Public University of Navarre

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Bachelor's degree in Social Work at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
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
PASCUAL ARIZ, ANDER (Resp)   [Mentoring ] DE CARLOS IZQUIERDO, ISABEL   [Mentoring ]

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Module/Subject matter

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

Subject matter: 304205 Foreign Language (English)



  • 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.


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 %  




Weight (%) It allows
test resit
required grade
R1 Mid-of-term test on reading, listening and writing 30 NO NONE
R1 Mid-of-term test on speaking 10 YES NONE
R1, R2, R3 End-of-term test on use of English (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation), listening, reading and writing 30 YES NONE
R1, R2, R3 End-of-term speaking test 30 YES NONE




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.



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

Recommended textbook: Latham-Koenig, Christina, Oxenden, Clive and Lambert, Jerry (2019).  English File Intermediate 4th Edition (Student's
Book with iTutor, pocket book for Spanish speakers and Workbook with Key Pack). ISBN: 978-0-19-403565-1

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.



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



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