The primary aim of the course is to provide students with the fundamental tools necessary to comprehend and produce written and oral texts in the context of international management. Students will need to demonstrate that they are able to understand specialist texts at an intermediate/upper-intermediate level, and to employ appropriate language forms and registers when communicating in the professional environment. The course learning objectives have been established on the basis of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (B2 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 an international management context.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
Students will be expected to demonstrate that they have consolidated their communicative skills and are able to interact successfully in the field of international business and corporate management.
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 an international business context.
Students must possess a grounded ability to interact appropriately in the English language.
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 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.
- Leadership (10h)
- Strategies (8h)
- Pay (8h)
- Mid-term test (1h)
- Marketing (8h)
- Outsourcing (8h)
- Recruitment (10h)
- Lobbies (8h)
- 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.
Lessons will focus on the themes and discursive practices which characterize business communication in a global context.
All classroom activities will be primarily aimed at developing students’ ability to decode a variety of specialized texts in English, and to acquire the basic vocabulary for the field of business and international management. 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:
Tonya Trappe, Graham Tullis, Intelligent Business – Intermediate Coursebook, Pearson Longman, 2012.
R. MURPHY, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press (or any other reference grammar the student already possesses).
English for Special Purposes:
The articles focusing on business and international management skills together with any other class materials introduced during the course, will be available for download on the e-learning platform.
NB All materials can be downloaded from the e-learning platform (the module “Lingua Inglese 9cfu – Prof.ssa Antinucci” is among the MIT courses).
The exam is made up of two parts: a written test and an oral examination. The final grade is a mark out of 30.
Written test on Moodle (35 minutes): 30 multiple-choice, cloze or gap-fill questions based on the grammar and vocabulary studied throughout the course, followed by a short reading comprehension passage. The pass grade for the written test is 18/30. A mid-term test with the same structure as the final written test will serve as feedback for both students and tutor.
Oral examination (2 parts)
Part 1: discussion of one or more articles (chose by the tutor) taken from the textbooks used in class 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.
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. The ability to translate specialized texts into Italian will also be assessed.
The final pass grade is 18. 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.