Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION SCIENCE
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Second semester
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English, Italian

Course description

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 and legal 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.


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).


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 legal English respectively.

Module 1: Business English (Prof. Raffaella Antinucci; 48 h)
• Companies
• Leadership
• Strategies
• Pay
• Outsourcing

Module 2: Legal English (Prof. Luca Baratta; 24 h)
• The Legal Profession and the Areas of Law;
• Civil Law versus Common Law; the Language of Contract Law.
• The Language of Employment Law; the Language of the Law of Tort.

Teaching Methods

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-legal 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 (Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 7).
2) Catherine Mason, The Lawyer’s English Language Coursebook, Birtley, Global Legal English Ltd, 2016 (Units 1A/B, 3A/B, 4A, 5A).

Grammar textbook:
R. MURPHY, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press (or any other reference grammar).

Specialized English:
Business and legal articles/excerpts taken from specialized books or journals (all downloadable on the e-learning and Teams platforms).

Learning assessment

Written test and oral examination.
Written test on Moodle (25 minutes): 30 multiple choice, cloze or gap fill questions based on the grammar and vocabulary of the textbooks, including a short reading comprehension.
The pass grade for the written text is 18/30.

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.
Listening and speaking skills, pronunciation, fluency, the use of language, and reading skills are the main assessment criteria. The ability to translate specialized texts into Italian will be also assessed.

The final pass grade is 18.

More information

Teams code for the exams that will take place in October 2020: