Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2018/2019 | Previous academic years:  2017/2018  |  2016/2017  |  2015/2016 
Bachelor's degree in Social Work
Course code: 304205 Subject title: FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 2º S
Department: Ciencias Humanas y de la Educación

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Module/Subject matter

Module: Communication, research and organization for Social Work (Basic training)

Subject matter: 304205 Foreign Language (English)



Foreign Language (English) is a compulsory subject in the first year of Social Work. It takes place during the 2nd term and it consists of  theoretical sessions in plenary (2 h a week) and  practice sessions in smaller group (1,5 h a week).


This subject is specifically oriented towards the development of the student¿s instrumental skills in using the English language, as a necessary tool for academic training and research, as well as a means of communication in intercultural contexts. Therefore most of the teaching-hours will be invested in performing a variety of tasks related to the instrumental skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking).


The subject is divided into 7 main units, which make up 6 ECTS credits. Each credit corresponds to 25 hours of work on the part of the student. Thus, the average total number of hours the student will have to devote to this subject is 150 (assuming that the student¿s access level is an A2). Around 60 hours (40%) of the student's study time will be devoted to classroom and seminar work and exam completion and the remaining 90 hours (60%) to self-study work at home (around 5 hours per week). The latter will include the preparation of an oral task related to the degree, the completion of the Revise and Check sections, of reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary exercises in the Student's Book as well as the practice exercises both in the Workbook and in the MultiRom.




General proficiencies


CB04 Que los estudiantes puedan transmitir información, ideas, problemas y soluciones a un público tanto especializado como no especializado


Specific proficiencies


CT01 Demuestra una competencia lingüística en castellano equivalente a un nivel C1 del Marco Común Europeo de referencia para las lenguas: "aprendizaje, enseñanza, evaluación" del Consejo de Europa
CT02 Demuestra una competencia lingüística en francés, inglés, alemán o italiano equivalentes a un nivel B1 del Marco Común Europeo de referencia para las lenguas: "aprendizaje, enseñanza, evaluación" del Consejo de Europa




Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are the concretion of the proficiencies that the student will acquire in the subject. Three levels are established:

- Optimal: acquisition of 100% of the proficiencies and mastering of at least 75%.
- Intermediate: acquisition of most of the aimed proficiencies and mastering of those aspects which contribute to the specific proficiencies of the degree.
- Low: insufficient acquisition of the aspects which contribute to the specific proficiencies of the degree.
A student will be considered "APTO" if the learning level is optimal or intermediate.


The main aim of the course will be to develop the students¿ oral and written level of English to achieve an intermediate level (B1) of the Common European Framework. More specifically, the course will intend to:


R1- Practise the four main skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) by means of receptive and productive work

R2- Revise, consolidate and enhance students¿ command of English grammar and vocabulary.

R3- Work on the pronunciation of individual sounds and of words in connected speech.

R4- Promote a positive attitude towards Second Language Learning in general and, in particular, of the English Language and the cultures of English-speaking countries.


According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the general level of adequacy expected for a B1 level for Reading, Writing, Listening and Spoken production is the following:


  • Reading:

Can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language.

Can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

  • Writing:

Can write simple connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

Can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.

  • Listening:

Can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

Can understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

  • Spoken production:

Can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions.

Can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Can narrate a story or the plot of a book or film and describe his/her reactions.



Students are expected to acquire a personal commitment of learning and continuous improvement as well as strategies that allow them to work autonomously.



Teaching Methodologies

Code Description
MD1 Master class in plenary
MD2 Interaction in large group
MD3 Interaction in medium-sized group
MD4 Interaction in small group
MD5  Individual interaction: tasks and guide for autonomous learning 


 Formative activities

Code Description Time In-person class  Autonomous learning
AF1 Theoretical sessions 30 100 %  
AF2 Practice sessions 22,5 100 %  
AF3 Exam preparation (oral presentation) 4   100%
AF4 Student's autonomous learning 86   100%
AF5 Tutorials Optional 100 %  
AF6 Exam completion 7,5 100 %  


Relationship between formative activities and proficiencies


Formative activities Methodology of in-person activity Student's autonomous learning Proficiencies
AF1, AF4  Master class and explanation of theoretical contents  Personal learning, learning strategies CE1, CT1, CT4, CEM11
  AF2, AF3, AF4, AF6 Presentation and analysis of written and audiovisual materials  Reading, listening, oral production, report writing CE1, CE14, CT1, CT4, CT13, CT14, CEM4, CEM10, CEM11
AF2, AF3, AF4, AF5  Debate, analysis and resolution of practice examples  Reasoning, critical approach, improvement  and self-correction, oral presentation, oral exchanges CE14, CT1, CT4, CT13, CT14, CEM4, CEM10, CEM11






All lessons will be delivered in English, as well as the exam instructions. The bibliography is given in English, as well.





