Learning English and a second modern language (ML) is a mandatory in the engineering syllabus. Students play an active role in language learning, through project-based workshops and discussion groups. They can subsequently tailor learning content to their study programme and personal or career plans.
Students must score 800 TOEIC points to graduate. They have a maximum of two school years to attain this score, otherwise they will not be authorised to begin their next school year.
Work in Year 3 (L3) focuses on preparing for the TOEIC test to ensure that a maximum number of students score 800 points as early in the year as possible. To do this, students are split into specific TOEIC groups by level. Official TOEIC tests are held every 8 sessions (i.e. after 16 hours preparation time). In 2016, 72.8% of students achieved a minimum of 800 points before the end of the first year.
Once students have passed the TOEIC test, they go on to study Business English.
The aim is to acquire a basic level of knowledge and language skills in business, including:
- preparing and running a meeting
- preparing for a job interview
- business negotiations
- basic English for communicating (telephone, emails, letters and presentations, etc.)
Projects entirely in English throughout the engineering degree programme
Students learn to use English as a proper tool, just as they will have to use it in business to carry out and complete various tasks, producing real « deliverables ».
Proposed project activities will focus on understanding (oral and written) and creativity with groups of approximately fifteen students.
Music press review
Level: Engineering degree programme Year 1
Brief: produce a radio programme
Content: produce audio files based on several weeks work, including the idea of a musical documentary, reading reviews, studying articles and music journalism vocabulary to write your own review about an artist, album, or song of your own choice, drafting, amending and improving your review adding a voice-over for the review, recording, listening-back, amending and improving, then re-recording. The programme was produced and broadcast in June 2016 on RCV (99 FM).
Making short films
Level: Engineering degree programme Year 2
Brief: produce a short film by working on a script in English as well as speaking parts. Let your imagination run wild and develop your creativity.
Content: research and design a structure for a scenario, character analysis, think about scene editing, produce a storyboard and cover all aspects of shooting a short film.
Level: Engineering degree programme Year 2
Brief: get IMT Lille Douai foreign and French students to work together to produce short video reports on international culture. Place students in an occupational and intercultural situation. Work in teams, fulfil a brief within a specified deadline, embrace different international cultures (lifestyles, trends, arts, political and social organisations, etc.).
Content: conduct documentary research, summarise your content, draft in English and perfect your pronunciation. Students have produced short reports on a wide variety of themes, such as nature reserves, the South African education system, Oktoberfest in Munich, fashion and dress codes in France and Japan, the scourge of alcohol in Russia, or the gay movement in Japan.
Beginners, or basic learners:
- Acquire, or refresh, essential linguistic and grammar knowledge
- Understand simple texts by reading or listening
- Convey simple messages orally and in writing in practical workplace-related situations
- Acquire cultural, economic, political and social knowledge related to the language
Intermediate and advanced levels:
- Understanding texts, moderate to hard spoken or written dialogue (press articles, among others)
- Develop practical oral and written communication skills for workplace situations, such as presentations, personal relations, everyday life needs, and information, etc.
Cross-cultural education forms an important part of studies at IMT Lille Douai. Aside from language proficiency, the aim is help students acquire the necessary knowledge to effectively manage international teams, while respecting cultural diversity.
Putting together and managing international teams, starts with thinking about your own culture. IMT Lille Douai introduces its students to different international cultures, to train engineers who are able to work efficiently, respect and mutually benefit from a multi-cultural context. These classes are spread across the entire general engineering syllabus.
Introduction to intercultural communication
- Basic concepts
- Definitions of culture, levels of culture
- Cultural self-awareness
- Stereotype threat
- Norms, values and behaviour
- Stumbling blocks in communication
- Perception as a cultural filter
- Non-verbal communication and communication styles
- Values in business
IMT Lille Douai Institute for Intercultural Communication and Competency (IC²)
Advanced intercultural communication classes provided by international professors specialising in a range of subject areas.
In-depth study workshops and an intercultural seminar, organised by guest speakers from the USA, Japan, Finland, Canada and France.
Workshops focus on key themes of managing international teams:
- Communicating Across Cultures: Japan, Asia and the World
- Developing Bicultural Competence for the Professional Workplace
- Sources and Consequences of Globalisation of Telecommunications and Cyberspace
- What is within affects what is without: The importance of “intra-cultural” understandings for developing “intercultural” competencies
- Building Your Intercultural Competency – Intercultural Effectiveness at Home and Abroad
- Living and Working Abroad: Professional Effectiveness and Personal Satisfaction
- Visualising Culture: Basic intercultural concepts for interpreting imagery and working across cultures