ENGLISH LANGUAGE III

ENGLISH LANGUAGE III

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Last update 27/09/2020 17:21
Code
65217
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
9 credits during the 3nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-LIN/12
LANGUAGE
English
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Modern languages and cultures)
semester
Annual
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The theoretical part of course is an introduction to pragmatics and text analysis. It is meant to support students in the study of English linguistics they began in the first and second year and to support them in developing their communicative competence at an advanced level. The practical part of the course is meant to support students in reaching level C1.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The theory part aims to support students in developing:

- an understanding of the main theoretical frameworks of modern pragmatics; 

- their analytical, critical and thinking skills;

- the ability to perform basic pragmatic analyses of texts;

The practice part aims to bring students to the C1.1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

PREREQUISITES

English Language 1 and English Language 2, namely a solid knowledge of the phonology, morphology and syntax of the English Language, as well as a B2.2 level of English in the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) according the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

Teaching methods

The linguistics module is made up of weekly lectures (3 hours a week over 10 weeks in the first semester). Classes for this module will be online. 

The practical module is made up of weekly classes (5 hours a week over 20 weeks, i.e. 10 weeks per semester). Classes for this module will be online in the first semester. Should the Covid-19 pandemic be under control by then, traditional classes will be held in the second semester instead. 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

English Language III is divided into two parts: a one-semester linguistics module ("modulo teorico"), which is held in the first semester and is described in more detail below, and a two-semester practical module ("modulo pratico" or "esercitazioni"). 

Each component ("modulo pratico" and "modulo teorico") is assessed separately. The practical module is assessed at the end of the second semester through a written exam paper (Use of English, Reading and Comprehension, Listening and Comprehension, Writing) and an oral exam. The linguistics module is assessed through an oral exam at the end of the first semester. 

The linguistics module ("modulo teorico") is an introduction to pragmatics and text analysis. Topics to be discussed include: Context, Cohesion and Coherence, Speech Act Theory, The Cooperative Principle, Politeness, Conversation Analysis, Relevance Theory (the deatiled syllabus can be found in the Aulaweb course)

The practical language module aims to bring students to the C1.1 level (lower end of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages C1 level). More information about the practical component is available on Dr. Zurru’s webpage on the Lingue website and on Aulaweb. 

The final mark is calculated as follows:

50% (of the overall mark) is the written + oral practical part (35% of which is the written part and 15% of which is the oral part),
50% (of the overall mark) is the theory part.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Theoretical module. 

1) Cruse A., 2011, Meaning in Language, OUP: Oxford; pp. 28-29, 42-43, 364-377 , 401-407 , 414-424, 426-432; ("Theoretical Module_References" folder on Aulaweb)

2) Cutting J., 2008, Pragmatics and Discourse, Routledge: London & NY; Sections: pp. 1-54+55-76 ("Theoretical Module_References" folder on Aulaweb)

3) Douthwaite J., 1991, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Sei: Torino; Only Chapter 2: “Sociolinguistic Aspects of Language and Language Teaching” ("Theoretical Module_References" folder on Aulaweb)

4) Douthwaite J., 2000, Towards a Linguistic Theory of Foregrounding, Edizioni dell’Orso: Alessandria; pp. 51, 54, 60-65, 72-74, 100; ("Theoretical Module_References" folder on Aulaweb)

5) Grice H. P., 1975, “Logic and Conversation”, In Syntax and Semantics, Vol. 3, Speech Acts, P. Cole & J. L. Morgan, Academic Press : NY; pp. 45–47, 49; ("Theoretical Module_References" folder on Aulaweb)

Practical module: Reading & Comprehension+Use of English

Outcomes advanced student's book (2nd Edition): https://www.cengage.com.br/ngl/outcomes/

Practical module: Listening + Writing

- Newspaper articles (provided by the teacher) are read and discussed during the lessons. Every two weeks students are invited to write a composition at home, which is collected and corrected by the teacher.

- The listening material is either texts read by the teacher or recorded material on CDs. Further links to listening materials will be provided on Denys Jones's Aulaweb.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Please visit the Aulaweb page for this course. 

Ricevimento: For updates on office hours please go to: http://www.lingue.unige.it/?dipendente=c1241 No office hours on Friday 2nd November 2018

Exam Board

ELISABETTA ZURRU (President)

MARCO BAGLI

CRISTIANO BROCCIAS (President Substitute)

ANNALISA BAICCHI (Substitute)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The linguistics module is made up of weekly lectures (3 hours a week over 10 weeks in the first semester). Classes for this module will be online. 