Resultado de aprendizaje Sistema de evaluación Peso (%) Carácter recuperable
 R1,R2, R4  Mid-term written  exam  30%  No
 R1, R3, R4  Mid-term oral exam  10%  By means of the Ordinary oral exam 
 R1, R2, R4  Ordinary written exam  30%  By means of the Extraordinary written exam
 R1, R3, R4  Ordinary oral exam  30%  By means of the Extraordinary oral exam





  • Listening: a variety of recordings representing a wide range of speech situations and activities.

  • Reading: a variety of texts adapted from a variety of real sources (newspapers, magazines, the Internet) and different tasks that will help students understand better.

  • Writing: a selection of tasks focused on both electronic and ¿traditional¿ text types that will promote grammar consolidation and appropriate use of the vocabulary taught in each unit.

  • Speaking: a range of activities related to the topics of each lesson as well as oral presentations on specific topics assigned throughout the course.

  • Grammar points: verb tenses (present, past and future), action and non-action verbs, comparatives and superlatives, modal verbs (expressing obligation, deduction and ability and possibility), conditionals (1st, 2nd and 3rd), ¿used to¿, quantifiers (much, many, a lot (of), a few, enough, too much, too many), articles (a/an, the, zero article), gerunds and infinitives, reported speech, the passive voice and relative clauses.

  • Vocabulary related to the following areas: food and restaurants, sports, family, personality, money, shopping, transport and travel, communication (mobile phones), descriptions, education, houses, friendship, work, cinema, television and phrasal verbs (including the verb to get, etc.). Several activities on word formation will be carried out as well.

  • Pronunciation:English vowels and consonants, stress and connected speech phenomena.



Units 1 to 7A and 8B of the recommended textbook will be covered, with a focus on the instrumental skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Phonetics will also be dealt with.


The subject will feature a communicative approach, promoting the active participation of  the students. The theoretical sessions will consist of explanation, practice and debate on grammar and vocabulary items. The practice sessions in smaller groups (maximum 20 students) will focus on the productive skills, especially the oral production,  through pair work, PBL, videos... It will be taken into account that the students are taking a degree on Social Work, and some topics that might be relevant to them will be discussed.



Acceda a la bibliografía que su profesor ha solicitado a la Biblioteca.

Recommended textbook: Oxenden, Clive and Christina Latham-Koenig (2013).  English File Intermediate 3rd Edition (Student¿s Book with iTutor, pocket book for Spanish speakers and Workbook with Key Pack). ISBN 9780194519915, ISBN 9780194519847, ISBN 9780194519823


Extended bibliography:



Clarke, Simon (2008). Macmillan English Grammar in Context. Intermediate. Macmillan.

Eastwood, John (2006). Oxford Practice Grammar. Intermediate Level. New series edition. O.U.P.

Fuchs M. & Bonner, M. (2003). Grammar Express.Pearson Education Ltd.

Mann, Malcom & Taylore-Knowles, S.(2008). Destination B1 Grammar & Vocabulary with Key. Macmillan.

Murphy, R. (1995). English Grammar in Use. Intermediate (3rd Ed). Selft-study with key. C.U.P.

Murphy, R. (2004). Essential Grammar in Use with Answers. (New Edition). C.U.P.

Sinclair, J. (1992). Collins Cobuild English Usage. (1992). London: Collins.

Swan, M. (1995). Practical English Usage. O.U.P.

Swan, M. & Walter, C. (1997). How English Works. O.U.P.

Vince,Michael (2003). Intermediate Language Practice with Key (New Edition). Macmillan.


Bernard, S. (1988). Vocabulary Builder 1& 2. Longman.

Gough, Christ (2001). English Vocabulary Organiser. L.T.P.

McCarthy, M. & O¿Dell, F. (1994). English Vocabulary in Use. C.U.P.

Redman, S. & Shaw, Ellen 1999 (2002). Vocabulary in Use. Intermediate (with answers). C.U.P.

Redman, S. 1997 (2005). English Vocabulary in Use. Pre-intermediate & Intermediate (with key). C.U.P.


Craven, Miles (2008). Cambridge English Skills: Real. Real Listening & Speaking (Intermediate). C.U.P.

