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CODE 95287
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER Annual
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course prepares the student to reach a level of knowledge and understanding of English that is equivalent to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course prepares the student to reach a level of knowledge and understanding of English that is equivalent to the B2.1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course prepares the student to reach a level of knowledge and understanding of English that is equivalent to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions.
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

The course promotes the development of the following soft skills: literacy competence, social competence, personal competence and learning to learn competence.

PREREQUISITES

Being a master's course, students should have acquired, during the three-year-degree course, a B1 English level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons are held face-to-face in the classroom for a total of 72 hours. Lesson attendance is compulsory as per the Education Regulations. The lessons will be given entirely in English with the aim of developing reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. They envisage practical exercises, communicative activities and problem-solving through collaborative learning: pairwork and groupwork. Lessons are enhanced by the use of multimedia and online resources. The teaching material is available on Microsoft Teams and/or Aulaweb. Students are advised to bring a laptop or tablet to the classroom.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

  • Listening: listening activities to develop the ability to understand speech of varying lengths and accents using a wide range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.
  • Reading: reading activities to develop the ability to understand different types of extracts taken from books, magazines and newspapers and to identify key points, details and text structure.
  • Use of English: exercises to develop grammar and lexical competence.
  • Speaking: commmunicative activities to develop the degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party and actively participate in  discussions on familiar topics while giving  and supporting opinions.
  • Writing: writing activities to develop the ability to write clear well-structured texts which analytically express points of view and  complex arguments (giving advantages and disadvantages of different options) in an appropriate style.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Grammar and Vocabulary for FIRST (and First for schools) di Barbara Thomas, Louise Hashemi, Laura Mathews - Cambridge University Press 2015

First Trainer (2nd edition) di Peter May - Cambridge University Press 2015

Supplementary material is provided at the request of student workers or students with SLD to meet their specific needs.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

JAMES LOGAN REYNOLDS (President)

MAURO GIOVANNINI

LESSONS

LESSONS START

The course will take place in the 1st and 2nd semesters. The class timetable will be available at the following link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/.

 


 

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam consists of a written exam at a B2  level. The written exam is passed if the student has obtained an overall mark equal to or over 60% and a Pass, without a mark, will be given.

  • Listening: (4 sections, 30 questions) comprehension test with multiple-choice questions, gapped sentences to complete and multiple matching  (40 minuti)
  • Reading and Use of English: (7 sections, 52 questions) grammar and vocabulary exercises with multiple-choice questions, gapped sentences to complete and word & sentence transformations. Reading comprehension with multiple-choice questions and multiple matching. (1 ora 15 minuti) 
  • Writing: (1 section) an essay of 140-190 words on a wide range of arguments expressing an opinion on a topical issue, giving advantages and disadvantages of different options in an appropriate style. (45 minutes)

There will be 3 exams available for the winter session (end of January-February) and 4 exam exams for the summer session (June, July and September). Extra exam sessions will not be granted outside the periods indicated in the study course regulations, with the exception of students outside the prescribed time.

In case of certification of specific learning disability, disability or other special educational needs, the University legislation and regulations on disability and SLD are applied. See https://unige.it/disabilita-dsa. See also the "Other information" section of this syllabus.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The written exam will test the ability to understand the key arguments of a complex text on concrete and abstract isssues, including technical discussions. The examination will assess whether the student has acquired the grammar and lexical competence at B2.1 level and whether they are able to apply them in producing a clear, detailed text on wide-ranging topical issues.

 

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
31/01/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
14/02/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
12/06/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
10/07/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
11/09/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto

FURTHER INFORMATION

In case of certification of specific learning disability, disability or other special educational needs, please contact the lecturer at the beginning of the lessons to agree on teaching and exam methods. In compliance with the teaching objectives, these will take into account individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory/dispensatory tools recognized by the University SLD Student Service.

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