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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3 (Iniziali cognome A-L)
LEM0013488, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SU2294, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website
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 LINGUE, LETTERATURE E MEDIAZIONE CULTURALE (Ord. 2016)

Teacher in charge SARA GESUATO L-LIN/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/12 English Language and Translation 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 42 183.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 GESUATO SARA (Presidente)
1 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 GESUATO SARA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Attendance of the 2nd-year English language course.
Solid language skills and linguistic competence at the B2 level.
Target skills and knowledge: Consolidation of linguistic competence and language skills at the C1 level of the Common European Framework for Languages: development of productive skills: academic writing, monologic production.
Review of grammatical topics, acquisition of knowledge of fundamentals of English linguistics, and expansion of vocabulary.
Examination methods: The final exam consists of the following tests:

- For the grammar module: written test: recognition, explanation, application and motivation of grammatical rules: sentence completion/ transformation tasks and identification of clause constituents and clauses (see the lecture summaries and compulsory readings for examples)

- For the oral skills practice: oral test: giving a clear, well-structured 5-10-minute-long presentation on a complex topic in a field of interest to the student. Grading will be according to the CEFR C1 level descriptors for oral production, including: pronunciation, speed of delivery, length of the presentation, clarity of content, structure of the talk, interaction with examiner, register, argumentation, lexical accuracy/range and grammatical accuracy.

- For the written skills practice: students will be given weekly assignments on essay writing.

NB: A) All the components of the written exam have to be passed together. B) The grammar test is a pre-requisite of the essay-writing test. C) To sit the oral test, it is compulsory to have passed all the written tests. D) Students canNOT sit the exam unless they have already passed and registered their second-year English exam.
Assessment criteria: Accuracy, thoroughness, clarity and precision in the recognition, explanation, application and motivation of grammatical rules.

Accuracy, thoroughness, appropriacy and coherence in oral and written production
Course unit contents: Course content:
1. Grammar module (Prof. Gesuato; 2nd semester): an in-depth analysis of the English clause and sentence. Specific topics to be covered include: types of clause constituents; order of constituents; types of clauses and sentences; information flow.

2. Written skills practice (Teaching assistant – 1st or 2nd semester):
This modules deals with how to write argumentative essays in academic English. It focuses on such topics as text structure, punctuation, sequencing of paragraphs, references, in-text citation, register choices, paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism, the importance of argumentation, and contrastive grammar.

3. Oral skills practice (Language expert – 1st & 2nd semesters)
Practice in structuring and delivering presentations on complex subjects in a field of interest to the student. The student will learn to: express her-/himself fluently and appropriately; to use language flexibly and effectively; to formulate ideas with precision; expand and support points of view with appropriate reasons and examples; to argue a formal position convincingly; to present clear, detailed descriptions themes and sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion; to respond to questions and comments with complex lines of counter argument fluently. Possible topics addressed: Cultural identity (family; health and nutrition; belief; gender; lifestyle; money); civic-mindedness (citizenship; law and authority; the EU); Skills (learning; language; self-knowledge); the environment ( preservation & green energy)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures (with the professor); practice sessions (with the language experts)
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes (for attenders)

Resources made available on Moodle

Materials prepared by the CELs for attending and non-attending students

A monolingual English dictionary for advanced learners (e.g. Oxford, MacMillan, Cambridge International, Cobuild; compulsory)

An Italian-English bilingual dictionary (e.g. Hoepli, Zanichelli; compulsory)

Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M. Verspoor e K. Sauter, English sentence analysis. An introductory course. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2000. compulsory(or a later edition) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Coles R., A companion to grammar and information structure.. Urbino: Quattroventi, 2010. obbligatorio (capp. da specificare) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Oshima A., Hogue A., Writing academic English, Level 4 (fourth edition). London: Longman, 2006. obbligatorio Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Portfolio

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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