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Technical English II 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in English
  • Continuous Assessment


Students will be able to:
interact with clients and professionals in the tourist industry in common situations
ask questions to find out clients' requirements
understand what clients say
speak with colleagues and other professionals to achieve necessary outcomes to deliver required services understand forms, information documents, rules & regulations and other documents relevant to obligations of tourism professionals
understand written requests from clients and colleagues
respond to written requests; draft working documents for colleagues

Recommended Prerequisites

Students should be at level A2 of the CEFR so they can build on existing knowledge and skills to achieve B1 level by the end of the academic year, when they will have completed Inglês Técnico II.

Teaching Metodology

This is a highly practical course, with examples of appropriate speaking and writing, which students will emulate, perfecting their own abilities by practising and redrafting.
Reading and listening will be approached through authentic texts, such as articles and documents, that are found in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Students will work in groups and alone to produce written and spoken material, improve versions and eventually submit these for assessment.

Body of Work

The course consists of a range of authentic texts and listening materials, which students interact with and emulate in their own work.

Recommended Bibliography

English Grammar in Use with Answers and CD-ROM: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Intermediate Learners of English, 4th edition. Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 052118939X
ISBN-13: 978-0521189392
English Vocabulary in Use Upper-intermediate with Answers and CD-ROM, 3rd edition. Michael McCarthy & Felicity O'Dell, Cambridge University Press.
ISBN-10: 1107600944
ISBN-13: 978-1107600942
Oxford English for Careers Tourism 1 ISBN: 978-0-19-455100-7

Complementary Bibliography

Online resources, linked from the Moodle page.
These include dictionaries and sites with vocabulary and grammar activities.

Weekly Planning

Week 1
Using technology: accessing the Internet through mobile devices, downloading listening and reading material, uploading speaking and writing. Assuring that any new students who have joined since Inglês Técnico I are familiar with what is required.
Introductions: name and one unusual thing about self.
Jobs in the tourism industry. Ideal job in tourism: advantages and disadvantages.
Articles about different people and their jobs.
Writing/speaking: role play and job descriptions.

Week 2
Writing a curriculum vitae (CV); the European model.
Evaluation of some CVs and what to be careful of when writing your own.
Job adverts; replies to these.
Speaking: pair work interviewing for job.
Writing: compile own CV.

Week 3
Giving directions to tourists: listening, then practice with role cards.
Speaking: dialogues giving directions.
Vocabulary: buildings and other features in town and country; prepositions of place.

Week 4
Situations at hotel, airport, station, museum; welcoming tourists.
Dialogues: pair work reading, substituting then recording own versions.
Writing: recording necessary phrases.

Week 5
Visit to a tourist attraction.
Speaking: guide commentary.

Week 6
Journeys and trips.
Videos and articles.

Week 7
Tourist products: brochures, means of transport.
Links in the tourist journey; ensuring the tourist gets safely to and from their destination.
Timetables and routes.
Writing: summary of journey plan in preparation for next week.

Week 8
Further exotic and unusual trips.
Package tours: Thomas Cook's first package tour.
Writing: design a package tour in Portugal.

Week 9
Cultural events: articles and brochures.
Writing: Planning a programme.

Week 10
Accommodation and restaurants.
Survey of various examples in Porto and other places.
Radio or TV report about one of these.

Week 11
Complaints: how to make them and to handle them.
Letter of complaint and verbal complaints.
Writing: letters of complaint.

Week 12
Stories about poor service.
Speaking: complaint dialogue; finding solutions to poor service.
Writing: replies to letters of complaint.

Week 13
Final Preparations for presentations.
Writing; plan for a tourism project, for example hotel, resort, theme park, which will be presented next week.

Week 14
Presentations: shown to class.
Feedback to class on these.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The materials used are taken from authentic texts, written and spoken, which students are likely to meet in their future jobs. Practice will develop the language skills they will require.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Practical activities recreate real-life situations. Students work on improving their own spoken and written communication, which develops their self-appraisal skills and self-confidence.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
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