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English II

3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 1021009AER for all students in the 2nd semester at a (A) Bachelor - preliminary level.

Information about this course is applicable on academic year 2017-2018.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method

Grading (scale from 0 to 20)

Can retake in second session
Enrollment requirements
Studenten die dit opleidingsonderdeel opnemen, moeten ingeschreven of geslaagd zijn voor 'English I'. Indien dit niet het geval is, neem dan contact op met jouw docent. Studenten die ingeschreven zijn in een verkort programma kunnen dit opleidingsonderdeel zo opnemen.
Taught in
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Responsible organisation
Linguistics and Literary Studies
Educational Team:
Activities and contact hours
  • 26 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
  • 39 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course content

The language learning trajectory embarked upon in English I is developed further in this module, but in English II emphasis is particularly given to the development of students’ speaking skills and the expansion of their active lexicon. Speaking skills comprise fluency, accuracy, range of expression, a (near)standard pronunciation, as well as communicative competence. The consistent application of grammatical accuracy in terms of form, meaning, and usage is vital in this respect as well, and hence classroom time will also be devoted to (remedial) grammar instruction. This module as a whole takes a task-based learning approach: functional, fluent and accurate language use is practiced and enhanced though the creation and development of student podcasts, which the students are to work on in groups both during and outside class hours. The podcast project allows for listening activities, discussions, presentations and roleplaying, and it raises awareness about the appropriate register for formal and informal contexts. The handbook English Vocabulary in Use – Advanced is used as a resource to further expand the students’ lexicon. 


Course material
  • Digital course material (Required): Sarah D'Hertefelt
  • Handbook (Required): English Vocabulary in Use - Advanced, with answers, Michael McCarthy & Felicity O'Dell, Cambridge University Press, 978-1-107-63776-4
Additional info

Course materials may be supplemented with print handouts. 

Office hours: by appointment or email

In order to take this class, compulsory additional costs may be charged next to the invoice sent to you as a student by the Student Administration Centre: for additional course materials a minimum contribution of  €3 and a maximum contribution of € 10 will be required. The costs are borne by the student and can neither be passed on to fellow students nor recovered from the lecturer or faculty. The amounts stated are approximately correct. If you experience payment difficulties as a result of these additional costs, you can contact Student Social Services via  or + 32 2 629 23 15. More information can also be found on

Programme Objectives


The student reaches level B2+ on the European Framework of Reference for Languages in terms of speaking skills. This entails that the student

Ÿ- can have a fluent and accurate conversation about a range of everyday and socio-cultural topics Ÿ- can provide a description and expound on a topic Ÿ - can accurately recount a story that occurred in the past Ÿ - can motivate choices and decisions Ÿ - can actively engage in a discussion if it does not concern too specialized a topic Ÿ - can follow TV and radio news broadcasts as well as current affairs and informative programmes Ÿ-  has a pronunciation that approximates a standard (nativelike) pronunciation and can avoid misunderstandings as a result of non-standard pronunciation

The student can complete language-related assignments both on his/her own and as part of a team, and he/she can critically reflect on these assignments.  



upper-intermediate level

B2 of CREF.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:

  • Oral Exam determines 50% of the final mark.
  • Other Exam determines 50% of the final mark.

Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

Oral exam with a relative weight of 50 which comprises 50% of the final mark.

This is a mid-term test.

Note: Speaking skills are assessed on the basis of fluency, accuracy, range of expression, and pronunciation.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

continuous assessment with a relative weight of 50 which comprises 50% of the final mark.

Note: The mark for continuous assessment will be based on the successful development of the group podcast, as well as on the quality of the final product. The development process will be evaluated on the basis of classroom participation and the timely submision of homework assignments. The podcast itself will be assessed on the basis of contents, accuracy, range of expression, and pronunciation. A mark will be attributed to the entire group and to individual contributions. Marks may also be adjusted on the basis of peer assessment. Late submissions of the podcast will not be accepted.

Additional info with regard to grading

Students cannot pass this course if they obtain a mark of 8/20 or less for either (1) the oral exam; (2) the podcast (continuous assessment). 

Second exam session: 100% oral exam 

The oral exams may be recorded; this recording will be used solely in the event of a complaint.