Course unit title Academic English
Course unit code 22 91 1416 01
Type of course unit Obligatory
Level of course unit first-cycle programme
Year of study 1
Semester 1
Number of ECTS credit allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) mgr Joanna Miłosz-Bartczak
mgr Grażyna Budzińska, mgr Adrianna Kozłowska, dr John Speller
Objectives of the course unit
  1. Developing four basic language skills (at B2 level) in order to communicate.
  2. Developing specialist English language knowledge and communication skills for studying in engineering disciplines, in particular through presentations and short technical texts.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  1. On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: interpret and critically evaluate oral and written discourses related to their academic disciplines,,
  2. communicate effectively and using appropriate grammar forms (e.g. in passive sentences or subordinate clauses) in a range of academic scenarios,
  3. write texts (e.g. abstracts, diagram descriptions) applying registers, formats and language appropriate to their academic disciplines,
  4. prepare and deliver a multimedia presentation related to their academic disciplines,
  5. make effective use of selected computer software and Internet resources for academic purposes.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)
Prerequisites and co-requisites
A sound understanding of English equivalent to CEFR B1+ level.
Recommended optional programme components n/a
Course contents
Recommended and required reading Basic reference materials:
  1. Speller, John., J. Miłosz-Bartczak. Academic English for Engineers. Wydawnictwo Politechniki Łódzkiej, 2017.

Other reference materials:
  1. Bottomley, Jane. Academic Writing for International Students of Science. Abingdon, Oxon, 2015.
  2. Powell, Mark. Dymanic Presentations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  3. Vince, Michael. English Grammar in Context Advanced, Oxford: MacMillan, 2012.
  4. Hewings, Martin. Advanced Grammar in Use, Cambridge: Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2013.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture Tutorials Laboratory Project Seminar Other Total of teaching hours during semester
30 30
Assessment methods and criteria of learning outcomes
LO 1: teacher observation, peer evaluation, final test.
LO 2: teacher observation, written test, final test.
LO 3: teacher observation, written assignments, final test.
LO 4: teacher observation, peer and self-evaluation.
LO 5: oral and written assignments.

Elements of final assessment:
1. continuous assessment 20 %
2. oral assessment (presentation) 30 %
3. written assessment (abstract) 30 %
4. final test 20%
Language of instruction English
Work placement(s) n/a