Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CT0423 (AF:240166 AR:142358)
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 consists of a module held in the second semester and a year-round language practice course (“esercitazioni”) closely integrated with the module and co-ordinated by the Instructor. The general aim is to consolidate the metalinguistic competences needed to describe the English language and to achieve an operational competence of B2+ on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). The main focus is on providing the instruments to recognize and describe the phonemes of English, and the suprasegmental phenomena of English, using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

The expected learning outcomes are assessed in a structured exam at the end of the course (see below).

Detailed aims, with reference to the Dublin descriptors:
1 Knowledge and understanding of phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, and pragmatics; the ability to understand complex academic texts; awareness of linguistic registers; familiarity with the International Phonetic Alphabet and the suprasegmental mechanisms of English.
2 Applying knowledge and understanding: the ability to understand complex and lengthy academic texts, oral presentations and lectures in English, appropriate to the context of the course of study. The metalinguistic awareness acquired in the module should facilitate language learning in an academic context.
3 Making judgments: interpreting and synthesizing complex texts in English in an efficient and personalized way.
4 Communication skills: Level B2+ of the CEFR, for receptive skills, written production, oral production and oral interaction. Students should be able to express themselves clearly, in a structured way, and with few errors.
5 Learning skills: understanding academic texts and the ability to paraphrase them; note-taking while listening and the ability to summarize texts after listening.
B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference.
Module The Sound System of English:

Phonetics, phonology, and the IPA
Diphthongs and triphthongs
Weak forms and tonic stress
Stress timing
Connected speech phenomena
Variation in the sound system
Ongoing change
The Phonology of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)
Historical Aspects of the English Language
The Grammar–Phonology Interface


- developing comprehension skills for oral and written texts
- learning to synthesize and paraphrase academic texts
- consolidation of overall level of B2 of the CEFR.
Modulo: The Sound System of English
Peter Roach, English Phonetics and Phonology, Cambridge University Press (3rd or 4th edition), 2009.

Sarah Philpot and Lesley Curnick: Headway Academic Skills: Reading, writing and study skills - Level 3, Oxford. ISBN: 9780194741613

Christina Latham-Koenig, Clive Oxenden, and Jerry Lambert: English File Advanced (with key and downloadable ebook) ISBN: 9780194502184
written and oral
The exam is structured in two parts as follows:

1. Module
a. Transcription of individual words into the IPA;
b. Transcription of a brief text from the IPA into English
c. Short answers to theory questions (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, and pragmatics)

2. Prove integrate di scrittura e comprensione per verificare le competenze linguistiche a livello B2+ in ambito accademico:
2 Integrated test of reading and writing at level B2+
a. Synthesis (c. 200 words) of an extract from a lecture
b. Paraphrase (c. 200 words) of a written text (appropriate for the student’s chosen study plan);
c. Free standing writing activity (c. 250 words).

Oral skills will be tested during the course, and will be used to provide a bonus mark of 1 to 3 points which will be added to the final mark of the written exam (if passed).

The mark given for the module can be kept for the following exam session, within the same academic year.
Frontal. Class activities for the module will be made available on line on (ISA)

E1: Language practice with the whole group
E2: Language practice in small groups focussing on oral and writing skills
Please refer to your teacher’s home page for notices, office hours, and further information about the course.
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • Use of virtual forum, blog or wiki
Last update of the programme: 07/09/2017