The module comprises 36 hours of classes. About 20 hours will be devoted to practising grammar and vocabulary in order to achieve a B1-level competence in English, in accordance with CEFR standards (https://www.efset.org/english-score/cefr/b1/). The remaining time will be more specifically devoted to the study of English for communication.
The module aims to strengthen the students’ knowledge of the English language. The target level is B1 (Pre-Intermediate), in accordance with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Roughly half of the module will be devoted to a review of grammar and vocabulary. The other half will be devoted more specifically to English as used in the media, using a specific textbook, and to a critical evaluation of presentation skills, using the example of select TED talks.
The module is conceived specifically to improve direct, verbal communication skills, with an emphasis on the technical vocabulary of communication, on pronounciation, and on specific communication techniques and skills. Students will be encouraged to approach complex texts and answer simple questions about them, and familiarize with presentation skills.
Students will be actively engaged during classes, and encouraged to work at home, particularly those who fall short of the expected B1 level. For more information and syllabus materials, please check out AulaWeb (https://2021.aulaweb.unige.it/).
The module comprises two main units: one concerns basic grammar and vocabulary, with an emphasis on everyday language. Work in the classroom will have to be complemented by homework, particularly for students who are significantly behind the target B1 language skills. Students will sit a written test to verify their language skills at the end of the semester.
Separate work will be done on media communication. The aim is to provide students with some of the basic technical vocabulary used in traditional and new media. TED talks will be viewed and discussed together, aiming to introduce students to presentation skills. and improve their listening comprehension and vocabulary. Both media basics and TED evaluation will be the subject of a face-to-face interview.
For more information on the syllabus and the exams, please check out AulaWeb.
NOTE: Only one textbook will be necessary this year (face2face); materials on media communication will be made available directly on AulaWeb
1) Chris Redston & Gillie Cunningham . face2face (B1 Pre-intermediate). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press + DVD-ROM
Student’s book ISBN 978 - 1 – 107 – 42207 – 0
Workbook with key ISBN 978 – 1 – 107 – 60353 – 0
2) Materials uploaded on the module's AulaWeb page
Students with Learning Disorders: A face2face package (Student's Book and Online Workbook with Key) is also available; check out https://www.cambridge.org/
Office hours: By appointment only
LAURA PARODI (President)
Tuesday, 5 October, 10 AM -1 PM
Rooms: AN1 MA218 MA116
Proficiency in grammar and vocabulary will be assessed in a written test. On a separate day, and upon successful completion of the written test, there will be a face-to-face interview.
Those in possession of language certificates (PET, First etc.) will not have to sit the written test. All students must sit the face-to-face interview. For more information and FAQs, see AulaWeb (https://2021.aulaweb.unige.it/).
For details of the written test and the interview, see AulaWeb (https://2021.aulaweb.unige.it/).