ENGLISH LANGUAGE III

ENGLISH LANGUAGE III

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Last update 21/09/2021 15:22
Code
65217
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
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
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This unit is divided into 2 sections: A, B. This page refers to the section
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 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, in presence 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 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.  

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, in presence classes will be held in the second semester instead. 

LESSONS START

Classes for this course start at the beginning of the first semester for the BA course in Modern Languages and Cultures. 

EXAMS

Exam description

The linguistics module is assessed through a written exam. Students will be asked to both provide answers to theoretical questions and perform brief pragmatic analyses of texts. The aim of the exam is to assess students' critical and thinking skills, their ability to understand, discuss and elaborate on the pragmatic theories studied during the course and to apply them when analysing texts written in English.

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 a written exam. Students will be asked to both reply to theoretical questions and perform brief pragmatic analyses of texts. The aim of the exam is to assess students' critical and thinking skills, their ability to understand, discuss and elaborate on the pragmatic theories studied during the course and to apply them when analysing texts written in English.

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