Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT007P (AF:232865 AR:117870)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Class 2
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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The course is for the students in the International Politics curriculum (surnames M to Z only).

The course consists of a Professor's module held in the second semester and a year round language practice course ("esercitazioni") closely integrated with the module and coordinated by the Professor. The general aim is to consolidate the metalinguistic competences needed to understand the English language as it is used in English-speaking countries as well as in everyday communicative situations (both in general and in academic or specialized contexts).

Knowledge and understanding:
The student will gain theoretical and applied knowledge of the English language as it is used in English-speaking countries (as L1 and L2) as well as lingua franca in communicative contexts that include everyday as also academic and specialized situations. The course will have a particular focus on the English morphology, syntax and discourse organization from a diachronic and a synchronic perspective.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student will be able to understand, analyse and produce autonomously multimodal texts in English produced for specific communicative contexts. The students will also be able to individuate the register and the discipline of the texts, analysing them from a diaphasic, diamesic and diachronic perspective.

Making judgements:
The student will be able to analyse complex texts written in English.

The student will be able to appropriately interact and discuss the extra-linguistic factors (socio-cultural, historical and political) that induce linguistic variation and change in English. In so doing, the student will demonstrate they have reached the C1 level of the CEFR.

Learning skills:
The student will be able to select appropriate bibliographical sources (printed and in digital form) to enhance their knowledge on the topics studied in the Professor’s module as well as their general linguistic competence. In the following academic year, the student will take advantage of what they have learned in the English Language 2 course to study the contents of the English Language 3 course. The student will be able to self-assess their progress with respect to their metalinguistic and communicative competence in English.
B2+ level of the CEFR, obtained after having successfully passed the English Language 1 course.
Title of the theoretical module: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH IN DISCOURSE

The theoretical module will provide the student with some preliminary theoretical and methodological frameworks that they will use to understand, analyse and produce texts in English produced in everyday, academic and specialized communicative contexts. In particular, the student will observe and analyse the lexicogrammatical features and the organizational structure of authentic multimodal texts relevant to the field of International Politics from diaphasic, diamesic, diachronic and synchronic perspectives. The contents provided by the theoretical module will be put into practice during the "esercitazioni" with the CEL.
Professor’s module (attenders and non-attenders):
- Coccetta, Francesca (2016). Access to Discourse in English through Text Analysis. A Preparatory Guide for Undergraduate Students. Como-Pavia: IBIS.
- Dispense caricate in Moodle (http://moodle.unive.it/ ).

Reference book for the specific terminology used in the Professor’s module:
- Biber, Douglas, Conrad, Susan, Leech, Geoffrey (2002). Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Harlow: Longman

Optional suggested reading list:
- Baldry, Anthony / Thibault, Paul (2006). Multimodal Transcription and Text Analysis. A Multimedia Toolkit and Coursebook. London and Oakville: Equinox.
- Biber, Douglas / Conrad, Susan (2009). Register, Genre, and Style. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Eggins, Suzanne (2004). An Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics. Second Edition. London and New York: Continuum.
- Eggins, Suzanne / Slade, Diana (2006). Analysing Casual Conversation. London and New York: Equinox.
- Gotti, Maurizio (2011). Investigating Specialized Discourse. New Edition. Bern: Peter Lang.
- Halliday, M.A.K / Hasan, Ruqaiya (1989). Language, Context, and Text: Aspects of Language in a Social-semiotic Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Halliday, M.A.K. / Martin, J.R. (eds.) (1993). Writing Science. Literacy and Discursive Power. London and New York: Routledge.
- Hyon, Sunny (1996). "Genre in Three Traditions: Implications for ESL". TESOL Quarterly, 30/4, pp. 693-722.
- Kress, Gunther / van Leeuwen, Theo ([1996] 2006). Reading Images. The Grammar of Visual Design. Second Edition. London and New York: Routledge.
- Sindoni, Maria Grazia (2011). Systemic-functional Grammar and Multimodal Studies. An Introduction with Text Analysis. Como-Pavia: IBIS.
- Swales, John (1990). Genre Analysis. English in Academic and Research Settings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Swales, John (2004). Research Genres. Explorations and Applications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Coursebooks for the language practice classes with the CEL:
- Oxenden, Clive / Latham-Koenig, Christina / Seligson, Paul (2010). New English File Advanced. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [class]
- Boyle, Mike / Warwick, Lindsay (2014). Skillful Reading and Writing. London: Macmillan. [class]
- Paterson, Ken / Wedge, Roberta (2013). Oxford Grammar for EAP: English Grammar and Practice for Academic Purposes. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [reference book]
The English Language 2 exam is composed of two parts: assessment for the theoretical module and language test.

The theoretical part is assessed in a structured written exam to test the student's competence in the theoretical contents provided in the theoretical module.

The language test will assess whether the student can apply the theoretical notions of the module to the production of a written academic text. The listening comprehension at the C1 level of an academic text (e.g. a TED Talk) will be assessed through short answers.

1 to 3 extra marks to the final mark can be added by taking the SPEAKING test, to be taken with one of the CELs during the academic year. The Speaking test is not compulsory but the student is warmly encouraged to take it.

To pass the language test, the student has to reach the mark of at least 18. The language test will not be marked if the student has not passed the Professor's module. The Professor's module and the language test will be taken on the same day. For further information, please contact Professor Coccetta (francesca.coccetta@unive.it).
The English Language 2 course is composed of two parts:
1. Theoretical module (Professor Francesca Coccetta)
2. Language practice ("esercitazioni") with the CEL to develop the C1 level (written and spoken language)

Traditional teaching methods will be integrated with the use of multimedia resources and by the students' active participation to the class activities given by the Professor aiming to train the student in identifying and analysing the lexicogrammatical features and organizational structure of multimodal texts.
Please note that:
- the Professor's module starts in the second semester;
- the module materials will be available on Moodle;
- the CEL classes start in the first semester and end in May 2018.

The students who attended the course in the previous academic years should contact Professor Coccetta (francesca.coccetta@unive.it) to agree on the contents of the exam.
  • University credits of sustainability: 6
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • E-learning, moodle platforms
Last update of the programme: 18/01/2018