Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2018/2019
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION SCIENCE
Location: 
Napoli
Disciplinary sector: 
LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH (L-LIN/12)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
1
Teachers: 
BEDFORD Adrian
Cycle: 
First Semester
Hours of front activity: 
72

Language

ENGLISH AND ITALIAN

Course description

The course aims to deepen knowledge of legal language in English with particular reference to the type of language typical of the workplace such as contracts and communications between companies and/or their legal representatives and requires a fair linguistic preparation (level A2/B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), as all lessons will be held mainly in English, with clarification in Italian as and when required.
At the end of the course there is a written test in English on the topics covered during the lessons.

Expected learning results, in accordance with the Dublin descriptors:

At the end of the course, the student should demonstrate the acquisition of the following knowledge, ability and skills:

Knowledge and understanding: ability to apply knowledge and understanding through the acquisition of the specific language skills and linguistic, legal and cultural knowledge necessary to be able to consult and comment on original legal texts in English as well as mastery of basic English legal terminology and deepening of terminological knowledge in the various areas covered by the programme.

Autonomy of judgment: the student will be able to consult and understand texts of a legal nature, especially in the field of work, in English of medium difficulty.

Communicative skills: through grammar study in the classroom including exercise with the teacher and in pairs, students will be able to express themselves in English on topics related to everyday life situations. The course will allow the acquisition of the mastery of technical language and terminology.The development of communication skills will be fostered through discussion in the classroom and participation in written and oral exercises.

Lifelong learning skills: by the end of the course the student will have acquired the ability to learn not only everyday English but also to understand texts of a legal nature, such as contracts and professional communications.

Prerequisites

To understand the contents of the lessons and achieve the educational objectives of the course, the student should have an initial knowledge level of at least A2 according to the CEF for language ability.

Syllabus

Introduction to the course. Entry test to assess the current level of the students and show them the level expected for the course.
1. Introduction to the Common Law. Key characteristics: points of similarity and contrast with Civil Law orders. Some historical references and key documents.
2. Types of companies in common law systems. Choosing the right type of company. Setting up a company. Company liability. Related case studies in English.
3. Employing people in common law countries. Employment contracts. Amendments to contracts. Letter of resignation. Related case studies in English.
4. Buying and sale of goods. Preambles. Agreements and contracts of sale. Contractual disputes. Common terms and conditions. Related case studies in English.
5. Intellectual property rights protection. Copyright, patent, trade mark. Related case studies in English: an IP agreement. IP rights on the Internet.
6. Mergers and acquisitions. Planning an acquisition. M&A procedure. Articles of Association. Financing for a takeover. Letters of intent. Related case studies in English.

Introduction to the course. Entry test to assess the current level of the students and show them the level expected for the course.
Legal English part (33 hours)
1. Introduction to the Common Law.
2. Types of companies in common law systems. Related case studies in English.
3. Employing people in common law countries. Related case studies in English.
4. Buying and sale of goods. Related case studies in English.
5. Intellectual property rights protection. Related case studies.
6. Mergers and acquisitions. Related case studies in English.
ENGLISH GRAMMAR (39 hours)
1. word order in question forms
2. The present perfect
3. The present continuous
4. The past simple regular and irregular verbs
5. The past continuous
6. Time sequencers and predictions (be going to for future plans and predictions)
7. present continuous for future arrangements
8. defining relative clauses
9. present perfect + yet, just, already
10. present perfect and past simple
11. something, anything, nothing, ecc.
12. ccomparatives (adjectives and adverbs)
13. superlatives (with ever and present perfect)
14. quantifiers
15. the future with will/won't
16. the future with will for prediction
17. the infinitive of purpose
18. the gerund
19. verbs of obligation
20 modal auxiliaries
21. possessive
22. conditionals
23. passives
24. indirect speech

Teaching Methods

Lectures supported by text books plus materials available on the e-learning platform

Textbooks

1) Express series: English for Legal Professionals
A Short, Specialist English Course
di Andrew Frost   
Published by: Oxford University Press;
Date of publication: 10/2009;
Country of origin: United Kingdom
EAN: 9780194579155; ISBN: 0194579158

2) English File Pre-intermediate;
Editore: Oxford University Press; 3rd edition (1 January 2012)
Collana: English File third edition;
ISBN-10: 0194598683
ISBN-13: 978-0194598682

Learning assessment

1. Number of tests for assessment: 1
2. Objective of the test: 1) To evaluate the student's ability to understand English texts on subjects that
concern the legal sphere and in particular those dealt with in the prescribed textbook.
3. Methods of administration (written, oral, practical): written in two parts: legal and grammatical.
4. Timing: 45 minutes each side
5. Duration: about 90 minutes in total
6. Type: multiple choice/true-false responses
7. Conclusive measurement of the examination test: mark expressed in thirtieths. 18/30 is sufficient to pass.

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