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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP3051392, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0315, 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 PUBLIC SPEAKING
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English, Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARIA GRAZIA BUSA' L-LIN/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-LIN/12 English Language and Translation 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st 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: The course requires a B2-level knowledge of English.
Class attendance is mandatory.
Target skills and knowledge: Introduction to oral communication in English.
Study and pratice of the linguistic and non-linguistic elements contributing to the success of oral communication (pronunciation, listening, reading, orale presentation strategies, introduction to the comprehension of body language).
Examination methods: At the end of the course, students will have to make a presentation. Their ability to apply the presentation strategies learned in class will be evaluated.
Assessment criteria: Class attendance is mandatory. Students may skip a maximum of 10% of the total number of classes (4 hours). Student who do not attend class regularly may not take the final exam.

The final grade will be based on:
- active participation in all class activities (20%);
- homework and assignments (20%);
- a video presentation, created by the students (25%);
- a final presentation where students will have to apply the strategies learned in class (25%).
Course unit contents: The course aim is to help students improve their oral communication in English through the study, analysis and pratice of the elements contributing to successful communication. Emphasis will be given to the linguistic and non-linguistic mechanisms favoring communication effectiveness in oral interaction.
The course lectures, both theoretical and practical, will focus on: pronunciation and intonation; lexicon and idiomatic expressions of oral language; characteristics of different types of interactions (face to face, over the phone, computer-mediated, etc.); characteristics of reading aloud; strategies for public speaking; face expressions and body language.
The analysis and practice of communication will be based on the analysis of examples of spoken language produced in authentic audio and video texts.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Information will be given in class
Additional notes about suggested reading: Information will be given in class
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Barbara Pease, Allan Pease, The Definitive Book of Body Language.. New York: Bantam Books, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo