TEACHERS’ DEVELOPMENT PLAN IN ENGLISH

Did you start your English levels at the Department but you had to stop them by any reason?

No problem! The Updating Course helps you to retake your path.

UPDATING COURSES (20 hours)
OBJECTIVECONTENT
To update teachers in the contents and competences of the last English level taken at the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures in order to retake the path and continue with the next level in line. The same contents and competences that make part of the syllabus of each of the seven levels offered at the Department.

Did you already finish your seven (7) English levels at the Department?

These are the different courses that the Department offers so that you continue strengthening your English skills.

STRENGTHENING ENGLISH SKILLS COURSES (20 hours)
SPEAKINGWRITINGINTEGRATED SKILLS
  • SPEAKING UPDATING I
  • SPEAKING UPDATING II
  • SPEAKING UPDATING III
  • SPEAKING PERFORMANCE FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES
  • SURVIVAL ENGLISH
  • IMPROVING YOUR PRONUNCIATION
 
  • INSIGHTS TO GRAMMAR FOR WRITING I
  • INSIGHTS TO GRAMMAR FOR WRITING II
  • WRITING ESSAYS I
  • WRITING ESSAYS II
  • WRITING ESSAYS III
 
  • TEACHING IN ENGLISH
  • VOCABULARY STRATEGIES
  • COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS
  • ENGLISH HISTORY: THE TUDORS
  • ACTIVE LISTENING STRATEGIES
  • ACTIVE READING STRATEGIES
 

Find here the objectives and content of each of the Strengthening English Skills courses

Speaking

SPEAKING UPDATING ISPEAKING UPDATING IISPEAKING UPDATING III
Objective:
To acquire language updating through a global revision of basic grammar structures aimed at improving speaking.
Objective:
To acquire language updating through a global revision of complex grammar structures aimed at improving speaking.
Objective:
To acquire language updating through a global revision of advanced grammar structures aimed at improving speaking.
Content:
  • Types of sentences
  • Conjunctions but, and, so
  • Prepositions of time
  • Pronouns
  • Prepositions of location
  • Countable and non-countable nouns
  • Some, any
  • Present tense frame
  • Past tense frame
  • Future tense frame
  • Contrast of tenses
  • Tag questions
 
Content:
  • Prepositions
  • Adverbs
  • Adjectives
  • Comparative & superlatives
  • Indefinite pronouns
  • Adverb clauses
  • Conditional sentences
  • Modal verbs
  • Past modals
  • Embedded questions
  • Reported speech
 
Content:
  • Adjective clauses
  • Passive voice
  • Causative verbs
  • Gerunds and infinitives
  • Two-word verbs
  • Noun clauses
  • Prepositional sentences
  • Hope / wish clauses
  • Phrasal verbs

Speaking

SPEAKING UPDATING ISPEAKING UPDATING IISPEAKING UPDATING III
Objective:
To develop speaking competences through different oral activities that lead to discussions, presentations, and reports
Objective:
To improve speaking skills when dealing with everyday situations while visiting English-speaking countries.
Objective:
To recognize the phonetic symbols found in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and be able to produce most of them through different tools.
Content:
  • Telling stories
  • Talking about news
  • Participating in debates
  • Making oral presentations
  • Giving speeches
  • Analyzing case studies
  • Improvising discussions
  • Reporting information on interviews, studies, readings, videos and audios.
 
Content:
  • Booking hotel rooms, tickets and tours
  • Visiting a store
  • Complaining about goods & services
  • Missing people / belongings
  • Helping at home
  • Reporting and discussing news
  • Discussing about customs and festivals around the world
  • Dealing with medical issues
  • Asking for & giving advice
 
Content:
  • Segmental – Part 1 (Vowels)
  • Segmental - Part 2 (Consonants)
  • Sounds and Syllables
  • Supra segmental - Part 1 (Stress patterns)
  • Supra segmental - Part 2 (Intonation and Linking)

Writing

INSIGHTS TO GRAMMAR FOR WRITING IINSIGHTS TO GRAMMAR FOR WRITING IIWRITING ESSAYS I
Objective:
To develop writing competences through the review of basic grammar structures.
Objective:
To develop writing competences through the review of complex grammar structures.
Objective:
To develop ideas coherently through the review of rhetorical structures and expressions proper of essays.
Content:
  • Types of sentences
  • Conjunctions but, and, so
  • Contrast of tenses
  • Adjectives
  • Comparatives and superlatives
  • Adverb clauses
  • Conditional sentences
  • Punctuation rules
 
Content:
  • Adjective clauses
  • Past modals
  • Causative verbs
  • Noun clauses
  • Reported speech
  • Gerunds & infinitives
 
Content:
  • Topic sentence
  • Descriptive essays
  • Narrative essays
  • Cause/effect essays

