Building Blocks of English 1
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-CIWB102E-IBC
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Communication and Information Studies;
dr. E.R. Felker
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dr. E.R. Felker
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Contactperson for the course
dr. E.R. Felker
Other course modules lecturer
dr. E.R. Felker
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2022
PER 1-PER 2  (05/09/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
With respect to English grammar, at the end of the course, students can reproduce English grammar rules on a number of topics and can illustrate these rules with examples. They can apply these grammar rules at an advanced level in both general and business English sentences by using the grammatically correct form and by correcting violations of these rules in such sentences, and explaining these corrections. Students can identify the grammatical phenomena discussed in this course in English sentences and explain their use.
Regarding vocabulary, at the end of the course, students can define the meaning of all the vocabulary items used in the course. 
With regard to punctuation and the use of capitals, students can, at the end of the course, apply English conventions in identifying and correcting the incorrect use of punctuation and capitals and by applying appropriate punctuation in sentences without punctuation.
As far as English pronunciation is concerned, at the end of the course, students can orthographically write English words transcribed in International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and transcribe English words phonetically using IPA symbols. They are familiar with a number of aspects of English pronunciation that are problematic for learners of English. For these aspects, students can identify and explain the characteristics of a correct English pronunciation and explain to what extent the correct native English pronunciation is different from a non-native English pronunciation. They can give examples of English words in which these aspects of English pronunciation are in evidence.
For English learners’ dictionaries, at the end of the course, students can describe what kind of information these include, explain the meaning of the information given in dictionary entries, for example about pronunciation and grammatical use.
Lastly, at the end of the course, students can use the relevant linguistic terminology in describing and explaining phenomena in the areas described above.
For learners of English to come across as competent professionals in oral and written communication, a good command of English with regard to pronunciation, grammar, writing conventions and vocabulary is crucial. To achieve this, knowledge of and insight into underlying language structures is essential. As an academically trained communication specialist, you will be expected to be able to both reflect on these topics and explain them to others, which means you will need to master the right linguistic terminology.  
In this course, students acquire knowledge and understanding of the most important aspects of English grammar and English pronunciation. Additionally, students learn to read words written in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and transcribe words into IPA. In this course, attention is also systematically paid to a theoretical reflection on language, using linguistic terminology, and to the use of English learners’ dictionaries. Lastly, students also improve their vocabulary through self-study. Students do exercises related to the subject matter dealt with in the course on a weekly basis, some of which are online. As preparation for classes, students formulate questions about the course material, some of which they post on Blackboard. In addition, in each period students explain the problematic aspects of the course material to their fellow students in a short class presentation.

Presumed foreknowledge
Only accessible to students of the BA International Business Communication.
Test information


Required materials
Title:MyGrammarLab Advanced C1/C2 (without key) with access to MyGrammarLab.
Author:Foley, M. & Hall, D.
Title:Clear English Pronunciation A Practical Guide
Author:Dick Smakman
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Ltd

Instructional modes

Working group
Attendance MandatoryYes

Seminars and self-study, including online exercises.

Written exam
Test weight100
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade