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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 introduces students to English syntax and develops students’ English language skills at level B2.2 (upper B2 level).

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    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. 

    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. 

    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 + an online course).

    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 a two-semester practical module ("esercitazioni").

    Each component ("esercitazioni" 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 test at the end of the first semester.

    The linguistics module ("modulo teorico") is an introduction to English syntax and aims to enable students

    - to categorise words into word classes,

    - to learn about the form and function of phrases,

    - to identify tense, aspect, mood and modality,

    - to describe finite and non-finite clauses and sentences,

    - to identify the major types of marked sentences,

    - to draw syntactic trees.

    The practical language module aims to bring students to level B2.2 (upper end of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages B2 level) through reading, writing and speaking activities as well as vocabulary/grammar exercises.

    The syllabus for attenders and non-attenders is the same.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    For the theory part:

    Ballard, Kim. 2007 (2nd ed.). The Frameworks of English: Introducing Language Structures. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. [Chapter 2]

    van Gelderen, Elly. 2010 (2nd ed.). An Introduction to the Grammar of English. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [textbook]

    Berk, Lynn. 1999. English Syntax: From Word to Discourse. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Chapter 3 and pp. 237-249 ("Infinitive clauses")]

     

    For the pratical part (i.e. esercitazioni):

    Dellar, Hugh and Andrew Walkey. 2016. (2nd ed.) Outcomes: Upper Intermediate. National Geographic Learning/Cencage Learning. (ISBN-13: 978-1-305-65190-6)
     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Week of the 3rd October.

    Class schedule

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE II B

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The linguistics module is assessed through a written paper.

    The practical module is assessed through a written test and an oral test.

    The exam for attenders and non-attenders is the same.

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The linguistics module is assessed through a written test. The test 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 based on their functions and to draw the syntactic tree of a short sentence.

    The practical part is assessed through a written test (‘Use of English’, reading, listening and writing tasks) and an oral test (a general English conversation).   

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Attendance is not obligatory BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

    Special needs students should contact Prof. Sara Dickinson (sara.dickinson@unige.it).