2023-2024 / LANG0085-1

Basic English for Computing


4h Th, 36h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science4 crédits 


Daphné Bui, Sabrina D'Arconso

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course includes the following:

  • Reading of texts on computer science
  • Listening to recordings dealing with ICT-related topics
  • Introduction to the vocabulary of computing
  • Grammatical revision and consolidation exercises.
Level B1-B2 (reading, listening, speaking and writing).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The dual purpose of the course is (a) to consolidate and extend the student's general language understanding and use, and (b) to introduce the specific features of English for computing.
This is done in the four language skills, namely reading, speaking, writing and listening.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Good knowledge of basic English vocabulary and grammar (intermediate level).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The in-class course is taught to about 30 students weekly in the second semester.

Students will be asked to give a short oral presentation on an IT-related topic.
They will also have to complete a writing assignment that will be marked and take some listening comprehension tests. Students will be required to do online grammar exercises on GABi (interactive grammar modules) available on eCampus (self-learning).  The oral presentation and the other tasks will account for 20% of the final mark in May/June AND August/September. 

Recommended or required readings

-Coursebook Basic English for Computing (2023-2024) compulsory.

-If necessary, students can also purchase the Grammaire anglaise de base (with exercises and key) ISLV, written in French. It is available on the Sart Tilman campus (at the Point de Vue).

-A remedial grammar coursebook (with exercises and key) is also available on eCampus.

-GABi (eCampus)

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

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

Continuous assessment

Additional information:


  • Written exam: reading and listening comprehension exercises, grammar and vocabulary, writing exercise (+ classwork).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Considering the significant differences between students, the limited in-class teaching time and the number of students per group, self-learning and remedial work should be given due attention.


Daphné BUI - daphne.bui@uliege.be (ISLV)

Sabrina D'ARCONSO - sdarconso@uliege.be (ISLV)

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Coursebook 2023-2024
texts and exercises