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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION I

CODE 55887
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 12 cfu during the 1st year of 8741 TEORIE E TECNICHE DELLA MEDIAZIONE INTERLINGUISTICA (L-12) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/12
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    PREREQUISITES
    Prerequisites (for future units)
    This unit is a prerequisite for:
    • Theories and techniques of interlingual mediation 8741 (coorte 2021/2022)
    • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION II 61329
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    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

    Exam Board

    CRISTIANO BROCCIAS (President)

    ANNALISA BAICCHI

    LESSONS

    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.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    27/01/2022 11:00 GENOVA Compitino Le modalità dell'esame (se in presenza o a distanza) verranno rese note appena possibile.
    10/02/2022 12:00 GENOVA Compitino Le modalità dell'esame (se in presenza o a distanza) verranno rese note appena possibile.
    23/05/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto L'esame sarà in presenza. Informazioni sulle aule verranno inviate per email agli iscritti in prossimità dell'esame.
    07/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Compitino L'esame sarà in presenza. Informazioni sulle aule verranno inviate per email agli iscritti il venerdì precedente la data dell'esame.
    27/06/2022 12:00 GENOVA Compitino L'esame sarà in presenza. Informazioni sulle aule verranno inviate per email agli iscritti il venerdì precedente la data dell'esame.
    06/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto Aula L (Polo)
    13/09/2022 11:00 GENOVA Compitino I dettagli relativi all'aula verranno comunicati ai partecipanti per email il venerdì precedente la data dell'esame.
    28/09/2022 12:00 GENOVA Compitino I dettagli relativi all'aula verranno comunicati ai partecipanti per email il venerdì precedente la data dell'esame.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    There will be a specific Aulaweb page for this module.