Writing

WRITING ESSAYS IIWRITING ESSAYS III
Objective:
To develop ideas coherently through the review of rhetorical structures and expressions proper of essays.
Objective:
To develop ideas coherently through the review of rhetorical structures and expressions proper of essays.
Content:
  • Topic sentence
  • Book / Article reviews
  • Problem-solution essay
  • For & Against essay
 
Content:
  • Topic sentence
  • Opinion essay
  • Abstracts
  • Research article
 

Integrated Skills

TEACHING IN ENGLISHVOCABULARY AND LANGUAGECOMMUNICATIVE SKILLS
Objective:
To build stronger teaching skills when teaching contents in English monitored through microteachings and class observations.
Objective:
To broaden everyday vocabulary through different strategies and techniques to improve language comprehension and production.
Objective:
To apply different learning strategies aimed at dealing with the four language skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking).
Content:
  • Lesson planning
  • Introducing and developing topics.
  • Stating instructions
  • Modelling
  • Designing and using visual aids
  • Deepening on interaction
  • Dealing with discussions
  • Drawing up conclusions and/or reflections
  • Microteachings
  • Class peer - observations
 
Content:
  • Parts of speech
  • Main idea sentence starters
  • Cognates
  • False cognates
  • Prefixes & suffixes
  • Vocabulary clusters
  • Frayers model
  • Verbal and visual word association
  • Concept map
 
Content:
  • Short story “The Hunter” (7chapters)
  • Savant Syndrome
  • Serial killers
  • Learning Through Multiple Intelligences
  • Teaching strategies
  • Al Capone (5 chapters)

Integrated Skills

ENGLISH HISTORY: THE TUDORSACTIVE LISTENING STRATEGIESACTIVE READING STRATEGIES
Objective:
To deep on the English history of the XVI century during the Tudors’ Dynasty based on the TV series “The Tudors” from Showtime.
Objective:
To develop a variety of listening strategies to be applied in different communicative situations.
Objective:
To identify, adapt, and adopt reading strategies, read more efficiently, expand vocabulary, and become more active and critical.
Content:
  • Telling stories
  • Talking about news
  • Participating in debates
  • Making oral presentations
  • Giving speeches
  • Analyzing case studies
  • Improvising discussions
  • Reporting information on interviews, studies, readings, videos and audios.
 
Content:
  • Listening to TV and movies
  • Listening to YouTube videos
  • Listening to music
  • Listening to authentic language
  • Listening for testing
 
Content:
  • Function of words according to the context.
  • Deducing meanings from context.
  • Predicting and inferring information
  • Identifying key words
  • Skimming & scanning
  • Paraphrasing information.
  • Discussing, summarizing, and analyzing information.

Were you exempted from the placement exam at the Department?

  • Are you a native speaker of English?
  • Have you taken at least three strengthening English skills courses?
  • Are you placed in a B2+ level according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages?

If so, Advanced Courses are your option to continue growing within the English language.

These are the different Advanced Courses that the Department offers to you.

ADVANCED COURSES (24 HOURS)
ACADEMIC WRITING
Analytical Research Articles
“Humanities Style Research”
NAT GEO
Exploring Customs and Traditions Around the World
CLIL
(Content and Language Integrated Learning)
Objective:
To prepare an article reporting on the results of analytical research in English appropriate for submission to international academic journals. The course additionally covers other, related aspects of the academic publishing process (for example: selection of appropriate journals, understanding the expectations and standards of submission, and managing feedback).
Objective:
To provide learners with worldwide geographical, historical, and cultural knowledge; its customs and traditions through resources from National Geographic.
Objective:
To encourage teachers to get involved with the concept, characteristics, and teaching methodologies of CLIL, enabling participants to implement CLIL-based approaches in their teaching context.
Content:
  • Journal Targeting
  • Thesis Statements and Outlines
  • Conclusions (Part 1)
  • Conclusions (Part 2)
  • Body / Main Text (Part 1)
  • Body / Main Text (Part 2)
  • Body / Main Text (Part 3)
  • Introductions (Part 1)
  • Introductions (Part 2)
  • References
  • Abstract, Highlights, and Biographical Information
  • Revision, Publication, and Promotion
 
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Would you like to have some extra practice during the semester?

The Department also offers a space for that. Enjoy the Speaking Clubs we have:

SPEAKING CLUB

Objective:
To develop speaking competences and fluency when having speaking practice with a native speaker.

  • No previous requirements.
  • Flexibility in schedules
  • Variety of topics
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MÁS INFORMACIÓN:

Angela Gamba

Formación en lenguas para docentes
Teléfono: (+57) (1) 8615555, 8616666 Ext.: 41308
angela.gamba@unisabana.edu.co


El horario de atención es de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.