Universidad de La Laguna
rev. 2018-09-21

Técnicas de expresión en un idioma moderno
Historia (2018-2019)

unit 1 unit 2 unit 3 unit 4 unit 5 unit 6 unit 7 unit 8 unit 9 unit 10 unit 11 unit 12

Week 1

PROLOGUE 0.1
English for historians

Wed., 6 Feb.

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)

PROLOGUE 0.2
Language learning

Wed., 6 Feb. 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).

PROLOGUE 0.3
Quantity and quality

Thurs., 7 Feb. 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

TOPIC 1.1
Planet earth

Wed., 13 Feb. Why earth science?

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

TOPIC 1.2
Human evolution

Wed., 13 Feb. Where and when did humans evolve?

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

TOPIC 1.3
Professional communication

Thurs., 14 Feb. Principles of communication

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

Week 3

TOPIC 2.1
Terrestrial surface

Wed., 20 Feb. Exploring landforms and bodies of water for kids

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

TOPIC 2.2
Discovery

Wed., 20 Feb. The Terracotta Warriors

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

TOPIC 2.3
Commercial correspondence

Thurs., 21 Feb. 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).

Introducing oneself in public.

Week 4

TOPIC 3.1
Climate

Wed., 27 Feb. Basics of geography: Climate

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

TOPIC 3.2
Excavation

Wed., 27 Feb. 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).

TOPIC 3.3
Email etiquette

Thurs., 28 Feb. The dos and don'ts of e-mail 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).

Week 5

Ash Wednesday

Wed., 6 Mar. Carnaval 2019

REVIEW

Wed., 6 Mar.

REVIEW

Thurs., 7 Mar. One-minute talks: from the videos.

Week 6

TOPIC 4.1
Population

Wed., 13 Mar. 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).

TOPIC 4.2
Underwater archaeology

Wed., 13 Mar. Underwater archaeology

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

TOPIC 4.3
Telephoning

Thurs., 14 Mar. Phone etiquette training

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

Week 7

TOPIC 5.1
Agriculture

Wed., 20 Mar. Why was agriculture so important?

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

TOPIC 5.2
Dating the past

Wed., 20 Mar. How does radiocarbon dating work?

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

TOPIC 5.3
Presentation skills (I)

Thurs., 21 Mar. 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

TOPIC 6.1
Industry

Wed., 27 Mar. Turning points in history: Industrial Revolution

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

TOPIC 6.2
Looting and destruction

Wed., 27 Mar. 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).

TOPIC 6.3
Presentation skills (II)

Thurs., 28 Mar. Present like Steve Jobs

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

Week 9

TOPIC 7.1
Ancient world

Wed., 3 Apr. A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome

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

TOPIC 7.2
Language

Wed., 3 Apr. 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).

TOPIC 7.3
Scientific writing

Thurs., 4 Apr. 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

TOPIC 8.1
Middle Ages

Wed., 10 Apr. Medieval manor

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

TOPIC 8.2
Marriage

Wed., 10 Apr. The history of marriage

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

Group presentations.

TOPIC 8.3
Meeting

Thurs., 11 Apr. How to run a meeting

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

Group presentations.

Holy Week (15 – 21 Apr.)

Holy Wednesday

Wed., 17 Apr. HolyWednesday (33K)

Maundy Thursday

Thurs., 18 Apr. MaundyThursday (30K)

Good Friday

Fri., 19 Apr. GoodFriday (52K)

Week 11

TOPIC 9.1
Early modern period

Wed., 24 Apr. Europeans explore the East

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

TOPIC 9.2
Kinship

Wed., 24 Apr. Family and kinship

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

TOPIC 9.3
Networking

Thurs., 25 Apr. Seven tips for effective networking

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

Week 12

HOLIDAY
May Day

Wed., 1 May MayDay (40K)

TOPIC 10.1
Age of Revolution

Thurs., 2 May The French Revolution in a nutshell

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

TOPIC 10.2
Gender

Thurs., 2 May Sexuality and Gender 101

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

Week 13

TOPIC 10.3
Personal brand

Wed., 8 May Five easy steps to create your personal brand

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

TOPIC 11.1
Imperialism

Thurs., 9 May The White Man's Burden

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

TOPIC 11.2
Ritual

Thurs., 9 May The indigenous festivity dedicated to the dead

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

Week 14

TOPIC 11.3
Job application

Wed., 15 May Europass

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

TOPIC 12.1
Contemporary societies

Thurs., 16 May CNN: Obama on globalization

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

TOPIC 12.2
Religion

Thurs., 16 May History of ideas: religion

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

Week 15

TOPIC 12.3
Job interview

Wed., 22 May Interview dos and don'ts

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).

CONCLUSION

Thurs., 23 May