The module aims to develop students’ communicative competence in English in diverse working environments. Students will be able to understand different kinds of texts and interact correctly at an intermediate (B2) level. The specific educational objectives are fixed on the recommendations of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Particular emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of language structures and specialized vocabulary (business-tourism English), with the aim of providing students with the necessary tools to understand and study a variety of texts relevant to their degree course. The module is also aimed to enhance students’ awareness of the deep interconnection between language and culture, and provide them with self-study language learning strategies.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:
Students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge of the main morpho-syntactic structures of English and of some areas of English business and tourism vocabulary.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
Students are expected to be able to apply the main English morpho-syntactic structures and understand a text on economic and touristic matters.
Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to choose the most appropriate register to be used in the situational context proposed by the instructor.
Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate in English in a clear and appropriate way in specific professional contexts.
Students are expected to demonstrate a good capacity of learning independently and using appropriately communicative functions, also practicing with the supplementary materials uploaded on the e-learning platform.
Knowledge of the English language at a pre-intermediate level (A2/B1), which includes the following grammar points: phonetics and phonology, common and proper nouns, adjectives, definite and indefinite articles, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, possessives, numerals, subject and object personal pronouns, interrogative pronouns, time and place prepositions, present tenses (Simple Present, Present Continuous), auxiliary verbs, interrogative and negative forms, modals (can/can’t).
Module 1: Business English (36 h)
- Companies (present tenses)
- Leadership (the use of articles)
- Strategies (future tenses)
- Pay (past tenses)
- Outsourcing (if-clauses)
Module 2 2: Tourism English (36 h)
- Tourism Today (the use of verb tenses)
- Hotel Management (comparatives and superlatives)
- Built Attractions
- Careers in Tourism and Hospitality (modal verbs)
Fundamentals of English phonetics, grammar, syntax, common and specialized vocabulary through listening/reading comprehension and speaking exercises on topics related to the degree courses. Introduction to British culture and civilization.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the following grammar topics: comparatives and superlatives; present tenses; past tenses; future tenses; use of verb tenses; modals (must, may, might, should, could, have to); if-clauses; relative clauses.
The course is structured into two modules, focusing on business and tourism English respectively.
The lectures and classes will be primarily aimed at developing students’ ability to decode a variety of specialized texts in English, and their acquisition of basic economic-tourism vocabulary. Special emphasis will be placed on oral communication. Besides the lectures and the optional lab activities, students can practise and consolidate their language skills on the dedicated section on the Moodle e-learning platform.
Selected parts/units of the following textbooks will be used in the classes and assessed in the exam:
1) Tonya Trappe, Graham Tullis, Intelligent Business – Intermediate Coursebook, Pearson Longman, 2012
2) Hans Mol, English for Tourism and Hospitality, Garnet, 2008
3) R. Walker, K. Harding, Oxford English for Careers: Tourism 3, OUP, 2009
R. MURPHY, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press (or any other reference grammar)
Business and tourism articles/excerpts taken from specialized books or journals (all downloadable on the website, on the lecturer’s page). A detailed list of resources will be provided at the end of the course.
Written test (1 hour): 35 multiple choice, cloze or gap fill questions based on the grammar and vocabulary of the textbooks, including a short reading comprehension.
Oral examination (2 parts)
Part 1: discussion of one or more articles taken from the textbooks and listed in the detailed course syllabus: comprehension, comments, and opinions.
Part 2: reading and translation of one or more specialized articles listed in the detailed course syllabus and downloadable from the University website.