This course, reserved for first year graduate students, is made up of two classes, one monographic and the other language practice. In the monographic class, the students will acquire the necessary theoretical and practical tools to stimulate critical thinking skills, enrich vocabulary use, and provide an academic framework for speaking and writing tasks. In the language practice class, passive and active language skills will be consolidated.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding of academic English both spoken and written through the analysis of newspaper articles and research papers in the humanities. Applying knowledge and understanding: in the monographic class, the ability to express oneself proficiently on current affairs issues; to analyse and comment upon the structure of an academic research paper; in the language practice class, the ability to write an argumentative essay on a literary topic.
The name of the course is Academic Engish. It comprises three didactic units:
A: Reading, Critical Thinking and Lexical strengthening (Pinnavaia) B: Presenting the rules of Academic English (Pinnavaia) C: Analysing research papers (Parini)
The syllabus is valid until July 2021. The written exam only is valid until January 2021.
Prerequisites for admission
This course is addressed to all first year students enroled in the degree course Lingue e Letterature Europee ed Extraeuropee.
The course is held entirely in English.
The course is delivered mainly as lectures. It also includes practical classes (esercitazioni linguistiche), for this specific section, please see the Practical Classes Syllabus.
The syllabus is the same for attending and non-attending students. Non-attending students are kindly requested to e-mail prof. Laura Pinnavaia (email@example.com).
Materials and slides used in class are available on the English Language 1 Ariel platfrom.
Swales, JM. & C.B. Feak, Academic Writing for Graduate Students, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, (2012) (3rd edition).
Notice for non-attending students The syllabus is the same for attending and non-attending students. Non-attending students are kindly requested to e-mail prof. Laura Pinnavaia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in a written exam and an oral discussion. The final mark is derived from the averaged total between 18/30 (minimum) and 30/30 (maximum). The written and oral exams can be taken in any order desired.
WRITTEN EXAM Written exam sessions: May, September, January.
The written exam consists in an argumentative essay on one of a list of topics studied in class in relation to the novel The Road by Cormac Mc Carthy (see the Practical language classes syllabus). The use of a monolingual dictionary is recommended.
ORAL EXAM The oral exam is divided into two parts: 1. Oral skills (Accertamento linguistico): oral presentation of a chosen topic regarding The Road read and discussed in the practical classes. 2. Main course oral exam will be based upon two articles, one in relation to unit A and one in relation to units B and C. The two articles will be chosen by the examiner and the student will be asked to present and discuss each following the approaches conveyed in each of the unit classes.
The oral skills and the main course oral exam should be taken on the same day (appello)
Oral exam assessment criteria: 1. appropriate presentation and discussion of topics, notions, and concepts; 2. discourse organisation; 3. lexical richness and accuracy; 4. lexical propriety; 5. lexical variety; 6. detailed text analysis; 7. Speaking skills in general.
The final mark is the result of the two averaged total in 1. and 2., both of them marked out of 30. International students or Erasmus students are kindly requested to contact prof. Laura Pinnavaia (email@example.com. )
Students who have special needs (DSA), please contact the 'Segreterie studenti'.