2023-2024 / LMOD0001-1

Practicing English argumentation


30h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS) (Digital media education)5 crédits 


Marie Herbillon

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

After an introduction to argumentative theory, students will learn the most effective ways to get their message across in English.
Particular attention will be paid to improving writing and presentation skills in an academic context.
Students will learn how to develop their own pre-writing method, how to improve their reasoning skills (when writing essays and giving presentations), how to proofread, revise, and edit drafts to get rid of structural problems and correct common errors in writing. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

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

identify the main types of argumentation, arguments, argumentative movements and  markers;
structure texts and presentations in academic and professional contexts;
operationalise new vocabulary, linking words, etc.;
develop their pre-writing methods and know how to edit drafts efficiently;
master techniques for effective quoting and referencing;
summarise and hierarchise information in a text;
present their own work in a logical, audience-friendly manner.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Very good command of English.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Interactive seminars.

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

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Powerpoint presentations will be sent by email after class.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Additional information:

Written exam (Part 1: theoretical questions; Part 2: 500-to-750-word essay on a topic selected from a limited list);
Oral exam (5-10 mn presentation based on a 750-to-1000-word essay, handed in beforehand on a freely selected topic; no learning by heart).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

This course is taught in English (Thursday 1-3pm, Q2).


Marie Herbillon, Associate Professor


Département de Langues modernes: linguistique, littérature et traduction

Rue de Pitteurs 20 (L3 building, ground floor)



Raymond Echitchi, lecturer



Département de Langues modernes: linguistique, littérature et traduction

Place Cockerill 7 (A2 building, 6th floor)

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