Cod: 31066
Department: DH
Scientific area: Language
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course, the last level of English at Universidade Aberta, once again focuses on contemporary issues through a theme-based approach to language learning. Language skills are worked on through communicative activities on specific topics that branch out from the general themes of society, culture and the world. Through the topics dealt with in this level students are provided with the skills required for effective written and spoken communication in English.

  1. English Language
  2. Advanced English
  3. C1 CEFR

The competences this course aims to develop are those that correspond to the level C1.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, including the following:
• Capacity to understand written and oral texts produced in English and to demonstrate this understanding through the realization of diverse communicational tasks;
• Capacity to summarize English-language texts, drawn from a range of non-specialized areas and revealing a high level of discursive complexity;
• Capacity to identify and to employ accurately a broad range of grammatical and lexical structures, adapting them to diverse discursive contexts.

This course deals with contemporary issues related to the general themes of society, culture and the world such as nature, the environment, health and illness, technology, and the abstract theme of starting over. Through different activities the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as pronunciation and grammar are worked on and improved during the semester. The course is based on the principles of ESL/EFL (English as a Second/Foreign Language): “Content based instruction” and “Theme based learning”. There is no manual for the course, but different resources which are made available on the learning platform.

Short story (new stories are added each academic year):
Munro, Alice. "Runaway" (2003) The New Yorker
Short story: Danticat, Edwidge. "One Thing" (2020) The New York Times: The Decameron Project
Azar, Betty S. Understanding and Using English Grammar (2002) Pearson Education. NY
(Qualquer bom dicionário de lingua inglesa, Ex: Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture.)


All students are automatically enrolled in continuous assessment. For a full evaluation students must do 2/3 e-folios (assignments submitted on the learning platform) during the course of the semester and an online final Test (p-fólio), at the end of the semester which amount to, respectively, 40% and 60% of the final mark.

Prerequisite for enrolment: successful completion of English V or equivalent qualification.