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Course unit
LE08105196, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SU2294, 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
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1
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 LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURAL COMMUNICATION (Ord. 2018)

Teacher in charge FIONA CLARE DALZIEL L-LIN/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic 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: B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Target skills and knowledge: Metalinguistic knowledge about the English language, in particular the noun phrase; awareness of linguistic features of selected registers of contemporary English; awareness of some key aspects of English pronunciation and the relationship between English orthography and phonology.
Level B2+ language skills, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe).
Focus on metalinguistic competence and the development of strategies for language learning.
Examination methods: One written and one oral exam.

There are 2 parts to the written exam:
Part A. "Introduction to Academic Language Skills" (Prof.ssa Katherine Ackerley):
1. Short answer and multiple choice questions based on course content
2. Written text based on the features of one of the registers studied in the course
Part B. "General English" (Collaboratori ed esperti linguistici)
1. Lexicogrammatical test with multiple choice/fill-in-the-blank items
2. Listening report (candidates write a text based on an audio file)

Oral exam:
Spoken interaction with a fellow student on a topic selected from those dealt with in the General English part of the course.
The complete list of topics can be found in Moodle.
Assessment criteria: Part A
1. Short answer questions
You will be assessed on your knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course.
2. Writing
Students will be tested on their ability to write a brief report to a standard conventionalized format, which passes on factual information and/or opinions. In particular you will be assessed on:
- Accuracy of language;
- Use of appropriate register (i.e. grammar, lexis and phraseology);
- Cohesion and organisation of text;
- Meaning transfer;
- Task fulfilment.

Part B
- lexicogrammatical competence;
- listening and writing ability at B2+ level. This includes the ability to:
understand the main elements and details of radio items and recorded audio;
write straightforward texts and simple essays/reports;
summarize, report and give an opinion about factual information/material heard in an audio file.

Oral exam
Candidates should be able to:
take an active part in discussions on the topics dealt with in the General English lessons, accounting for and sustaining their views;
interact with fluency and spontaneity and use an appropriate register;
initiate discourse and take their turn when appropriate;
demonstrate a high degree of grammatical control, avoiding errors which cause misunderstanding.
Course unit contents: Part A. “Introduction to Academic Language Skills” (II semester – Prof.ssa Katherine Ackerley)
The course aims to do the following:
develop students’ ability to describe and use the Noun Phrase in English;
give students the notions and tools necessary to recognise and use various registers and genres;
help students develop their written skills, in particular formal report writing;
develop students' knowledge of the fundamentals of English pronunciation and to develop awareness of their own pronunciation.
During the course, the students will also have the opportunity to produce written texts and audio files using Moodle and other appropriate software. There will also be a focus on use of a monolingual learner dictionary and of linguistic corpora for lexicogrammatical searches.

Part B. "General English" (semesters I and II - Collaboratori ed Esperti Linguistici).
In the classroom there will be a focus on general language skills at B2+ level. Students will use online resources to develop their listening comprehension and writing skills. Use will be made of Moodle and University Language Centre resources.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The two parts of the course (A & B) consist of a blend of lessons in the classroom, language lab and self-study. For Part A there will be a combination of lectures and group activities, while Part B is more predominantly based on groupwork. Students attending the course are expected to actively participate in all classroom and lab activities which include groupwork and discussion with peers. These activities may be carried out both face-to-face and via software for audio- and text-based computer-mediated communication.
Students will use a range of materials including textbooks, authentic online resources, a reference grammar, learner dictionaries and the European Language Portfolio. Students will also gain hands-on experience of using linguistic corpora through concordancing software.
An emphasis is placed on both autonomous and collaborative learning.
Lessons will be taught in English.
There will be a "pre-course test" at the end of September/beginning of October to establish the initial level of English of all students on the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Part A
Materials will be provided by the lecturers during the course and will be made available online. Students are required to download materials before lessons and bring them to class.
Slides will be put online after each lecture.
All students should obtain a copy of the reference grammar and ONE of the learner dictionaries listed below.
Part B
Details of textbooks to be used for General English will be given by the CEL at the beginning of the course (October).

The European Language Portfolio (Cercles version) will be available online.

Students who, for valid reaons, are unable to attend lessons should contact the lecturers (Katherine Ackerley) and a Collaboratore ed Esperto Linguistico (CEL) AT THE BEGINNING OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR. They will be given access to the online area where they can obtain materials and course info, as well as view and participate in online activity for the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Biber, D., Conrad, S., Leech, G., Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. --: Pearson, --. Si farà riferimento a questo testo in Parte A del corso. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Falinski, Jozef, Exploring the English Noun Phrase. Padova: Cleup, 2011. Si utilizzerà questo testo in Parte A del corso. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. --: Longman, --. Gli studenti devono avere accesso ad UNO dei 'learner dictionary' elencati qui. Vanno bene anche le versioni online. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners. --: Macmillan, --. Gli studenti devono avere accesso ad UNO dei 'learner dictionary' elencati qui. Vanno bene anche le versioni online. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. --: Oxford University Press, --. Gli studenti devono avere accesso ad UNO dei 'learner dictionary' elencati qui. Vanno bene anche le versioni online. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. --: Cambridge University Press, --. Gli studenti devono avere accesso ad UNO dei 'learner dictionary' elencati qui. Vanno bene anche le versioni online. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vince, M., Macmillan English Grammar in Context - Advanced.. --: Macmillan, --. Questo testo è consigliato per auto-apprendimento.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Students peer review
  • Learning journal
  • Reflective writing

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

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