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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE17105165, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0313, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in COMMUNICATION

Teacher in charge RICCARDO CRESTANI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses L-LIN/12 English Language and Translation 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: B1 level (CEFR).
Target skills and knowledge: This course aims to enhance students' English language skills, and particularly in relation to the curricular subjects.
The focus is on reading comprehension. The course deals with various aspects of English for communication, as exemplified through different mass media genres. Particular emphasis is placed on the language of the news.
Examination methods: FINAL GRADE:
Students can choose between two options:
STUDENTS WHO ATTEND CLASSES REGULARLY will obtain a grade based on:
- active participation in all class activities;
- homework and assignments;
- blog maintainance;
- a final exam on the subjects presented in class (pronunciation, lexicon, general issues) and the texts indicated in the references.
The grade will be based on a written exam similar to that of attending students. More information on the type of exam will be added to the Moodle page of the course of the AA 2016/17.
Course unit contents: The course consists of 4 parts.
The central part deals with news texts and will focus on the comprehension of English oral and written texts. Basic news text structures and lexical and syntactic categories will also be analysed.
The second part aims to improve students' listening skills, and will require students to listen to oral texts from different mass media genres in English.
The third part will focus on the discussion of various topics on a personal blog. The students, divided in groups, will have to maintain a blog which they will use for discussing and summarizing the topics introduced in class, propose new topics, and comment on the fellow students' blogs.
The fourth part will focus on students' oral communication skills.

More information will be available on the Moodle page of the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Text in the reference section
Class lecture notes and material delivered using the class blog

Additional material will be available on Moodle
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M.G. Busà, Introducing the language of the news. A student's Guide. London & New York: Routledge, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • N. Ceramella and E. Lee, Cambridge English for the Media. Cambridge: CUP, 2008. ISBN: 9780521724579