First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
degree courses
Single cycle
degree courses
School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SP04105176, A.A. 2015/16

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2014/15

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1426, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2015/16
bring this page
with you
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ADVANCED ENGLISH
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can 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 FRANCESCA HELM L-LIN/12

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

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/03/2016
End of activities 11/06/2016
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Students should be at least at B1/B2 level of English.
Target skills and knowledge: Through the course students will develop the ability to:
• develop an understanding of the development of English as a so-called 'lingua franca'
• understand the main ideas of complex texts on topics related to international politics and diplomacy;
• analyse the use of language in political and journalistic texts using strategies from Critical Discourse Analysis
• produce different genres of texts in English on topics related to their studies, explain a point of view, present advantages and disadvantages, provide examples and cite sources;
• interact confortably in English and demonstrate intercultural communicative competence and awareness
Examination methods: Before taking the exam students should have passed at least the receptive part of the TAL B2 test or an international certification. Students can take this test during their last year of their 3-year degree or in the first year of the 'magistrale'.

The exam consists in a 90-minute written exam based on the text Views in the News. Students will have to analyse a news article using the techniques learnt through the text.

Students who attend the course will have 50% of their final mark based on class activities and assessments, and 50% based on a final written test based on the course content.
Assessment criteria: The criteria for the TAL B2 test are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for langauges for B2 level.
Course unit contents: The course is organised around the following activities:
•analysis and production of written and oral texts of a variety of genres, related to the topics of study
• lexical, semantic and morphosyntactic analysis and study or the sociocultural aspects of the texts;
• searching for and gathering data, planning and writing different types of texts in English (cv and cover letter, report, summary, blog).


There is also the oppportunity for students to follow alternative programmes which are carried out online. These projects consist of 'virtual exchanges' where students engage in online intercultural dialogue through a video conferencing platform with students from universities in other parts of the world. These projects are the Connect Program, run by Soliya ( and Europe on the Edge, run by the Sharing Perspectives Foundation (
There will be a meeting about these projects at the end of August 2015.

Students interested in participating in these projects should send an email to
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During the course students will be presented with tools and strategies for the critical and linguistic analysis of texts. Some of the lessons will be dedicated to the study of different genres of texts presented across different modes - written, oral and multimodal. We will look at political speeches, reports, academic texts, news and magazine articles, websites and blogs.
Some lessons may be held in the computer lab.
Students are asked to participate actively in lessons with presentations, debates and carrying out written and multimedia assignments, including blog writing.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Further material will be made available during the course through Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Clark, Caroline, Views in the News. Milano:: LED Edizioni,, 2006. L'esame per non-frequentanti si base su questo testo. Non obbligatorio per frequentanti, verrà utilizzato insieme ad altri testi e risorse. Cerca nel catalogo