Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
Matricole pari
Belonging course: 
Disciplinary sector: 
Year of study: 
Second semester



Course description

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 (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


Students are expected to possess a B1+ level on the Common European
Framework of Reference.


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.
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.
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.
Communication skills:
Students must possess a grounded ability to interact appropriately in the English language depending on the situational context in which they find themselves.
Learning skills:
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.

Teaching Methods

Course organization
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.


Grammar textbook:
Students will be able to download the grammar materials from the course TEAM.
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 course TEAM.

Learning assessment

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):
Part 1:
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.
Part 2:
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/TEAMS group.

More information

TEAMS code for the a.y. 2021/22: jq4zv8f