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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070099, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 5.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination ACADEMIC ENGLISH
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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 PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Teacher in charge FIONA CLARE DALZIEL L-LIN/12

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

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

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

Start of activities 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 DALZIEL FIONA CLARE (Presidente)
CASTELLO ERIK (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to bring students to level C1+/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, focussing in particular on academic writing.
Examination methods: Final written exam (lasting three hours) or continuous assessment (for attenders) of academic writing.
Assessment criteria: Criteria based on the descriptors of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. A detailed scoring grid will be provided during the course.
Course unit contents: Basics of academic writing: structuring the discourse; argumentation; cohesion; coherence; register; academic lexis; grammatical accuracy; authorship and identity; hedging.
Genres: short reports and argumentative essays.
Spoken production: academic speaking.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Consolidation and development of writing skills with reference to the following descriptor from the European Language Portfolio (CercleS version).
C2 – Written production: "I can produce clear, smoothly-flowing, complex reports, articles or essays which present a case or elaborate an argument."
Consolidation and development of academic speaking skills.

The course consists of a blend of lessons in the classroom and groupwork. Students attending the course are expected to actively participate in all classroom activities and in online activities at home. These include groupwork and discussion with peers. An emphasis is placed on both autonomous and collaborative learning.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students should have access to an English grammar book (for example one of those those listed below). Additional materials will be provided during lessons.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Biber, Douglas; Conrad, Susan, Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Harlow: Longman, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Carter, Ronald; McCarthy, Michael, Cambridge Grammar of English: a comprehensive guide to spoken and written English grammar and usage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities