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 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.
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).
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 a mid-term test.
- Personality (9h)
- Travel (8h)
- Work (9h)
- Language (9h)
Mid-term test (2h)
Module 2 (35h):
- Advertising (9h)
- Education (9h)
- Design (8h)
- Business (9h)
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 lectures and 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. 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 http://184.108.40.206/moodle/course/view.php?id=264 (you can find the English module among the units of the degree course in Economics).
COTTON, FALVEY, KENT, New Language Leader (Intermediate), Longman (essential)
R. MURPHY, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press (or any other reference grammar)
Articles and excerpts taken from specialized journals or magazines (all downloadable on the website, on the lecturer’s page).
The exam consists of a written test and an oral examination in English.
The written test, held on Moodle, consists of 30 multiple choice, cloze or gap fill questions on the grammar topics (15 items) and vocabulary (15 items) studied in the first 8 units of the New Language Leader (Intermediate) textbook. A mid-term test with the same structure as the final written test will serve as feedback for both students and tutor.
In particular, 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). Students are not allowed to use a dictionary. The written test is passed upon successful reaching a number of 18 correct answers. In that case, students can access the oral test.
Oral examination (2 parts)
The oral examination, which is held in person, is divided in two parts.
Part 1: discussion of one or more articles of general English taken from New Language Leader and listed in the detailed course syllabus.
In particular, the candidate is expected to 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. An important assessment criterion will be the candidate’s spontaneity in the oral discussion, which should not require particular efforts of understanding from the interlocutor.
Part 2: reading and translation of one or more specialized articles.
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.
This examination is not validated by a digit score. The exam is passed upon achieving a sufficient level of the competences described in the 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.