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Syllabus 2019-20 - 12212012 - Instrumental English 3 (Inglés instrumental 3)

  • Level 1: Tutorial support sessions, materials and exams in this language
  • Level 2: Tutorial support sessions, materials, exams and seminars in this language
  • Level 3: Tutorial support sessions, materials, exams, seminars and regular lectures in this language
DEGREE: Grado en Estudios ingleses
COURSE: Instrumental English 3
NAME: Instrumental English 3
CODE: 12212012 ACADEMIC YEAR: 2019-20

Unit 1

  • Vocabulary: communicating; prepositions and phrases; sayings; idioms.
  • Grammar: time expressions with  Past Simple and  Present Perfect . Cleft sentences: what and it
  • Reading: fake nice; is true friendship a thing of the past?
  • Listening: people discussing a book; interviews: who do you confide in?; favourite sayings.
  • Speaking: getting to know you; help with pronunciation: Attitude words / phrases; discussion: what makes a good friend?; a panel game: Bluff.
  • Writing: Connecting words: addition; spelling: Writing task: an online profile; sharing personal information.

Unit 2

  • Vocabulary: intensifying adverbs; adjective word order; adjectives: describing places.
  • Grammar: relative clauses with prepositions; participle clauses.
  • Reading: A genius explains; I lost my heart in Kerala; tourist information.
  • Listening: radio programme about a painter; people talking about memorable holidays; interview about tourism.
  • Speaking: deciding which people should win an award; help with pronunciation: Speech units; describing places you love or hate; recommending places to visit in your country.
  • Writing: punctuation: apostrophes; connecting words: time (1). Writing task: A travel review; describing and recommending places.

Unit 3

  • Vocabulary: connotation; positive and negative character adjectives; phrasal verbs: health; euphemisms.
  • Grammar: patterns with  it; inversion.
  • Reading: born to lose?; great ways to well-being.
  • Listening: interview with people about impostor syndrome; conversations about how to cheer yourself up; people being tactful in different situations.
  • Speaking: giving both sides of an argument; help with pronunciation: speech units and stress (1); persuading people to try your ideas; short role plays.
  • Writing: connecting words: contrast (1); spelling: one word, two words or hyphenated; writing task: a semi-formal email; cancelling an arrangement.

Unit 4

  • Vocabulary: news collocations; near synonyms; newspaper language.
  • Grammar: phrases referring to the future; future in the past.
  • Reading: four news stories; the world goes to town; two newspapers splashes.
  • Listening: discussion about TV programmes; radio programme: how  Star Trekchanged the world; interview with a sub-editor.
  • Speaking: predicting the future of the media; help with pronunciation: a series of items; describing and discussing strange inventions; making a splash.
  • Writing: connecting words: contrast (2); punctuation: capital letters and full stops; writing task: a proposal.

Unit 5

  • Vocabulary: word building: prefixes with multiple meanings; verb + infinitive with  to or verb +  ing;  verb-noun collocations; work expressions.
  • Grammar: reflexive pronouns
  • Reading: A celebrity lifestyle; young achievers.
  • Listening: interview with TV/film extras; interview with three 18-year-olds; discussion about work issues.
  • Speaking: role play; help with pronunciation: Speech units and stress (2); persuading people to try your ideas; extending and role-playing dialogues .
  • Writing: connecting words: time (2); spelling:  ei or  ie; writing task: a formal email / letter; applying for a course.




The continuous work on the four main areas under study ( grammarvocabulary,  communicative functionas and  linguistics skills) will follow the contents of the manual's first five units ( Face2face Advanced).

Given the instrumental nature of the course, no strict divistion between theory and practice classes is feasible. Therefore, the four weekly hours of classtime will include the following activities:

  • grammar explanations and exercises;
  • vocabulary exercises;
  • use of English;
  • reading comprehension;
  • writing;
  • listening and speaking tasks; and
  • oral and written interaction tasks.

It is of paramount importance taht students attend classes regularly. Continuous work with the textbook's materials, both during class-time and as homework tasks, will help students improve their use of English.

During office hours (' tutorías', in Spanish), students can meet the lecturer to follow up his/her progress in the course and to be helped with specific issues on the course activities.

Students with special educational needs should contact the Student Attention Service (Servicio de Atención y Ayudas al Estudiante) in order to receive the appropriate academic support


The purpose of the  course exam is to check the students' level of use of English. The exam will correspond to the course's materials and objectives. 

The exam will have the following sections:

  1. Reading comprehension.
  2. Writing.
  3. Use of English exercises: vocabulary and grammar.
  4. Listening comprehension.
  5. Speaking.  It will be assessed by means of an oral presentation by each individual student, who will be provided with a slot in a schedule, (available in Docencia Virtual in due course) for this purpose . 


The students' attendance and interest in the course and their exercises/essays will only be considered for the final mark if the student passes the exam (i.e., obtains 5 points or more out of 10).

Regular attendance and the student's interest in the course will be evaluated by means of the lecturer's notes and the consideration of the signatures on the enrolment list.

To evaluate the exercises/essays, oral presentations, etc., the students will be informed of deadlines to hand in the exercises and/or essays established at the beginning of the semester. Similarly, the days for the oral presentations will be provided by the teacher. These exercises and/or essays will be evaluated only if they are handed in before the established deadlines. In the case of the oral presentations, they will only be evaluated if done on the established date(s) (during the semester).

Erasmus students will have the same deadlines as non-Erasmus students regarding essays or oral presentations. They will also sit the exam on the official date (or in the alternative date, if they meet the established requirements regarding the clash of two exams on the same day, following the legislation in the University).

The correspondence between assessment procedures, competences and learning outcomes is the following:

S1: G.03, G.09, G.08  -   R.02, R.06, R.05

S2: G.03, G.06, E.01, E.16, E.26 - R.03, R.04, R.07, R.08, R.09

S3: G.06, G.08, G.11, E.01, E.16, E.26 - R.07, R.06, R.05, R.08

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