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CODE 61342
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/12
LANGUAGE English
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER Annual
PREREQUISITES
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TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course introduces the students to Cognitive Linguistics. This linguistic paradigm conceives of language as an integrated part of human cognition. Special attention will be devoted to the robust contribution of Cognitive Linguistics to English language acquisition and teaching. 

The course is flanked by a practical English language module ("esercitazioni") that brings students to the C2.1 level of CEFR. 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The English Language 2 course continues the theoretical introduction to English language and linguistics by placing the focus on cognitive and functional principles that motivate meaning construction. The course includes a practical English language module at the C2 Level of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to:

  • provide students with basic theoretical and methodological knowledge in the field of Cognitive Linguistics;

  • lead students to learn how to apply cognitivist principles to the study and analysis of the English language;

  • apply Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Construction Grammar to Second Language Learning and Teaching;

  • arise students’ awareness of the relationship between linguistic structure, conceptual structure, and the nature of the embodied human experience;

  • foster awareness of research methodology and prompt group discussion and presentation of some linguistic phenomena to be agreed upon with the lecturer.

 

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

KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING:

  • master the basic theoretical principles of Cognitive Linguistics;

  • identify the close relationship between language and thought;

  • distinguish the relationship that Cognitive Linguistics holds with other theoretical frameworks of Linguistics (e.g., Structuralism and Generativism), as well as the major relevance of Interpretive Semiotics (Ch. S. Peirce) than Structural Semiotics (F. de Saussure).

 

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE & MAKING JUDGEMENTS:

  • apply the models and principles of Cognitive Linguistics to the analysis of several phenomena of the English language;

  • conduct research of selected linguistic phenomena;

  • identify and apply the tenets of Cognitive Linguistics to language learning and teaching.

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • discuss in class personal opinions and ideas based on the assumptions of Cognitive Linguistics with clarity and effectiveness;

  • deliver presentations on a range of topics in Cognitive Linguistics to peers during classes.

 

LEARNING SKILLS:

  • analyse English data mainly related to syntax, lexis, and pragmatics;

  • develop learning and reflection skills in the field of Cognitive Linguistics and its applications.

 

 

 

 

PREREQUISITES

Attainment of “Lingua Inglese I” (code 55920). 

TEACHING METHODS

English Language II (LM) is divided into two parts, a one-semester linguistics module ("theoretical module") and a two-semester practical module ( "esercitazioni"). 

The linguistics module ("theoretical module") is an introduction to English Cognitive Linguistics. Students are required to actively lead and participate in class discussions, also delivering -during the lessons- PowerPoint presentations of readings and research assignments on topics agreed upon with the lecturer

The practical language module aims to bring students to the C2.1 level (upper end of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 

 

Attendance is strongly recommended.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course aims to provide students with basic theoretical and methodological knowledge in the field of Cognitive Linguistics; to lead students to learn how to apply cognitivist principles to the study and analysis of the English language; to make them aware of how to apply Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Construction Grammar to Second Language Learning and Teaching;  to arise students’ awareness of the relationship between linguistic structure, conceptual structure, and the nature of the embodied human experience; to foster awareness of research methodology and prompt group discussion and presentation of some linguistic phenomena to be agreed upon with the lecturer.

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

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

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

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

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Theoretical Module:

Littlemore, Jeannette & Low, Graham. 2006. Figurative Thinking and Foreign Language Learning. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Further material will be uploaded on AulaWeb.

 

Practical Module:

A.A. V.V. 2021. Roadmap: C1/C2. London: Pearson. 

Mauk, David, et al. 2022. American Civilization: An Introduction. London: Routledge.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

ANNALISA BAICCHI (President)

CRISTIANO BROCCIAS

LESSONS

LESSONS START

October 2023.

 

Class schedule

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Each component ("linguistics module" and " practical language module") is assessed separately.

The linguistics module is assessed through a written exam paper, which includes open questions and exercises, at the end of the first semester. There are two sittings in each of the three exam sessions. Students can choose only one sitting per session and cannot repeat a failed exam in the same session.

The practical module is assessed at the end of the second semester through a written exam paper (summary + use of English). There are two sittings in each of the three exam sessions. Students can choose only one sitting per session and cannot repeat a failed test in the same session.

 

 

Calendario Esami:

sessione estiva:

Date Time Location Type Note
30.05.2023 9.00 GENOVA scritto

aula H, I (h. 9-11)  +  

aula A, B (h.11-13)

07.06.2023 10 GENOVA compitino (MT) aula 15 (AdP)
27.06.2023 11 GENOVA compitino (MT) aula 15 (AdP)

 

sessione autunnale:

Date Time Location Type Note
12.09.2023 9 GENOVA scritto

aula H, I (h. 9-11)  +

aula A, B (h. 11.13)

13.09.2023 10 GENOVA compitino (MT) aula 15 (AdP)
26.09.2023 14 GENOVA scritto

aula H, I (h. 14-16)  +

aula A, B (h. 16-18)

28.092023 11 GENOVA compitino (MT) aula 15 (AdP)
 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The final mark is calculated as follows:

50% (of the overall mark) is the linguistics module.

50% (of the overall mark) is the practical module.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
29/01/2024 09:00 GENOVA Scritto aula CLAT
01/02/2024 10:00 GENOVA Compitino aula (15) AdP
15/02/2024 11:00 GENOVA Compitino aula 15 (AdP)

FURTHER INFORMATION

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

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