English

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Communication Sciences
Academyc year when starting the degree: 
2016/2017
Year: 
2
Academyc year when helding the course: 
2017/2018
Course type: 
Basic compulsory subjects
Credits: 
9
Period: 
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 
72
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (72 hours)
Requirements: 

Level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CEFR.

Final Examination: 
Scritto e Orale Congiunti

The students’ knowledge will be assessed through a final level B2 written and oral test that will take place on the same day. It is necessary to pass the written test to access the oral part. ATTENTION! At the course start, a placement test will be administered to all the course attendees. Depending on the results the students will have to use an online software to practice their English. If they have achieved the required level, they will be allowed to access the written and oral tests.

The written test lasts 1.5 hours and will allow the lecturer to assess the level of grammar competences and specialised English for the media acquired during the course. It consists of:
1) 1 listening comprehension with 5 multiple choice questions (5 pts);
2) 20 sentences containing a mistake to be corrected (10 pts);
3) 9 ‘Fill in the gaps’ sentences concerning either a technical or a current news topic to be completed with a given verb at the infinitive mood, which has to be conjugated in the correct tense, person and voice (4 pts);
4) 1 sentence to be built based on some given, non-modifiable lexemes (1 pt);
5) 6 sentences of English for the media to fill in with a specialised term of the students’ choice (3 pts);
6) 4 journals’ headlines to be classified according to the linguistic/communicative strategy they make use of (2 pts).
7) 3 journals’ headlines to be turned into formal English (3 pts).
8) 4 specialised definitions concerning the media field to be matched with a correct definition (2 pts).

The final mark is calculated in 30ies. Pass mark is 18, which will allow students to access the oral part of the exam. If it is less than 18, the test is not passed and students will have to take the exam again during the following session.

The oral exam is divided into two parts:
First part: students are required to orally analyse and describe 5 authentic documents in English excerpted from paper or online journals according to the methodologies and contents studied during the course:
1) An advertisement.
2) A 500-word editorial.
3) and 4) Two 500-word news articles excerpted from newspapers or magazines.
5) A film review.
These materials will be chosen by the students themselves and described/analysed during the oral talk. Examples of media analysis are in the book Cambridge English for the Media and on some websites that will be presented in class.

Second part: students will be required to lay down and present a ppt presentation on a current affairs topics as learnt during the course.

The following skills will be evaluated: 1) the grammar and lexical correctness of the spoken interaction (10 pts); 2) the correctness of the linguistic-communicative analyses (10 pts); the students’ critical thinking skills and capacity of autonomy (5 pts); the ability to reply to questions and make comments (5 pts);

The final mark is calculated in 30ies. Pass mark is 18. If it is less than 18, the exam is not passed and students will have to take the oral exam again.

After passing the oral exam, the final mark will be added to that of the written test, which will result in a final, average mark.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

The course aims at developing receptive and productive skills in English language at an upper-intermediate level (B2 – Vantage according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CEFR) and to get students started to the use of English for the media.
In particular, students are required to learn, know and use the main morpho-syntactic structures of English at an intermediate level, read and understand specialised texts, identify and use the basic specialised lexicon of and for the media (i.e. websites, social networks, magazines, newspapers, advertising, radio/TV, cinema) and to use basic writing strategies to write general and specific texts for the media, to speak about current events as dealt with by international media.
Students will have to learn how to consult specialised bibliographic material, databases, pronunciation dictionaries, online and print monolingual dictionaries.

The course is divided into three modules:
A) Upper Intermediate language practice (32 hrs). This module focuses on the lexico-grammar competences of English at an upper intermediate level. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are here practised based on the following grammar and functional areas. Special attention will be drawn on speaking and listening:
Time and Tense
- The simple present
- The present continuous
- The past simple
- The past continuous
- Used to and would
- The present perfect simple
- The present perfect continuous
- The past perfect
- Going to and will
- Present tenses for talking about the future
- Modals
Sentences
- Word order
- Reported speech and reporting verbs
- Relative clauses
Other verb forms
- Verbs followed by the infinitive or the –ing form
- First, second and zero conditional sentences
- The third conditional, wishes and regrets
- The passive
- Get/have something done
- Phrasal verbs
Naming and describing
- Articles
- Personal, possessive, reflexive and demonstrative pronouns
- Countable and uncountable nouns and expressions of quantity
Functional Areas
- Ways of comparing
- Possibility in the present and in the past
- Present, past and future obligation and necessity

B) The Language of the Media (32 hrs). In this module, through the analysis of authentic texts and the participation in oral (i.e. role plays) and written (i.e. functional exercises of English for special purposes – ESP) activities, students are got started in the use of specialised English for the media, the web and multimedia technologies, based on the following main topics:
- Magazines
- Newspapers
- Advertising
- Radio and TV
- Cinema and movies

C) Presentation (8 hrs). This module will address the linguistic and communicative strategies to prepare a Power Point presentation on a current affairs topic as dealt with by the media.

Required texts:
1) Thomas B., Hashemi L. 2015. Grammar and Vocabulary for First and First for Schools. Book with Answers and Audio, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107481060.
2) Ceramella, N. e E. Lee. 2008. Cambridge English for the Media. Student’s Book with Audio CDs. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521724579.

Further material (slides, notes, etc.) will be uploaded on the lecturer’s e-learning webpage (Lingua Inglese > Vicentini: http://elearning3.uninsubria.it/)

Additional optional texts (not required but recommended):
• McLoughlin L. 2000. The Language of Magazines. London: Routledge (Unit One, Unit Two, Unit Six).
• Reah, D. 2002. The Language of Newspapers. London: Routledge (Unit One, Unit Two, Unit Six).
• Goddard, A. 2002. The Language of Advertising. London: Routledge (Unit One, Unit Two, Unit Four, Unit Seven)

Desk dictionaries
A monolingual dictionary, e.g.:
• Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary, Glasgow, Harper Collins, 2006.
• Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English + DVD, London, Longman-Pearson, 2009.
Online dictionaries:
• Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary Online
http://www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/teachersites/oald7/lookup?cc=global
• Cambridge Dictionaries online
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

N.B. Dictionaries are NOT ALLOWED during the exam.

Frontal lessons: the lecturer explains the contents of the course, interacting with students through exercises, listening to authentic material in English, readings and speaking doing brief interim mock tests with guided correction.

Students are invited to email professor to set up appointments.