The course 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 (business) vocabulary, with the aim of providing students with the necessary tools to understand and study a variety of texts. 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 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 financial 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).
Fundamentals of English phonetics, grammar, syntax, common and specialized vocabulary through listening/reading comprehension and speaking exercises on topics related to the degree course. In particular, vocabulary pertaining to the following semantic areas: personality, travel, work, languages, advertisement, business, design, and education. 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 main modules, of 35 h each, both focused on the study of grammar and specialized vocabulary (business English), plus 2 h for assessment.
Classes will be primarily aimed at developing students’ ability to decode a variety of specialized texts in English, and their acquisition of basic business English vocabulary. Special emphasis will be placed on oral communication.
COTTON, FALVEY, KENT, New Language Leader (Intermediate), Longman (essential)
R. MURPHY, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press (or any other reference grammar)
Written test (1 hour): 35 multiple choice, cloze or gap fill questions based on the grammar and vocabulary of the first 8 units of New Language Leader.
Oral examination (2 parts)
Part 1: discussion of one or more articles of general English taken from Language Leader and listed in the detailed course syllabus.
Part 2: reading and translation of one or more specialized articles (chosen by the teacher in the moment of the exam, among those listed in the detailed program and downloadable from the website).
Oral assessment will focus both on oral comprehension and production, and written comprehension.
Office hours are to be arranged by appointment