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Language Acquisition 4: Working Words at Work



TV4 is the follow-up course of TV3. The setup of the two courses is similar. Again, the systematic and thematic application of vocabulary is the main goal and activity. TV4, however, focuses specifically on professional and academic language use. Students more or less run the course, while the tutor observes and gives the students the opportunity to produce language items and stimulate other students to do the same. Students receive extensive personal feedback once or twice in the course. The main criterion in the course is active vocabulary, and pronunciation and grammar receive less attention because students are assumed to have acquired those skills satisfactorily already. Finally, presentation skills will be practised and evaluated.

Teaching method

One hour seminar per week.

Course objectives

  • awareness of your own and other people’s language use

  • activating the passive vocabulary that was acquired during the first year

  • increasing vocabulary

  • presentation skills

  • grammar and pronunciation

Required reading

Pauwels, Paul et al. Working Words At Work. Deurne: Wolters Plantyn, 2004.

Test method

  • Presentations (80%)

  • Homework assignments (20%)

  • Possibility of an oral exam when the student has not met the attendance requirement or received an insufficient average grade for the presentations and homework tasks.

Time table

The timetable will be available from June 1st on the Internet.


English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or by mail:


Students can register through U-twist between 1 November and 15 December. After 15 December students can only register through the Departmental Office.


Students need to enroll in Blackboard to have access to important information such as deadlines, homework assignments, and grades.