Universidad de La Laguna
rev. 2018-07-26

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. 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).

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. Telephone

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

Maundy Thursday

Thurs., 18 Apr. Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper (1498)

Good Friday

Fri., 19 Apr. Meister des Rabula-Evangeliums

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. Business networking

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

Week 12

May Day

Wed., 1 May Chicago Haymarket Affair (1886)

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 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: Curriculum Vitae

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 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).

CONCLUSION

Thurs., 23 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