Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
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Second semester
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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 specialised (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.


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).


Unit 1
 Grammar:
o Question forms
o Present simple and Present continuous
 Vocabulary:
o Prefixes
o Personality adjectives
Unit 2
 Grammar:
o Past simple
o Present perfect and Past simple
 Vocabulary:
o Travel expressions
o Phrasal verbs
Unit 3
 Grammar:
o Present perfect continuous
o Present perfect simple and Present perfect continuous
 Vocabulary:
o Adjectives and expressions connected with time and work
o Dependent prepositions
Unit 4
 Grammar:
o Future forms
o First conditional
 Vocabulary:
o Phrasal verbs (2)
o British and American money idioms
Unit 5
 Grammar:
o Second conditional
o Comparatives and Superlatives
 Vocabulary:
o Advertising adjectives
o Word combinations
Unit 6
 Grammar:
o Defining relative clauses
 Vocabulary:
o Education & Studying
Unit 7
 Grammar:
o Modals (necessity and obligation)
o Modals (present deduction)
 Vocabulary:
o Materials, shape and texture
o Abstract nouns
o Linkers
Unit 8
 Grammar:
o Past continuous
o Past perfect simple
 Vocabulary:
o Business terms and roles
o Collocations: business

1. Charisma: A kind of magic?, p. 10
2. Explorers: Ibn Battuta, Jacques Cousteau, Valentina Tereshkova, pp. 18-19
3. Working from home on the rise, p. 28
4. How to avoid mistakes online, p. 41
5. Is it acceptable to manipulate images in advertising?, p. 48
6. Maria Montessori, p. 58
7. Alessi’s inventions, p. 70
8. Business Icons: Estee Lauder – Akio Morita, p. 80

1. When Covid infection rates dip, inflation rates may well rise - Larry Elliott
2. Finance ministers have to be green in today's world, says OECD head - Fiona Harvey
3. Bitcoin surges through key $50,000 level in European trading - Phillip Inman
4. No more fomo: top firms turn to VR to liven up meetings - Kalyeena Makortoff
5. Why the GameStop affair is a perfect example of 'platform populism' - Evgeny Morozov
6. The world faces a pandemic of human rights abuses in the wake of Covid-19 - António Guterres

Fundamentals of English phonetics, grammar, syntax, common and specialised 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, both focused on the study of grammar and specialised vocabulary.
 Personality
 Travel
 Work
 Language
Module 2:
 Advertising
 Education
 Design
 Business

Teaching Methods

The lectures and classes (either held online or in person) will be primarily aimed at developing students’ ability to decode a variety of specialised texts in English, and their acquisition of basic business English 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 by clicking the following link https://elearning.uniparthenope.it/course/view.php?id=713.


General English:
 COTTON, FALVEY, KENT, New Language Leader (Intermediate), Longman (essential).
 R. MURPHY, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press (or any other reference grammar).
Specialised English:
Articles and excerpts taken from specialised books or journals (all downloadable from the website, on the lecturer’s page). A detailed list of resources will be provided at the end of the course.

Learning assessment

The exam consists of a written test and an oral interview in English.
The written test, held on Moodle, consists of multiple choice and gap fill questions about the grammar topics and vocabulary covered by the first 8 units of the New Language Leader (Intermediate) textbook. Candidates must demonstrate that they are able to choose the correct tense to use in the sentence and make correct lexical choices in sentences relating to the domains of knowledge explored during the course. Particular attention is paid to spelling accuracy in open-ended questions (gap fill).
The oral interview, which is held on Teams or in person (depending on the Covid-19 situation), is divided in two parts. The first part involves the discussion in English of one or more General English articles (chosen by the teacher during the exam) taken from the textbook and listed in the detailed program. The candidate must demonstrate that he/she has understood the key facts of the texts and is able to re-elaborate the content in a personal way, drawing from a lexical, grammatical and syntactic range in line with the objectives of the course. Furthermore, the candidate must be able to provide personal comments and opinions on topics belonging to the domains of knowledge explored during the course. Particular attention is paid to spontaneity in the oral discussion, which should not require particular efforts of understanding from the interlocutor.
The second part involves the reading and translation of one or more specialised English articles (chosen by the teacher during the exam) among those listed in the detailed program and downloadable from the elearning platform. Candidates must demonstrate that they can read clearly, spontaneously and naturally in English, without making mistakes that may jeopardise the overall understanding. In the translation phase, candidates must demonstrate they are able to translate using syntax, grammar and expressions typical of the Italian language. The translation must be understandable to an Italian speaker without efforts caused by inaccurate grammatical, syntactical or lexical choices. Particular attention is paid to the ability to understand and translate the specialised vocabulary highlighted in the texts and reported in the glossaries accompanying the texts.

More information

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.
Making judgments:
Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to choose the most appropriate register to be used in the situational context proposed by the instructor.
Communication skills:
Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate in English in a clear and appropriate way in specific professional contexts.
Learning skills:
Students are expected to demonstrate a good ability to learn independently and using appropriately communicative functions, also practicing with the supplementary materials uploaded on the e-learning platform.