Universidad Nacional de Tucumán - 
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras


SYLLABUS - 2011 -


AnNual Course : 8 (eight) hours of class a week

                                 - plus periodical individual interviews -

Ø To take this course students must be regular in the following subjects :
Lengua Inglesa I and Introducción a la Gramática


PROFESOR ASOCIADO:                            Prof. Marta León de Mondino
PROFESOR ADJUNTO:                              Prof. Mónica Díaz Romero
JEFE DE TRABAJOS PRÁCTICOS:           Prof. Verónica Sánchez de Cabot
AUXILIAR DOCENTE GRADUADO:           Prof. Patricia Córdoba
AUXILIAR DOCENTE GRADUADO:           Prof. Edith Díaz Yurko de Rengel
AUXILIAR ESTUDIANTIL:                           Luís Navarro
AUXILIAR ESTUDIANTIL:                           María Emilia Baigorrí


· To take students a stage further in the process of acquisition of communicative competence.
· To enable the students to communicate fluently and accurately in a wide range of situations and speech events.
· To provide the students with adequate knowledge about the language so they can account for its use.
· To help the students develop their own studying strategies and vocabulary learning skills.
· To expose the students to as much authentic spoken and written
language as possible.

· To engage the students in stimulating, challenging and interactive communicative tasks.
· To raise the students’ level of awareness of mistakes.
· To encourage critical thinking.
· To help the students develop different strategies for reading comprehension.
· To enable the students to communicate through writing in a wide range of forms.
· To raise awareness of cross-cultural differences and strengthen the students’ sense of identity.


The topics and structures to be dealt with in the language learning process will be those presented in the text books used in the course, the reading material and specially designed booklets and study guides with activities obeying to students’ interests.

See bibliography given below.

Upstream (upper intermediate) LANGUAGE USE:

UNIT 1: Crossing barriers 
· Articles
· Determiners
· Too/Enough
· Partitives
· Countable/ uncountable nouns
UNIT 2: Moods and feelings
· Present Simple and Present Continuous
· Stative verbs 
· Used to – be/get used to
· Word formation: forming adjectives
UNIT 3: Making a living
· -ing form or infinitive
· Reported speech
· Introductory verbs
· Word formation: forming negative adjectives
UNIT 4: Make yourself at home
· Present Perfect
· Present Perfect Continuous
· Word formation: adjective endings
UNIT 5: Modern living
· Adjectives
· Adverbs
· Comparisons
· Word formation: adjective suffixes
UNIT 6: Going places
· Modal verbs
· Word formation: derivatives
UNIT 7: History
· Past forms
· Past modals
· Word formation: verb suffixes
UNIT 8: Learning lessons
· The passive
· The causative
· Word formation: -ing/ - ed endings
UNIT 9: Planet issues
· Future forms
· Conditionals
· Mixed conditionals
· Wishes
· Word formation: prefixes
UNIT 10: The cycle of life
· Relative clauses
· Clauses of concession/ purpose
· Question tags

· Interaction between students and teacher
· Interaction among students (pair work and group work – small /large)
· Interviewing native speakers
· Communicative tasks
· Role-play / Drama – one act plays / Song representations
· Vocabulary development
· Reading and oral comprehension exercises: reordering jumbled texts, finding the suitable heading, jigsaw reading, summarising, identifying the speakers, listening for specific information, creating the other side of the conversation, retelling the story, etc.
· The writing process (generating ideas, organising , planning, writing, revising, editing)
· Intensive reading (short stories, articles, news reports, etc.)
· Extensive reading (novels, plays, magazine and newspaper articles, information downloaded from the Internet, etc.)
· Seeking and selecting information from different sources
· Oral reports (individually and in small groups)


Ø Written :
- PRÁCTICOS: Papers including different types of written exercises based on the contents dealt with in class.
- PARCIALES: Global assessment focusing on the use of English (listening,
reading and writing activities), short stories and American and British culture.
At least 4 (four).

Ø Oral:
- PRÁCTICOS : Periodical interviews (in small groups) on the short stories/ books assigned for reading.

Ø Students must pass a minimum of 75% of PRÁCTICOS and PARCIALES.

- Students must pass a final exam (written and oral).
- Students must show their proficiency in their understanding and use of English at First Certificate English level.


a) Textbooks :
- Obee, Bob and Evans, Virginia, (2008). Upstream Upper Intermediate, (Units 1 –10) Express

b) Intensive Reading Material :
Specially Designed Booklets and Study Guides:
- Cultural Awareness: An Insight into American and British Identity and Culture.
- Culturally Responsive Reading in the Language Class. .( A selection of Short Stories with guided language activities).
Short stories: 
· A Child’s Story – Charles Dickens
· A Guardian Angel – Ruskin Bond
· The First Seven Years Bernard Malamud
· Enoch’s Two Letters – Alan Sillitoe
· A Visit to the Dentist – Maya Angelou
· Dead Men’s Path – Michael Obi
· Games at Twilight- Anita Desai

c) Set Books for Extensive Reading :
- Ngugi Wa Thiongo, Weep Not Child (novel)
- Austin, Jane. Sense and Sensibility (novel) *
- Wilde, Oscar, The Importance of Being Earnest (play) * 
- Wilde, Oscar, The Picture of Dorian Gray (novel) *
* The students will also see the corresponding film on this book.

d) Supplementary Material :

-        Evans, Virginia, (1998).Successful Writing Upper Intermediate, Express Publishing.
-        Kearny, Eduard N. et al. (1984) The American Way – An Introduction to American Culture. Prentice Hall.
-        Mann, Malcom and Steve Taylore-Knowles (2003) Skills for First Certificate: Listening and Speaking. Macmillan.
-        Mann, Malcom and Steve Taylore-Knowles (2003) Skills for First Certificate: Use of English. Macmillan.
-        Mann, Malcom and Steve Taylore-Knowles, (2003) Skills for First Certificate: Writing.  Macmillan.
-        McCarthy,Michael and O’Dell, Felicity, ( 1994).English Vocabulary in Use - Upper-Intermediate and Advanced Students, Cambridge University Press
-        O’Discoll, James. (1995) Britain – The Country and Its People: An introduction for Learners of English. Oxford University Press.
-        Smalzer, William, (1996). Write to Be Read, Cambridge University Press.
-        Stevenson, D. K. (1987) American Life and Institutions. Germany.
-        Tiersky, Ethel and Tiersky, Martin. (1990) The USA. Customs and Institutions. 3rd Edition.
-        Vince, Michael, (1996) First Certificate Language Practice, Heinemann.
-        Wellman,Guy, (1992)The Heinemann Wordbuilder, Heinemann.
Other Sources :

- Magazines, newspapers, the Internet, etc.

e) Dictionaries :

- Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners
- Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary of Current English
- Webster’s New World Dictionary
- Longman’s Dictionary of Contemporary English
- Longman’s Lexicon of Contemporary English
- Longman’s Language Activator
- Longman’s Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs
- Longman’s Dictionary of Language and Culture
- NTC’s American Idiom Dictionary
- NTC’s Contemporary American Slang Dictionary
- NTC’s Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts.
- Simon and Schuster, Diccionario Internacional Inglés-Español, Español-Inglés