ENGLISH FOR TOURISM

ENGLISH FOR TOURISM

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Code
98193
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 10715 VALORIZZAZIONE DEI TERRITORI E TURISMI SOSTENIBILI (LM-80) SAVONA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-LIN/12
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
SAVONA (VALORIZZAZIONE DEI TERRITORI E TURISMI SOSTENIBILI )
semester
1° Semester
Prerequisites
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course focusses on the development of the specialised language needed by those who are working in the tourist industry, insisting on the lexical fields of reception and territory, from catering to cultural heritage, from transport to management. Specific reference will be made to the touristic and territorial scenario of the Liguria region.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is aimed at providing the students with the tools for effective communication in the English language within the touristic and territorial field. Starting from a B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - which is the minimum entrance prerequisite for the course – it is meant to take the learners to at least a B2 level. Practice will be given in all language skills, written and oral, receptive and productive, coupled with a transversal reflection on grammar and vocabulary issues. The focus will be on the most recurring structures and semantic fields of English for tourism and territorial studies, in relation to which written and oral texts and discussion topics will be set.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

In particular, the aim of the course is to enhance the students’ productive and receptive skills of the English language in reading, writing, listening and speaking, to consolidate and complete their knowledge of grammar and to introduce and practice lexical structures (single lexemes but also, and above all, idioms and collocations) pertaining to the fields of transport, accommodation and catering; of territory and climate, of culture and tourist attractions; of dealings with the public, organization of tours and events; of planning, management, statistics and predictions, advertising.  

By the end of the course, students are also expected to:

  1. Be able to understand how to apply the acquired knowledge and solve problems relating to the use of the English language in a touristic and territorial environment;
  2. Be able to use the acquired knowledge, both on the conceptual and the operational level, with autonomous assessment skills in the different applicational contexts;
  3. Acquire the ability to communicate effectively, in the target language, concepts concerning the tourist industry; 
  4. Develop appropriate learning skills, which will enable them to go on autonomously expanding on the relevant topics and maintaining the acquired knowledge of the target language, enriching it in time with the use of new vocabulary and structures.    

 

PREREQUISITES

The students must have a competence of the English language corresponding at least to the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching methods

Given the necessity to create chances for the students to practice the language, the prevalent teaching mode will not be lecture-style but rather interactive and participatory. In order to maximise exposure to English, instruction will be conducted in a content and language integration (CLIL) perspective, so that the vehicular language will be systematically used in the vast majority of classroom exchanges. Task-based, problem-solving and flipped-classroom techniques will be aimed at triggering active learning and autonomous processing.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course is based on a series of topics that will be presented, discussed and elaborated on in the English language, insisting on the lexis and structures inherent in the semantic fields of tourism and territory. All skills, oral and written, productive and receptive, will be practiced, with insights into vocabulary and grammar that will help the students achieve at least a B2 level of the CEFR for languages.However, the lessons will be primarily made up of communicative activities (tasks, reflections, discussions, problem-solving) prompted by listenings and readings concerning the themes at hand, and often including some written processing. In particular, the relevant topics will be as follows:

 

  • Tourism trends and motivations
  • Advertising and publicity; Marketing
  • Dealing with figures and statistics; making predictions
  • Business plans, business meetings
  • Transport and travel
  • Accommodation
  • Food and restaurants
  • Heritage and culture
  • Attractions and activities
  • Guided tours; speaking to a group
  • Managing events
  • Dealing with the public (offering advice, dealing with complaints); customer service
  • Careers and interviews
  • Geography, weather and climate
  • Risk and disasters

 

While these topics are generally applicable to any context, constant reference will be made to the situation in Liguria.

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Strutt, Peter (2013) English for International Tourism. Upper intermediate. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education Limited. [main coursebook]

 

Strutt, Peter (2013) English for International Tourism. Intermediate. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education Limited.


Jones, Leo (2005) Welcome! Student's Book: English for the Travel and Tourism Industry. Cambridge: CUP.  


Prati, Anna and Noble, John (2009) Gate 8. English for tourism. Milan: Trevisini Editore

 

https://www.pdfdrive.net/english-for-tourism-tetun-dit-e12409847.html

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: By appointment (room 1A11, Corso Podestà 2, 1st floor, Genova), to be made by e-mail, at nicole.bosisio@unige.com

Exam Board

JUSTIN ROSENBERG (President)

NICOLE BOSISIO (President)

GUIDO FRANCO AMORETTI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Given the necessity to create chances for the students to practice the language, the prevalent teaching mode will not be lecture-style but rather interactive and participatory. In order to maximise exposure to English, instruction will be conducted in a content and language integration (CLIL) perspective, so that the vehicular language will be systematically used in the vast majority of classroom exchanges. Task-based, problem-solving and flipped-classroom techniques will be aimed at triggering active learning and autonomous processing.

LESSONS START

First semester, 24th September 2018.

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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EXAMS

Exam description

Tasks and projects assigned in the class, together with the lecturer’s observation of communicative situations and self-assessment activities, will provide matter for continuous assessment that will integrate the results of the final written examination. This latter will be made up of two parts: one including a set of open-ended questions and one a set of multiple-choice questions on the course topics, in English.

Non-attenders, lacking continuous assessment, will have to perform additional activities, consisting of the reading and listening of texts that will be discussed during the examination, thus supplementing the above-mentioned written test with an oral test.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods thus consist of unstructured, semi-structured and structured testing.

Unstructured testing involves continuous assessment of tasks, projects and communicative situations in which the students are expected to actively participate and to be able to understand and tackle tasks and problems relating to the touristic and territorial environment, using the English language in an appropriate way.

Semi-structured testing comprises that part of the written examination in which the students are expected to understand and reply – in the English language - to open-ended questions about the course contents and, for non-attenders, also the oral interview in which they will have to answer, again in English, questions concerning the set readings and listenings.

Structured testing corresponds to the part of the final written examination with multiple-choice questions, in which the students are expected to select the correct answer, both from the point of view of the language and of the content, among the three or four options available.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

As anticipated above, prerequisite for the course is a competence of the English language at least equal to the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The students are also recommended to bring along their own copy of the coursebook (Strutt, Peter (2013) English for International Tourism. Upper intermediate. Harlow, UK.: Pearson Education Limited)from the first lesson.