Class English

  • Presentation


    This curricular unit is designed so that students may improve their English skills and acquire vocabulary related to the Sciences of Nutrition. Although most students will have studied English previously, further training is needed to be more effective in communication with others, to properly understand scientific texts, and to transfer relevant knowledge to support their future careers. The presentation of general nutrition topics is designed to support vocabulary growth, and exercises to develop better listening / comprehension and the proper use of both spoken and written English will be designed to extend this development.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    The nutritional themes to be presented include Dietary elements (Vitamins and Minerals, Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats, Water and Hydration) Energy Balance / Lifestyle Nutrition, Basics of Digestion, Diet and Disease, Dietary Dangers

    As indicated, the content will be presented in English. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills will be tested and practiced within the context of these themes.

    English Language themes will include vocabulary, pronouciation, sentence structure, verb tenses, pronouns, prepositions, formality/tone, question words, and contractions. 

  • Objectives


    Appropriate vocabulary growth, improved listening / comprehension skills, and the proper use of both spoken and written English. Proper use implies grammatical accuracy and vocabulary appropriate to their audience. Various themes related with nutrition will be presented in English, promoting both language and basic education in their chosen field. Although web-based tools for communication assistance will be part of the training, the use of smart phones and other electronic aides will be limited during classroom exercises and activities.


    The instruction will be given primarily in English, such that students with weaker language skills should be able to identify areas for improvement (to develop with TPC), and those with strong skills may increase their fluency in a natural environment.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Although traditional lectures will be included in many lessons, these will also include guest lectures and audio and/or video presentations. Regular classroom exercises will be designed to be active and engaging. Short group presentations (combined oral and written) will promote improvements in both English and nutritional knowledge. Bilingual materials will also be used for the augmentation of both English comprehension and scientific knowledge. 

  • References


    Sizer, F. and Whitney E. (2019) Nutrition, Concepts and Controversies (15th Edition), Cengage Learning, Inc. [ISBN13 9781337906371]
    Coe, N. et al . (2009) Grammar Spectrum for Portuguese Students , Oxford [ISBN: 9780194706094]

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