Driscoll, Liz (2008). Cambridge English Skills: Real Reading (Intermediate). C.U.P.

Emmerson, Paul (2003). Email English. Macmillan.

McCarter, Sam. (2009). Academic Writing. Macmillan.

Miles, Scott (2009). Effective Reading 3. Macmillan.

Palmer, Graham (2008). Cambridge English Skills: Real Writing 2 (Intermediate). C.U.P.

Zemach, D. & Islam, C. (2009). Writing in Paragraphs. Macmillan.


Baker, Ann (2006). Ship or Sheep? Intermediate. C.U.P.

Bowler, B. and S. Cunningham. (1990). Headway Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: O.U.P.

Cauldwell, Richard Words Alive! Pronunciation Podcasts. C.U.P.

Hancock, M. (2004). English Pronunciation in Use. Intermediate. Cambridge: C.U.P.

Hancock, M. (2000). Pronunciation Games. Cambridge: C.U.P.

O¿Connor, J.D. and C. Fletcher. (2002). Sounds English: A Pronunciation Practice Book. Longman.

Vaughan-Rees, M. (2002). Test your Pronunciation. Essex: Penguin.

Monolingual Dictionaries

Cambridge Learner¿s Dictionary

Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner¿s Dictionary

Longman Wordwise Dictionary

Macmillan Essential Dictionary for Learners of English 2003.

New Oxford Collocations Dictionary 2009

Oxford Advanced Learner¿s Dictionary

Bilingual Dictionaries

Collins Cobuild English Dictionary

Dicccionario Bilingüe Cambridge Compact, Spanish-English

Diccionario Oxford Compact Plus

Diccionario Oxford Study para Estudiantes de Inglés (2ª Edición)

Diccionario Oxford Inglés-Español /Español-Inglés. Concise.

Useful Internet Links: (Oxford Advanced Learner¿s) (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Online) (Voice of America) (podcasts) (pronunciation of regular past participles) (for written self-correction)

Relevant Journals:

Hot English Magazine (with Audio)


The Reporter: Articles and Entertainment for Students of the English Language

The Times Educational Supplement

Think in English (with Audio)

Recommended Readings

Macmillan Graded Readers (B1):

Wuthering Heights ISBN: 9781405077095  Macmillan Readers

The Woman who Disappeared ISBN: 9781405076685 Macmillan Readers

The Woodlanders ISBN: 9781405073196 Macmillan Readers

When Rain Clouds Gather ISBN: 9780230024403 Macmillan Readers

Used in Evidence ISBN: 9781405073172 Macmillan Readers

Thérèse Raquin ISBN: 9781405075381 Macmillan Readers

Touching the Void ISBN: 9780230533523  Macmillan Readers

Tess of the d'Urbervilles ISBN: 9781405074575 Macmillan Readers

Things Fall Apart ISBN: 9781405073158  Macmillan Readers

Much Ado About Nothing ISBN: 9780230408708 Macmillan Readers

Oxford Readers (Level 3, B1):

Dian and the Gorillas (by Norma Shapiro) ISBN13: 9780194248273 Oxford University Press

Mansfield Park (by Jane Austen) ISBN: 9780194248280 Oxford University Press

My Family and Other Animals (by Gerald Durrell) ISBN: 9780194248242 OUP

Revolution (by Jann and Linda Huizenga) ISBN: 9780194248266 Oxford University Press

The Call of the Wild (by Jack London) ISBN13: 9780192728012 Oxford University Press

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Stories Oxford University Press

The Moonstone (by Wilkie Collins) ISBN: 9780194248211 Oxford University Press

The Picture of Dorian Gray (by Oscar Wilde) ISBN: 9780194791267 Oxford University Press

The Scarlet Letter (by Nathaniel Hawthorne) ISBN: 9780194248228 Oxford University Press

Cambridge Readers (Level 4, B1)

Nothing but the Truth (by George Kerkshaw) 978-0-521-68627-3 Cambridge University Press

Staying Together (by Judith Wilson) 978-0-521-68655-6Cambridge University Press

The Fruitcake Special and Other Stories (by Frank Brennan) 978-0-521-68611-2Cambridge Univ. Press

The University Murders (by Richard MacAndrew 78-0-521-68641-9Cambridge University Press

When Summer Comes (by Helen Naylor) 978-0-521-68649-5 Cambridge University Press


Gilete, R. M. (2010). The Explorer of the Chest. Spain: Portal Editions.