advanced level) and BLOC 2 FPLSE (ISLV), available online on ecampus and at Intercopy (Sart Tilman) from September 22nd, 2023
  • Level-A Readings File (ISLV) (readings file for the level-A written exam in BLOC 1 and BLOC 2 FAPSE), available on ecampus and at Intercopy from September 22nd, 2023
  • MURPHY, R. English Grammar in Use (intermediate), 4th or 5th edition with answers, Cambridge University Press

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

Attendance and active participation are extremely important.
The speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension and vocabulary exercises, as well as the regular online practice grammar tests on ecampus followed by feedback in class, and the other online exercises will prepare the students for the grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension exercises included in the written exam.
2° Written exam (20 marks)

  • January exam* (9 marks) = exercises on the vocabulary and grammar studied in the first term, as well as reading comprehension exercises based on an unseen text. 
  • June/August exam (11 marks) = reading comprehension exercises based on the texts from the readings file +  exercises on the grammar & vocabulary studied in the second term.
*N.B. Both the January exam and the May/June exam are compulsory for all students. If students get less than 50% in January, they will have an extra section on the vocabulary and grammar studied in the first term in their May/June exam. During the second session in August, the students who did not obtain at least 10/20 for their final mark will have to retake the part(s) (Q1 or Q2) for which they got less than 10/20 and they will be exempted from the part they passed. Please note that exemptions are not valid from one year to the next.
The pass mark is 10/20.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

All 1st "BLOC" students who registered for the first time at the FPLSE in September 2023 (except see N.B. below) will have to take a placement test which will be organised from 4.30 pm to 10 pm on October 2nd 2023 online on ecampus (myuliege). The students who want to will be able to take this test on their computer in amphi Dick Annegarn (B8 in Sart Tilman) from 4.30 to 6.30 pm.

This test will include vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension exercises.

The students who obtain the highest marks will be allowed to take the level-A class in 1st "BLOC". The other students will take the remedial class LANG0040-1.

N.B.: Students who have never studied English or have an official certificate attesting that they have reached the European level B1 or B2 in English (e.g. TOEFL or FCE) have to send an email with their last name, first name, student ID,  a copy of their certificate including their name, their result & the date (if they took an official language test - see above) to n.schraepen@uliege.be for the end of September at the latest.


BAC1 Level A:
- Ms N. Schraepen, English Teacher at the ISLV (Institut Supérieur des langues Vivantes), Uliège and Coordinator for English Courses at the Faculty of Psychology and Education, N.Schraepen@uliege.be
- Mr J. Gaillard, English teacher at the ISLV (Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes), Uliège, jgaillard@uliege.be
- Mr M. Polson, English teacher at the ISLV (Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes), Uliège, mpolson@uliege.be

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