1. Knowledge and understanding
Module: Pragmatics (theory of speech acts, Theory of relevance, Theory of argumentation), pragmatic notions (speech act, Cooperative Principle, Principle of relevance); discourse markers, textual properties (adequacy, coherence, cohesion), textual tipology, argumentative discourse, Spanish language for academic purposes.
Yearlong course: grammatical, lexical, pragmatic and discursive contents at C1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
2.Applying knowledge and understanding
Be able to recognize the different types of speech act; to distinguish between decoded meanings and inferred meanings; to distinguish between lexical meaning and procedural meaning; to identify the different types of discourse markers in Spanish; to describe the grammatical and semantic features of the most frequent discourse markers in Spanish as opposed to those of Italian language; to recognize the impact of the diaphasic variation on the discourse; to recognize and explain the units and mechanisms of textual cohesion, connection, coherence and adequacy; to recognize the main linguistic and pragmatic features of the Spanish academic discourse; to understand and produce written and oral texts with the degree of correction, coherence and adequacy required at the level C1 of the CEFR; to interact in a colloquial conversation with the degree of adequacy required at the level C1 of the CEFR.
3. Making judgments
Ability to gather the relevant data to make judgments about the discursivity and the adequacy of the text; to apply the theoretical and methodological knowledge to the interpretation of the discourse data; to integrate class notes and readings with the information obtained in the on-line sources suggested by the teacher.
4. Communication skills
Being able to explain the linguistic topics of the module in a clear, well-structured, academic written test; to expose and argue on a linguistic topic or on current social topic or cultural issue with the degree of fluency, correction and adequacy expected at the level C1 of the CEFR for the oral academic presentations; to interact with the degree of fluency and adequacy expected at the C1 level.
5. Learning skills
Capacity for analysis and synthesis; for self-assessment, for bibliographical research and for planning and drafting the final thesis research.