ENGLISH LANGUAGE, LINGUISTICS AND TRANSLATION 1

Second cycle degree in EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: SARA GESUATO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 9


Syllabus
Prerequisites: A) Solid linguistic competence and language skills at the C1 level. B) A pass mark on the TAL test. C) Motivation: active interest in communication practices
Examination methods: [PRE-REQUISITE: 1) TAL-C1 (reading, listening, writing)]

WRITTEN TEST:
2a) composition of a short text realizing a compliment or a complaint
2b) functional analysis of a short text realizing an compliment or a complaint.
2c) written translation test into English

ORAL TEST:
3a) oral test on the grammatical and discursive characteristics of English and Italian
3b) dialogic exchanges oriented toward the realization of, and reaction to, compliments and complaints
3c) in addition, FOR NON-ATTENDERS ONLY: critical discussion of the content of two reading assignments relevant to the course topics, previously agreed upon with the lecturer

NB: I) obtaining a pass mark on the TAL-C1 is a pre-requisite for sitting the written test; II) obtaining a pass mark on the written test is a pre-requisite for sitting the oral test.
Course unit contents: 1) The course will introduce students to basic concepts in pragmatics as relevant to speech acts (face, politeness, moves, contextual variables). Students will analyse in detail the structure, content and contextual appropriateness of compliments and complaints from a pragmatic perspective. Course participants will be given extensive practice in the production of oral/dialogic and written/monologic speech acts.
2) Translation practice (into English) of texts on historical events, and oral production practice with a focus on cohesion and argumentation in both speech and writing