2023-2024 / LANG6003-1

Advanced English for Biomedical Research: Speaking


30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biomedicine2 crédits 


Yasmine Badir, Ellen Harry

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 has a B2/C1 CEFR level for speaking skills.  It continues the development of spontaneous speaking skills (e.g. debates) and prepared speech (i.e. presentations).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • debate on subjects from their domain of study using the correct vocabulary,
  • summarise research and present it orally,
  • organise and manage a presentation.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Advanced English for Biomedical Research: Writing (taught in the first semester of the third year of the Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course features about 12 seminar classes.

Each class requires preparation which is essential and mandatory. There are no ex-cathedra lectures but rather language seminars in which students will be asked to take part regularly and actively.

The focus is on academic speaking skills, and there will be assignments to present over the semester. These are compulsory tasks. Should students fail to complete their assignments for the deadline, they will not be allowed to sit the first-session exam.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is taught to 25 - 35 students for two hours each week. Teaching will happen in class.

Together, preparation, active participation and assignments during the year account for 35% of the final grade.

Recommended or required readings

Selected chapters from The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, The Life of Viruses, and Polio: An American Story by David Oshinksy will be provided and are obligatory reading.

Students must also have the course notes posted from eCampus or handed out in class and internet access.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Final oral exam in June.
Continuous assessment of progress through participation in the scheduled activities and various assignments (notably oral presentations) accounts for 35% of the final grade.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Yasmine Badir: yasmine.badir@uliege.be 
Ellen Harry: eharry@uliege.be 

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