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ENGLISH LANGUAGE II

CODE 61294
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/12
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    SECTIONING This unit is divided into 2 sections:
    PREREQUISITES
    Prerequisites
    You can take the exam for this unit if you passed the following exam(s):
    • Modern languages and cultures 8740 (coorte 2021/2022)
    • ENGLISH LANGUAGE I 55870
    Prerequisites (for future units)
    This unit is a prerequisite for:
    • Modern languages and cultures 8740 (coorte 2021/2022)
    • ENGLISH LANGUAGE III 65217
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This module includes an introduction to English syntax and a practical English language course at the B2.2 level.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The module Lingua Inglese II follows up the theoretical introduction to the English language and linguistics (even in a contrastive perspective with Italian), with particular attention given to grammar, and aims at developing a linguistic competence at the level B2 in the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages". 

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This module aims to:

    - introduce students to the scientific study of the English language, in particular English syntax;

    - develop students’ analytical skills,

    - bring students to the B2.2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

    At the end of the module, students will be able to: 

    - categorise words into word classes,

    - identify the form and function of phrases,

    - identify tense, aspect, mood and modality,

    - describe finite and non-finite clauses and sentences,

    - identify the major types of marked sentences.

    PREREQUISITES

    55870 Lingua Inglese I or equivalent.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The linguistics module is made up of weekly lectures (3 hours a week over 10 weeks in the first semester).

    The practical module is made up of weekly classes (4 hours a week over 20 weeks, i.e. 10 weeks per semester as well as an online course). 

    Teaching will be either face-to-face or online depending on how the pandemic evolves. 

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    English Language II 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 module ("modulo pratico" or "esercitazioni"). In the first semester, lectures will be online through Teams and Aulaweb. 

    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 (grammar, vocabulary, listening, and writing) and an oral test. The linguistics module is assessed through a written exam paper at the end of the first semester.

    The linguistics module ("modulo teorico") is an introduction to English syntax. The practical language module aims to bring students to the B2.2 level (upper end of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages B2 level). More information about the practical component will be available on Prof. Bagli's webpage on the Lingue website from September.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    > Theory module

    • Ballard, Kim. 2007 (2nd ed.). The Frameworks of English: Introducing Language Structures. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. [In particular: Chapter 2]
    • van Gelderen, Elly. 2010 (2nd ed.). An Introduction to the Grammar of English. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [From cover to cover: main textbook!]
    • Berk, Lynn. 1999. English Syntax: From Word to Discourse. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [In particular: Chapter 3 and pp. 237-249 ("Infinitive clauses")]
    • Additional compulsory material: Lecture slides will be available on Aulaweb by the beginning of the course


    > Pratical module (i.e. lettorato/esercitazioni):

    • McCarthy, Michael and Felicity O'Dell. 2001. English Vocabulary in Use: Upper-Intermediate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Murphy, Raymond. 2012 (4th ed.). English Grammar in Use (with Answers). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [for revision]

    Also useful is:

    • Swan, Michael. 2016 (4th ed.). Practical English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Lectures will start during the week of 10/10/2022. Please see https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/ for the exact schedule. 

    Class schedule

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE II A

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The linguistics module is assessed through a written paper. There are two sittings in each of the three exam sessions. Students can choose only one sitting per session and can't repeat a failed exam in the same session.

    The practical module is assessed through a written paper and an oral exam. There are two sittings in the Summer and Autumn sessions and one sitting in the Winter session. When a session has two sittings, students can choose only one sitting per session and can't repeat a failed exam in the same session.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The linguistics module is assessed through a written exam paper (the allotted time is 50 minutes). The exam paper is divided into two parts. In order to pass the test, students need to get a pass at least in the first part. In the first part, students are required to identify the word classes of words selected from a short text;  to identify the form and function of phrases in a few short sentences; to categorize a few verb groups in terms of tense, aspect, mood and modality; to classify “marked” sentences and provide their “unmarked” equivalents. In the second part, students are required to pick out phrases from a short text on the basis of their functions and to draw the syntactic tree of a short sentence.

    The practical part is assessed through a written test (grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing) and an oral test.   

    The final mark is calculated as a weighted average as follows:

    35% (of the overall mark) is the written practical part (70% of which is the computer-based test assessing grammar, vocabulary, and listening and 30% of which is the writing task),

    15% (of the overall mark) is the oral practical part,

    50% (of the overall mark) is the theory part.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Attendance is not obligatory BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

    English Language II can be attended by all 2nd year students enrolled on the LCM (Lingue e Culture Moderne) course with surnames from A to K and by Erasmus students.

    Special Needs Students should get in touch with prof. Sara Dickinson, who is in charge of coordinating Special Needs students for the Department of Modern Languages. Furthermore, students with any type of Special Need are encouraged to get in touch with prof. Bagli, in case they have specific teaching requirements.