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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP3051971, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0613, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary 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 EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Teacher in charge ERIK CASTELLO 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 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Prerequisites: Solid linguistic competence and language skills at the C1 level.
Target skills and knowledge: 1) Introduction to corpus linguistics. In-depth study of some areas of English grammar. Lexical and grammatical analyses of corpora of various genres and registers (with Prof. Castello).
2) Consolidation of academic writing skills (with Dr. Davies) and oral production skills (with Dr. Han).
Examination methods: 1) Written exam: students will have to answer questions about course content and write a short text about the analysis of corpora.
2) Academic writing test and oral skills test. Attending students can opt for continuous assessment.
Assessment criteria: 1) For corpus analysis: accuracy, completeness and precision. For written production: register appropriateness; clarity of exposition. Attending students can opt for continuous assessment covering part of the contents of the exam.
2) For the academic writing part: grammatical correctness; critical understanding and writing according to the requeirements of academic English. For the oral exam: accuracy, fluency, vocabulary range.
Course unit contents: 1) The frontal lectures will introduce the students to corpus linguistics and to the use of specific software for constructing and analysing corpora. They will also explore some aspects of English grammar and lexico-grammar. Students will carry out their own analyses of general corpora and of corpora collecting various types of texts (mainly literary texts and texts concerning environmental issues).
2) Academic English text writing and oral skills practice.

For both parts the platform Moodle will be used.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 1) Part of the frontal lectures will take place in class and others in a lab. During the lectures in the lab, students will use software for constructing and analysing corpora.
2) Individual and collaborative learning activities in the lab and on-line.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Course material comprises lecture notes, and texts and resources made available during the course (photocopies, Moodle material). During the lessons in the lab, students will have access to software for constructing and analysing corpora.
An advanced learner's monolingual English dictionary, a bilingual English-Italian dictionary.
Further bibliographical references will be provided during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Michael Swan, Practical English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lindquist, Hans, Corpus linguistics and the description of English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Carter, Ronald; McCarthy, Michael, Cambridge grammar of English: a comprehensive guide spoken and written English grammar and usage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • McEnery, Tony; Hardie, Andrew, Corpus linguistics: method, theory and practice. Cambridge: New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Reflective writing

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

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