The primary aim of the course is to provide students with the fundamental language tools necessary to comprehend and produce written and oral texts to be exploited in academic and professional ambits. Students will need to demonstrate that they are able to understand specialist texts at an intermediate level, and to employ appropriate language forms and registers when communicating in their future professional environment. The course learning objectives have been established on the basis of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (B1+ level). The end objective of the course is to enable students to become autonomous learners, able to comprehend, re-elaborate and produce written/oral texts pertaining to their field of studies.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
Knowledge and understanding:
Students will be expected to demonstrate that they are able to reproduce the main morphosyntactic structures of the English language, together with the specialized vocabulary required to operate successfully in the specific fields pertaining to their degree course.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
Students will be expected to demonstrate that they have consolidated their communicative skills and are able to interact successfully when dealing with topics such as New media, digital literacy and the other sectoral ambits of their degree course.
Making judgments and expressing opinions:
Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to select the appropriate vocabulary, morphosyntactic structures, register, and to possess the necessary cultural awareness to interact successfully in both personal and professional ambits.
Students must possess a grounded ability to interact appropriately in the English language depending on the situational context in which they find themselves.
Students will be expected to demonstrate good learning skills both when carrying out class, team, or pair work, and when working autonomously with e-learning materials.
Students are expected to possess a B1 level on the CEFR and to have a sound knowledge of the following topic areas: phonetics and phonology, nouns, adjectives, articles, demonstratives and possessives, numerals, subject and object pronouns, interrogative pronouns, prepositions of time and place, present, past and future verb tense and form, auxiliaries, interrogative and negative structures, modals of ability and possibility.
Topic area 1: People and Work (23h)
- Personality (5h)
- Travel (6h)
- Work (6h)
- Language (6h)
- Mid-term test (1h)
Topic area 2: Education, Arts and Media (23h)
- Advertising (5h)
- Education (6h)
- Business (6h)
- Arts and Media (6h)
- Final revision (1h)
The course syllabus includes, but is not limited to, communicative functions, general and specialized vocabulary, grammar and phonetics. Students will practise their written and spoken comprehension and production in thematic areas pertaining to their degree course.
The following grammar items will be granted specific relevance: verb tense and mode (present, past and future); conditionals; articles; comparative and superlative forms.
The course is subdivided into two main topic areas, the first focuses on People and Work (24h) and the second on Education, Arts and Media (24h).
Course content is taught through lectures, pair work, group work and individual projects.
All classroom activities will be primarily aimed at developing the students’ ability to decode a variety of specialized texts in English, and to acquire the basic vocabulary for their studies and future professions. Special emphasis will be placed on oral communication, listening activities and collaborative and cooperative learning activities.
Students are required to come to class with a copy of the following course book which will be used for classroom activities and contains the materials for the final exam:
David Cotton, David Falvey, Simon Kent New Language Leader (Intermediate with MyEnglishLab), Pearson 2014.
Students will be able to download the grammar materials from the e-learning platform. Students are also free to consult their own reference grammars.
English for Special Purposes:
A number of articles focusing on topics pertaining to the degree course - together with any other class materials introduced during the course - will be available for download on the e-learning platform.
The exam is made up of two parts: a written test and an oral examination. The final grade is expressed as a mark out of 30.
Written test (1 hour): 35 multiple choice, cloze or gap fill questions based on the grammar and vocabulary studied throughout the course, followed by a short reading comprehension passage.
Oral examination (2 parts):
Students are required to read, discuss, and comment upon one or more passages selected by the class teacher during the exam session. These passages are taken from the textbook used in class and listed in the detailed course syllabus.
Assessment of the oral part of the examination is based on general speaking skills including pronunciation, fluency, the use of appropriate terminology and the ability to express viewpoints and opinions in a clear and convincing manner.
Students are required to read, discuss and comment upon one or more articles selected by the class teacher during the exam session. These articles all focus on the specific thematic areas dealt with during the course and contain elements of specialized vocabulary and structures. All the articles will be listed in the detailed course syllabus and will be available for download on the e-learning platform.
The evaluation criteria and final marks are established on the basis of the following mark breakdown:
- A mark of less than 18 out of 30 – the level is considered insufficient and the candidate has not fulfilled any of the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section.
- A mark ranging from 18-20 out of 30 – in this case the candidate’s performance is considered sufficient and s/he fulfils the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section.
- A mark ranging from 21-23 out of 30 – in this case the candidate’s performance is considered to be fully sufficient as s/he fulfils the results listed in both the “knowledge and understanding” section and the “applying knowledge and understanding” section.
- A mark ranging from 24-26 out of 30 – in this case the candidate has reached a good level and has fulfilled the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section; the “applying knowledge and understanding” section; and the “expressing judgment” section too.
- A mark ranging from 27-29 out of 30 – in this case the candidate has reached a very good level and has fulfilled the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section; the “applying knowledge and understanding” section; the “expressing judgment” section; and the “communication skills” section too.
- A mark ranging from 30-30 cum laude – in this case the candidate has reached an excellent level and has fulfilled all the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section; the “applying knowledge and understanding” section; the “expressing judgment” section; the “communication skills” section; and the “learning skills” section too.