ENGLISH LANGUAGE II

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Code
61294
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd 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
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This unit is divided into 2 sections:
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

This module includes an introduction to English syntax and a practical English language course at the B2.2 level.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This module aims to:

- introduce students to the scientific study of the English language, in particular English syntax;

- develop students’ analytical skills,

- bring students to the B2.2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

This module aims to:

- introduce students to the scientific study of the English language, in particular English syntax;

- develop students’ analytical skills,

- bring students to the B2.2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

PREREQUISITES

55870   Lingua Inglese I or equivalent.

TEACHING METHODS

The linguistics module is made up of weekly lectures (3 hours a week over 10 weeks in the first semester).  Teaching will be either face-to-face or online depending on how the pandemic evolves.  

The practical module is made up of weekly classes (4 hours a week over 20 weeks, i.e. 10 weeks per semester + an online course). Teaching will be either face-to-face or online depending on how the pandemic evolves.  

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

English Language II 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 ("esercitazioni").

Each component ("esercitazioni" and "modulo teorico") is assessed separately. The practical module is assessed at the end of the second semester through a written test (grammar, vocabulary, listening, and writing) and an oral test. The linguistics module is assessed through a written test at the end of the first semester.

The linguistics module ("modulo teorico") is an introduction to English syntax. The practical language module aims to bring students to the B2.2 level (upper end of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages B2 level). More information about the practical component will be available on Prof. Broccias’s webpage on the Lingue website from September.

The final mark is calculated as follows:

35% (of the overall mark) is the written practical part (70% of which is the computer-based test assessing grammar, vocabulary, and listening and 30% of which is the writing task),

15% (of the overall mark) is the oral practical part,

50% (of the overall mark) is the theory part.

The linguistics module aims to enable students

- to categorise words into word classes,

- to learn about the form and function of phrases,

- to identify tense, aspect, mood and modality,

- to describe finite and non-finite clauses and sentences,

- to identify the major types of marked sentences,

- to draw syntactic trees.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

For the theory part:

Ballard, Kim. 2007 (2nd ed.). The Frameworks of English: Introducing Language Structures. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. [In particular: Chapter 2]

van Gelderen, Elly. 2010 (2nd ed.). An Introduction to the Grammar of English. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [textbook]

Berk, Lynn. 1999. English Syntax: From Word to Discourse. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [In particular: Chapter 3 and pp. 237-249 ("Infinitive clauses")]

 

Additional (OBLIGATORY) material:

Lecture slides (available on Aulaweb by the beginning of the course)


For the pratical part (i.e. esercitazioni):

McCarthy, Michael and Felicity O'Dell. 2012. English Vocabulary in Use: Upper-Intermediate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Murphy, Raymond. 2019 (5th ed.). English Grammar in Use (with Answers). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Also useful is:

Swan, Michael. 2016 (4th ed.). Practical English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: Please visit my personal page on the Lingue website.

Office hours: To be announced

Exam Board

CRISTIANO BROCCIAS (President)

MARCO BAGLI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The linguistics module is made up of weekly lectures (3 hours a week over 10 weeks in the first semester).  Teaching will be either face-to-face or online depending on how the pandemic evolves.  

The practical module is made up of weekly classes (4 hours a week over 20 weeks, i.e. 10 weeks per semester + an online course). Teaching will be either face-to-face or online depending on how the pandemic evolves.  

LESSONS START

Please see http://www.lingue.unige.it/?post_type=dipendente&p=2089.

Class schedule

ENGLISH LANGUAGE II B

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The linguistics module is assessed through a written paper. There are two sittings in each of the three exam sessions. Students can choose only one sitting per session and can't repeat a failed test in the same session.

The practical module is assessed through a written test and an oral test. There are two sittings in the Summer and Autumn sessions and one sitting in the Winter session. When a session has two sittings, students can choose only one sitting per session and can't repeat a failed test in the same session.

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The linguistics module is assessed through a written test (the allotted time is 50 minutes). The test is divided into two parts. In order to pass the test, students need to get a pass at least in the first part. In the first part, students are required to identify the word classes of words selected from a short text;  to identify the form and function of phrases in a few short sentences; to categorize a few verb groups in terms of tense, aspect, mood and modality; to classify “marked” sentences and provide their “unmarked” equivalents. In the second part, students are required to pick out phrases from a short text on the basis of their functions and to draw the syntactic tree of a short sentence.

The practical part is assessed through a written test (grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing) and an oral test.   

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
18/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto Le modalità dell'esame (se in presenza o a distanza) verranno rese note appena possibile.
27/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Compitino Le modalità dell'esame (se in presenza o a distanza) verranno rese note appena possibile.
10/02/2022 09:00 GENOVA Compitino Le modalità dell'esame (se in presenza o a distanza) verranno rese note appena possibile.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is not obligatory BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.