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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SP04105176, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1428, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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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 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 GOVERNMENT SCIENCES AND PUBLIC POLICIES

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
Other -- -- 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 25/09/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Target skills and knowledge: Through the course students will develop the ability to:
• understand the main ideas of complex texts on topics related to their field of study
• analyse the use of language in political texts and media using strategies from Critical Discourse Analysis
• produce different genres of texts in English on topics related to their studies,
• interact comfortably in English and demonstrate intercultural communicative competence and awareness
Examination methods: The exam has 3 parts:
1. reading and listening comprehension (TALB2 Listening and reading)
2. a written exam (analysis of news article and short essay on one of the topics in the course reader)
3. oral exam (conversation with CEL based on texts in the course reader).

Students who attend the course (80% attendance) will have the opportunity to do continuous assessment.
Assessment criteria: Exam texts will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Understanding of the text and the questions
Lexical and syntactic variety
Quality of analysis of the text

Further information on evaluation criteria will be published in Moodle.
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 and information, analysis of different sources of information, collaborating in the planning and writing of a report or blog
. class discussions
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, discussions and carrying out written and multimedia assignments,
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