2017-2018 / LANG0085-1

Basic English for Computing


4h Th, 36h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in computer science4 crédits 


Daphné Bui, Sabrina D'Arconso, Christine Filot, ISLV

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

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)

The in-class course is taught to 25 to 30 students for three weekly hours in the first semester.
Students will be asked to give a short oral presentation on an IT-related topic. They will also have to complete a few writing assignments 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).  Active class participation, the oral presentation and the other tasks will account for 20% of the final mark.
A compulsory mid-term test similar to the final exam will be held in October/November. This test will account for 10% of the final mark.

Recommended or required readings

-Coursebook Basic English for Computing (2017-2018) 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)

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Written exam in January: reading and listening comprehension exercises, basic vocabulary of computing, grammar and language questions, writing (+ classwork / mid-term test).

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

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.
Students can also train on line. To do so, simply log on to http://www.islv.ulg.ac.be > Les Langues > Anglais > Interface Etudiants in order to have access to the exercises.


Christine BOUVY - cbouvy@ulg.ac.be (ISLV)
Daphné BUI - daphne.bui@ulg.ac.be(aphne.bui@ulg.ac.be (ISLV) )
Sabrina D'ARCONSO - sdarconso@ulg.ac.be (ISLV)

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