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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SPM0013210, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SP1419, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Teacher in charge CRISTINA RICHIERI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0
Language/Final exam NN Undefined/Interdisciplinary 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 RICHIERI CRISTINA (Presidente)
RIVA CLAUDIO (Membro Effettivo)
8 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PAVAN ELISABETTA (Presidente)
CREEK HILARY ANNE (Membro Effettivo)
TENCA EMANUELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: English Language at a B1 level(cfr QCER B1)

Requirements: the TAL-B1 test is not requested in order to take this exam.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to develop the student's language competency especially in terms of reading, understanding, explaning and engaging in a discussion of different kinds of texts. Students are asked to analyze, discuss and summarize different kinds of texts to prove they have reached the B1+ (QCER) level of English.
Examination methods: The exam consists of a written test and an oral test. The written test lasts 60 minutes and it focuses general linguistic aspects and the language of the discipline. The written test includes the comprehension of written texts, and grammatical-lexical exercises (types of exercises: multiple-choice questions, completion, true / false, translation, grid). The oral exam consists of the presentation of a personal paper. The students will also take an intermediate test which will consist of a short written composition.
The use of bilingual or monolingual dictionaries during the tests is not permitted.
Assessment criteria: Grammar correctness and use of the language at an academic level.
Wide range of structures and lexis.
Knowledge of the topics developed during the course.
Course unit contents: The course aims to develop the following knowledge and competencies, both in writing and speaking:
- language (study of more complex syntax structures and lexis)
- intercultural competencies
- socio-cultural competencies
- reading comprehension and oral discussions
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of lectures, group discussions, individual and/or group work, reading/listening and commenting texts both in class and on Moodle. For this reason students should check the Moodle page of the course quite frequently and do the activites uploaded onto the dedicated spaces.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the students must have a learner's advanced dictionary.
Suggested dictionaries:

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary
Macmillan English Dictionary for advanced learners
Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary
Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English (which focuses exclusively on academic English)

Students are furthermore requested to use a good grammar. They can use what they used at highschool or choose amomg the following grammars:

• Eastwood, John. Oxford Practice Grammar. Intermediate, 2006. Oxford: Oxford University Press
• Eastwood, John. Oxford Practice Grammar. Advanced, 2006. Oxford: Oxford University Press
• Vince, Michael, Macmillan English Grammar in context. Advanced. Oxford: Macmillan, 2008
• Vince, Michael, First Certificate Language Practice. Oxford: Macmillan, 2003

In addition to the texts at the bottom of this page, other texts will need to be studied for the exam. They will be available on Moodle together with some useful links and other material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Christina Latham-Koenig & Clive Oxenden, English File Digital Intermediate, third edition (workbook with keys). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. workbook with keys
  • Bob Dignen, Communicating Across Cultures. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Concept maps
  • Flipped classroom
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal
  • Reflective writing
  • Portfolio

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

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