TÉCNICAS DE EXPRESIÓN EN UN IDIOMA MODERNO
HISTORIA (2017-2018)

rev. 2018-05-21
unit 1 unit 2 unit 3 unit 4 unit 5 unit 6 unit 7 unit 8 unit 9 unit 10 unit 11 unit 12

PROLOGUE

English for historians. Language learning. Quantity and quality.

GEOGRAPHY

  1. Planet earth.
  2. Terrestrial surface.
  3. Climate.
  4. Population.
  5. Agriculture.
  6. Industry.

HISTORY

  1. Ancient world.
  2. Middle Ages.
  3. Early modern period.
  4. Age of Revolution.
  5. Imperialism.
  6. Contemporary societies.

ARCHAEOLOGY

  1. Human evolution.
  2. Discovery.
  3. Excavation.
  4. Underwater archaeology.
  5. Dating the past.
  6. Looting and destruction.

CULTURE

  1. Language.
  2. Marriage.
  3. Kinship.
  4. Gender.
  5. Ritual.
  6. Religion.

COMMUNICATION

  1. Professional communication.
  2. Commercial correspondence.
  3. Email etiquette.
  4. Telephoning.
  5. Presentation skills (I).
  6. Presentation skills (II).
  7. Scientific writing.
  8. Meeting.
  9. Networking.
  10. Personal brand.
  11. Job application.
  12. Job interview.

Conclusion.

Materials.

Online reference sources.

Week 1

Wed., 31 Jan. PROLOGUE 0.1: English for historians

Asignatura obligatoria de 6 créditos en primero del Grado en Historia.

Guía docente. Temario.

Horario de clases.

Calendario de exámenes.

INSTRUCTOR

Pedro Domínguez Caballero de Rodas
Edificio Departamental de Filología, B1-20
tel. (34) 922 31 65 02-6612
pdcrodas@ull.es (horario de tutorías)

Wed., 31 Jan. PROLOGUE 0.2: Language learning

Seven concepts of natural language learning

Steve Kaufmann: Seven concepts of natural language learning (2009) (PDF).
Steve Kaufmann on learning languages ► 4:38 (2007 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 1 Feb. PROLOGUE 0.3: Quantity and quality

Girl learns to dance in a year

Herbert Lui: Why quantity should be your priority (2013) (PDF).
Girl learns to dance in a year ► 1:50 (2013 video).
Trond Egil Toft: Better learning through handwriting (2012) (PDF).

Week 2

Wed., 7 Feb. TOPIC 1.1: Planet earth

Why earth science?

Assignment 1.
Why earth science? ► 6:38 (2008 video) (transcript).

Wed., 7 Feb. TOPIC 1.2: Human evolution

Where and when did humans evolve?

Where and when did humans evolve? ► 5:28 (2013 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 8 Feb. TOPIC 1.3: Professional communication

Principles of communication

Kasia Mikoluk: Principles of communication: seven pillars of business communication (2013) (PDF).

Week 3

Wed., 14 Feb. Ash Wednesday

Carnaval 2018

Wed., 14 Feb. REVIEW

Thurs., 15 Feb. REVIEW

Introducing oneself in public.

Week 4

Wed., 21 Feb. TOPIC 2.1: Terrestrial surface

Exploring landforms and bodies of water for kids

Assignment 2.
Exploring landforms and bodies of water for kids ► 9:18 (2008 video) (transcript).

Wed., 21 Feb. TOPIC 2.2: Discovery

The Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors ► 4:11 (2008 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 22 Feb. TOPIC 2.3: Commercial correspondence

How to write a business letter that gets results

Writing business letters in English (useful phrases and vocabulary) (PDF).
Dustin Wax: How to write a business letter that gets results (2008) (PDF).

Week 5

Wed., 28 Feb. TOPIC 3.1: Climate

Basics of geography: Climate

Assignment 3.
Basics of geography: Climate ► 9:03 (2008 video) (transcript).

Classes cancelled today due to adverse weather conditions. (Yes, today we had to discuss climate!)

Wed., 28 Feb. TOPIC 3.2: Excavation

Crossrail archaeology: Bedlam dig begins at Liverpool Street station

Bedlam dig begins at Liverpool Street station ► 4:05 (2015 video) (transcript).
Hamish McDougall: Bedlam dig begins at Liverpool Street (2015 article).

Thurs., 1 Mar. TOPIC 3.3: Email etiquette

Email etiquette

The dos and don'ts of e-mail etiquette ► 8:34 (2012 video) (transcript).
Jeremy S. Hyman and Lynn F. Jacobs: Eighteen etiquette tips for e-mailing your professor (2010) (PDF).

One-minute talks: from the videos.

Week 6

Wed., 7 Mar. TOPIC 4.1: Population

Seven billion: how did we get so big so fast?

Assignment 4.
Seven billion: how did we get so big so fast? ► 2:34 (2011 video) (transcript).
Why China's one-child policy failed ► 3:30 (2015 video) (transcript).

Wed., 7 Mar. TOPIC 4.2: Underwater archaeology

Underwater archaeology

Underwater archaeology ► 2:50 (2012 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 8 Mar. TOPIC 4.3: Telephoning

Telephone

Telephone (useful phrases and vocabulary) (PDF).
Phone etiquette training ► 7:22 (2009 video) (transcript).

Week 7

Wed., 14 Mar. TOPIC 5.1: Agriculture

Why was agriculture so important?

Assignment 5.
Why was agriculture so important? ► 10:03 (2014 video) (transcript).

Wed., 14 Mar. TOPIC 5.2: Dating the past

How does radiocarbon dating work?

How does radiocarbon dating work? ► 2:11 (2012 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 15 Mar. TOPIC 5.3: Presentation skills (I)

How to create an awesome PowerPoint presentation

How to create an awesome PowerPoint presentation ► 2:01 (2008 video).
Chris Thomas: Five memorable key steps to ensure a good presentation ► 6:21 (2008 video) (transcript).

One-minute talks: free topic.

Week 8

Wed., 21 Mar. TOPIC 6.1: Industry

Turning points in history: Industrial Revolution

Assignment 6.
Turning points in history: Industrial Revolution ► 3:32 (2009 video) (transcript).

Wed., 21 Mar. TOPIC 6.2: Looting and destruction

Trafficking antiquities, from temple to museum

Trafficking antiquities, from temple to museum ► 2:08 (2014 video) (transcript).
On ISIS destruction: human history "is permanent" ► 2:01 (2015 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 22 Mar. TOPIC 6.3: Presentation skills (II)

Present like Steve Jobs

Donald Clark: Presentations (1998-2011).
Present like Steve Jobs ► 6:54 (2008 video) (transcript).

Holy Week (26 Mar. – 1 Apr.)

Wed., 28 Mar. Holy Wednesday

Peter Paul Rubens; Anthony van Dyck: Feast in the House of Simon the Pharisee (1618-1620)

Thurs., 29 Mar. Maundy Thursday

Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper (1498)

Fri., 30 Mar. Good Friday

Meister des Rabula-Evangeliums

Week 9

Wed., 4 Apr. TOPIC 7.1: Ancient world

A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome

Assignment 7.
A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome ► 6:35 (2012 video) (transcript).

Wed., 4 Apr. TOPIC 7.2: Language

Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language

Speaking in tongues: The history of language ► 3:04 (2009 video) (transcript).

Hear the click consonants ► 2:06 and some basic greetings ► 3:01 in the Khoekhoe language.
Polyglot Alexander Argüelles gives introductory overviews on Old English ► 8:59 and Middle English ► 9:08.
Shakespeare: Original pronunciation ► 10:22.

Group presentations
(5 min each student).

Thurs., 5 Apr. TOPIC 7.3: Scientific writing

Leonardo da Pisa (Fibonacci): Liber Abaci (1202)

Chittaranjan Andrade: How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentation (2011).
IMRAD structure (2009).

Group presentations.

Week 10

Wed., 11 Apr. TOPIC 8.1: Middle Ages

Medieval manor

Assignment 8.
Medieval manor ► 7:17 (2010 video) (transcript).

Wed., 11 Apr. TOPIC 8.2: Marriage

The history of marriage

The history of marriage ► 4:45 (2014 video) (transcript).

Group presentations.

Thurs., 12 Apr. TOPIC 8.3: Meeting

How to run a meeting

How to run a meeting ►3:42 (2009 video) (transcript).

Group presentations.

Week 11

Wed., 18 Apr. TOPIC 9.1: Early modern period

Europeans explore the East

Assignment 9.
Europeans explore the East ► 5:19 (2012 video) (transcript).

Wed., 18 Apr. TOPIC 9.2: Kinship

Family and kinship

Family and kinship ► 4:15 (2009 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 19 Apr. TOPIC 9.3: Networking

Business networking

Seven tips for effective networking ► 9:24 (2009 video) (transcript).

Week 12

Wed., 25 Apr. TOPIC 10.1: Age of Revolution

The French Revolution in a nutshell

Assignment 10.
The French Revolution in a nutshell ► 2:51 (2013 video) (transcript).

Wed., 25 Apr. TOPIC 10.2: Gender

Sexuality and Gender 101

Sexuality and Gender 101 ► 7:50 (2011 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 26 Apr. TOPIC 10.3: Personal brand

Personal brand

Five easy steps to create your personal brand ► 4:11 (2013 video) (transcript).

Week 13

Wed., 2 May TOPIC 11.1: Imperialism

The White Man's Burden

Assignment 11.
Colonialism and imperialism intro ► 8:46 (2012 video) (transcript).

Wed., 2 May TOPIC 11.2: Ritual

The indigenous festivity dedicated to the dead

The indigenous festivity dedicated to the dead ► 3:22 (2009 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 3 May TOPIC 11.3: Job application

Europass: Curriculum Vitae

Europass: Curriculum Vitae (2002-2014).
How to write a great resume and cover letter ► 2:44 (2012 video) (transcript).

Week 14

Wed., 9 MayTOPIC 12.1: Contemporary societies

CNN: Obama on globalization

Assignment 12.
Obama on globalization ► 6:20 (2008 video) (transcript).

Wed., 9 May TOPIC 12.2: Religion

History of ideas: religion

History of ideas: religion ► 11:00 (2015 video) (transcript).

Thurs., 10 May TOPIC 12.3: Job interview

Job interview

Paul Michael: How to answer 23 of the most common interview questions (2007-2013) (PDF).
Interview dos and don'ts ► 4:15 (2007 video) (transcript).

Week 15

Wed., 16 May CONCLUSION

Thurs., 17 May

MATERIALS

This course emphasizes the use of the Internet as a source of content.

TranslationBooklet (75K)

For developing your speaking skills, I recommend Richard Vaughan's Translation booklet: habla inglés con fluidez (Madrid: Vaughan, 2013).

Online reference sources

Encyclopedias

Using Wikipedia for academic research ► 3:36 (2011 video).

PuntoQ

ULL Library

Monolingual English dictionaries

Collocations

Pronunciation

Synonyms

Bilingual dictionaries

Translations in context