2023-2024 / LANG4018-1

Basic English for the human and social sciences


60h Th

Number of credits

 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 


Sébastien Schoenmaeckers

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 Master's students taking additional credits of the bachelor's programme at the FaSS who did not show sufficient mastery of English on the LANG0001 (Anglais Niveau 1) pretest organized on 13/9.

Throughout the academic year, we will deal with the four basic language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking with a specific emphasis on the fundamentals of the language required for effective understanding of basic communication in English while introducing elements of specialized language.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the term, students will have:

  • enhanced their mastery of the fundamental structures of the English language and basic vocabulary;
  • bettered their grasp of the terminology specific to their field of study;
  • an increased awareness of the sounds of English both through listening and speaking;
  • greater ease decoding written information in English and knowing how to produce their own statements in writing.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The class is taught in English with complementary information in French when and as required.

As developed above, this class aims at strengthening students' mastery of the fundamentals of English and prepare them for later contact with specialized structures and terminology. However, students who feel the need to further develop some skills are invited to consider the options proposed by the ISLV. Further information is available at https://www.islv.uliege.be/cms/c_10332480/fr/institut-superieur-des-langues-vivantes. Signing-up should be done online by September 24th

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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

To be ready for this class, students should expect to have to work another 2 hours at home weekly (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 two hours a week over the two semesters.


Recommended or required readings

Course notes, external links and calendar will be posted on the eCampus page of this class. These documents are important for those who wish to take the course.  

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 )

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Regular work is vital for success and required on a weekly basis. Students will have some assignments to do both in class and at home. Further information regarding deadlines and instructions will be given in class and posted on eCampus.

There are two main parts to this course's evaluation: a January midterm exam (20%) and a May/June exam (65%), both of which are meant to evaluate students' mastery of the material developed in the previous semester or semesters, respectively.

Both exams are to be taken for the final mark to be complete. For example, a student who passes the June exam without having presented the January midterm will receive 0/20 as their final grade.

Some elements of classwork (both short written and oral production, online and in-class grammar tests) will also be marked and account for 15% of the total mark.

Students with a final mark below 10/20 will have to retake in the second session the exam - midterm, full-term or both - that they failed. The marked classwork will then be considered as it was in June and account for 25% of the second session mark.

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. If you were not able to take the test, be sure to contact the teacher before coming to class.



Sébastien Schoenmaeckers (Sebastien.Schoenmaeckers@uliege.be)


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