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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6074737, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 5.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH FOR PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES


Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Language/Final exam NN Undefined/Interdisciplinary 5.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 5.0 35 90.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 12/01/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: An introductory-intermediate knowledge of the English language equal to the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which is the level attained after at least 5 years of secondary-high school education or the completion of a 250 hour course in any other specialized school or institution, is highly recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: The present course aims at providing psychology students with the specific linguistic competences that are necessary to comprehend and produce written and spoken texts by using structures pertaining to psychological ESP (English for Specific Purposes). The course activity aims at preparing students to work in a group on a specific project in the field of psychology while using English as the exclusive working and communicative language. For this reason, special attention will be paid to the lexical, syntactic, pragmatic and rhetorical aspects of psychology and academic English.
Examination methods: The final exam will be completed online at the University of Padua and will include various theoretical questions and exercises based on the content of the lesson videos and each week’s proposed exercises. More information on this will be provided in the course page on the moodle platform. The final evaluation will be „passed“ or „not passed“.
Assessment criteria: The exam is rewarded with a „passed“ evaluation if the student reaches a final score of 60/100 or higher, to which the student’s attendance (participation in the course activity) will contribute. Language certificates of a B2 or higher level will not exempt students from taking the exam but will be taken into consideration in case of a result that is between „passed“ and „not passed“ based on the teacher’s discretion.
Course unit contents: The course is based on specific lessons explaining the vocabulary and grammar that are most commonly used in academic and psychology English as well as on skills concerning the reading, analysis and comprehension of psychological texts in English. Each lesson will present one video on the topic of the module and the skills that are necessary to work with related texts, as well as forums and exercises with the aim of consolidating the notions acquired during the lesson. The course activity, which is to be completed in order to be considered an attending student, will be completely in English and based on the writing and elaboration of a psychological text or article by groups that will be established at the beginning of the course. More information will provided on the course page of the psynet moodle platform.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Every week one new module with one video lesson in English will be uploaded and will deal with the main topic of the module in order to enrich the students‘ vocabulary, morphological skills and written and oral comprehension and production of specific texts pertaining to the psychological field. Psychology and academic English in written and spoken communication contexts will also be discussed.
Elective exercises of different sorts (comprehension, grammar exercises, quizzes, short written texts) will be uploaded and aimed towards the students‘ preparation on the lessons‘ content in preparation for the final exam. The course activities will be supervised and guided by the teacher and will have to be executed within the groups by the deadlines specified at the beginning of the course. Students participating in the workshop will be rewarded 10/100, or 15/100 if the final result is of excellent quality, which will be added to the student’s test result.
Specific forums for course announcements, questions on English language and grammar, extra resources and discussions on the module will be proposed, along with articles on the module’s topics. Students, especially those who have already studied English, are strongly encouraged to partecipate by writing in the forums in English. Further material and instructions will be provided during the course on the psynet moodle platform
Additional notes about suggested reading: Main textbook
Short J. (2011). English for Psychology in Higher Education Studies (English for Specific Academic Purposes), Student’s book. Garnet Education, Reading, 132 pages, 2 CD.
Further material will be provided during the course.

Further suggested material (not manditory)
Abbamonte, L., Petillo, O. (2015). Englishes for the Sciences of the Mind: Neuroscience/s, Cognitive, Linguistic and Social Studies. Apogeo Education, Santarcangelo di Romagna.
Bowles, H. (1994). English for Psychology. Zanichelli Editore s.p.a., Bologna.
Zanforlin, N. W., Swain, E. (1989). Reading Psychology in English. CEDAM, Padova.

Basic grammar and academic English manuals (not manditory)
Hird, J. (2010). The Complete English Grammar for Italian Students (A2-B2), Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Foley, M. and Hall, D. (2012). MyGrammarLab Intermediate B1/B2. Pearson, Essex.
Swan, M. (2016). Practical English Usage (B1+), Oxford University Press, Oxford.
De Chazal, E. and Rogers, L. (2013). Oxford EAP: a course in English for Academic Purposes (B1+), Oxford University Press, Oxford or Hewings, M. and McCarthy, M. (2012). Cambridge Academic English (Upper Intermediate), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Paterson, K. and Wedge, R. (2013). Oxford Grammar for EAP, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jane Short, English for Psychology in Higher Education Studies (English for Specific Academic Purposes), Student's Book. Reading: Garnet Education, 2011. 132 pagine, 2 CD Cerca nel catalogo