ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION I

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION I

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Code
55887
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
12 credits during the 1st year of 8741 Theories and techniques of interlingual mediation (L-12) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-LIN/12
LANGUAGE
English
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Theories and techniques of interlingual mediation)
semester
Annual
Prerequisites
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

This module includes an introduction to English phonetics/phonology, morphology and lexis and a practical English language part at the B2 level.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This module will focus on developing students’ scientific knowledge of the English language. Students will learn how to describe key phonological/phonetic, morphological and lexical structures of the English Language. This module also includes a practical part aiming to develop students’ practical knowledge of English at level B2 as well as introducing them to translation.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

This module aims to

- introduce students to the scientific study of the English language, in particular English phonetics, phonology, morphology and lexis;

- develop students' analytical skills;

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

PREREQUISITES

Knowledge of English at least at level B1.

Teaching methods

The linguistics module is made up of weekly lectures (3 hours a week over 12 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 (8 hours a week over 20 weeks, i.e. 10 weeks per semester) . Teaching will be either face-to-face or online depending on how the pandemic evolves.  

Attendance of the practical module is compulsory. Attendance of the linguistics module is not compulsory but strongly recommended.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

English Language I 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 language module ("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 test. The linguistics module is assessed through a written test at the end of the first semester.

The linguistics module is an introduction to English phonetics and phonology. The practical language module aims to bring students to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages More information about the practical component will be available on Prof. Broccias’s webpage on the Lingue website from September.

The linguistics module aims to enable students to

- to learn to describe English vowels, diphthongs, triphthongs, consonants,

- to learn to transcribe English words using the IPA (International Phonetics Alphabet),

- to learn about English strong and weak syllables and weak forms,

- to learn about stress in simple and complex words,

- to learn about the structure of suprasegmental units (syllables, feet, tonic structure),

- to learn about the form and functions of intonation,

- analyse derived words and compounds,

- categorize words into open and closed classes.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

For the theory part:

Ballard, Kim. 2007 (2nd ed.). The Frameworks of English: Introducing Language Structures. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. [Chapters 2 and 3]

Roach, Peter. 2009 (4th ed.). English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (see syllabus for details) [textbook]

Wells, J. C. 2006. English Intonation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Section 1.6; Chapter 3; Sections 5.13, 5.13, 5.14; these are the sections the intonation part is based on]

Pronunciation dictionaries (you need either, not both):

Jones, Daniel. 2011 (18th ed.). Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (edited by Peter Roach, Jane Setter and John Esling). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wells, J. C. 2008 (3rd ed.). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. Harlow: Pearson Longman.

Additional (OBLIGATORY) material:

Lecture slides and wordlist for transcriptions (available on Aulaweb by the beginning of the course)

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Please visit my personal page on the Lingue website.

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The linguistics module is made up of weekly lectures (3 hours a week over 12 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 (8 hours a week over 20 weeks, i.e. 10 weeks per semester) . Teaching will be either face-to-face or online depending on how the pandemic evolves.  

Attendance of the practical module is compulsory. Attendance of the linguistics module is not compulsory but strongly recommended.

EXAMS

Exam description

The linguistics module is assessed through a written paper.

The practical module is assessed through a written paper.

Assessment methods

The linguistics module is assessed through a written paper (the allotted time is 40 minutes). The paper is divided into two parts. In order to pass the test, it is necessary to get a pass at least in the first part. The first part includes the following tasks: describing vowels and consonants; transcribing parts of or whole words phonemically; converting phonemic transcriptions into “written English”; completing utterances using appropriate strong and/or weak forms; morphological analysis. The words for transcription are taken from a list given to students at the beginning of the module. The second part includes the following tasks: transcribing words phonetically; analysing the syllabic structure of monosyllabic words; dividing words into syllables; dividing utterances into feet; identifying the tonic structure of an utterance; open questions on the syllabus.

FURTHER INFORMATION

There will be a specific Aulaweb page for this module.