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Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






2ème Année Management,2ème Année Télécom





Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


I built this English course around two visions of American culture offered by the films, Forrest Gump and Thank you for Smoking. We use these narratives as a springboard for discussing American culture, history and current events. I add historic documents, short videos and newspaper articles to supplement and deepen the conversations in class. If time permits, we will begin Ava Duvernay’s film, Selma

Acquis d'apprentissage

1. Oral presentations in a wide variety of formats with plenty of tips for improvement
2. Weekly vocabulary to preview before film (and subsequently learn) and auto-correct vocabulary quizzes
3. Reviewing challenging grammar points: Understanding and Using English Grammar/ Azar
4. Current events readings (New York Times, The Guardian) for homework with synonym grids to fill out
5. Several short writing assignments for homework including a summary, an opinion essay and a personal narrative


1. Use English effectively to articulate our opinions concerning film themes
2. Improve oral presentation technique
3. Expand English language vocabulary and use of idioms
4. Review advanced grammar where necessary
5. Use writing skills to analyse class material


How I assess your performance. Presentations and written assignments account for 1/3 of your grade. Presence and Participation 1/3. The Common school wide written CF1 (December 18th) 1/3.
Attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of the online sessions. Students should signal technical problems immediately. Absences are excused by the administration only. Students must present a note obtained from the secretary in order to be excused. Points will be deducted from final grade for unexcused absences.

Approches pédagogiques

1. Students should arrive to class ready to participate with the necessary materials. In addition to the regular classroom materials, this includes a computer equipped with a webcam, microphone, and active high-speed internet connection for the duration of each session. Students will be called on and expected to turn on their microphone promptly and respond at any time during these sessions.
2. Due to the nature of online learning, students will be expected to complete preparation work before the ‘live’ session each week. It will be posted on Moodle in a document form. This preparation is mandatory and essential for the quality of the group work.
3. Written homework assignments are expected to be punctual. Dates will be posted on Moodle homework portal
4. Oral Presentations: Each student will be asked to add something to the course in the form of an oral presentation on a subject related to the film. The task is to gather and assemble a small amount of research and present it to the class in clear, accurate English (>5<10 minutes) accompanied by 6 power point slides. You will receive a note out of 20 for consisting of 1-10 delivery and 1-10 slides. 7 days notice required for a change of date.


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Fiche mise à jour le 21/07/2020