The practical module is made up of weekly classes (5 hours a week over 20 weeks, i.e. 10 weeks per semester). Classes for this module will be online in the first semester. Should the Covid-19 pandemic be under control by then, traditional classes will be held in the second semester instead. 

LESSONS START

Classes for the theoretical module start on Thursday 1st October 2020. Classes are on

Thursdays from 10 AM to 11 AM

Fridays from 1 PM to 3 PM

Classes will be held via Teams. Team code: vub33n2

 

Classes for the practical module start on Monday 28th Sept. 2020. Classes are on

Mondays from 4 PM to 5 PM, Listening (Denys Jones, students with surnames from L to Z) [this class starts on Monday 28th September 2020. Over the first semester, classes will be held via Teams. Link to the Team: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a9da0dd7de54540fba28496bf27a9ee8d%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=33b76698-0435-4b4e-a542-8e96683bffa1&tenantId=6cd36f83-1a02-442d-972f-2670cb5e9b1a]

Mondays from 5 PM to 7 PM, Writing (Denys Jones, students with surnames from A to K) [this class starts on Monday 28th September 2020. Over the first semester, classes will be held via Teams. Link to the Team: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a9da0dd7de54540fba28496bf27a9ee8d%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=33b76698-0435-4b4e-a542-8e96683bffa1&tenantId=6cd36f83-1a02-442d-972f-2670cb5e9b1a]

Mondays from 5 PM to 7 PM, Reading & Comprehension, Use of English (Elga Nicolini, students with surnames from L to Z) [this class starts on Monday 5th October 2020. Over the first semester, classes will be held via Teams. Team code: tosu8a5]

Wednesdays from 10 AM to 12 AM, Writing (Denys Jones, students with surnames from L to Z) [this class starts on Wednesday 30th September 2020. Over the first semester, classes will be held via Teams. Link to the Team: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a9da0dd7de54540fba28496bf27a9ee8d%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=33b76698-0435-4b4e-a542-8e96683bffa1&tenantId=6cd36f83-1a02-442d-972f-2670cb5e9b1a]

Wednesdays from 10 AM to 12 AM, Reading & Comprehension, Use of English (Sean Grimes, students with surnames from A to K) [this class starts on Wednesday 30th September 2020. Over the first semester, classes will be held via Teams. Team code: twx9v9f ]

Wednesdays from 12 AM to 1 PM, Listening (Denys Jones, students with surnames from A to K) [this class starts on Wednesday 30th September 2020. Over the first semester, classes will be held via Teams. Link to the Team: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a9da0dd7de54540fba28496bf27a9ee8d%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=33b76698-0435-4b4e-a542-8e96683bffa1&tenantId=6cd36f83-1a02-442d-972f-2670cb5e9b1a]

EXAMS

Exam description

The linguistics module is assessed through an oral exam which lasts 20 minutes. Students will be asked to answer 3 theoretical questions and to perform 2 brief pragmatic analyses of texts. The aim of the exam is to assess students' critical and thinking skills, their ability to discuss and elaborate on the pragmatic theories studied during the course and to apply them to the analysis of texts.

The practical module is assessed at the end of the second semester through a written exam paper (Use of English, Reading and Comprehension, Listening and Comprehension, Writing) and an oral exam. Students will be expected to have reached the C1.1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) by the end of the course. 

Assessment methods

The linguistics module is assessed through an oral exam which lasts 20 minutes. Students will be expected to be able to answer 3 theoretical questions and to perform 2 brief pragmatic analyses of texts. They will need to have developed their critical and thinking skills, their ability to discuss and elaborate on the pragmatic theories studied during the course and to apply them to the analysis of texts.

The practical module is assessed at the end of the second semester through a written exam paper (Use of English, Reading and Comprehension, Listening and Comprehension, Writing) and an oral exam. Students will be expected to have reached the C1.1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) by the end of the course.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is not obligatory BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Signing up for the written and oral exams is OBLIGATORY. Failure to do so in time will result in the automatic exclusion from exams.

English Language III can be attended by all 3rd year students enrolled on the LCM (Lingue e Culture Moderne) course and by Erasmus students. Erasmus students are invited to contact Dr. Zurru during her office hours as soon as they arrive.