English Language 1 (MA)

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
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.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Teaching methods

The lessons will be held online in the days and hours scheduled and will be recorded, saved, and available on ARIEL for later consultation. Please consult ARIEL regularly for all the necessary information and updates regarding the course, including the possibility of returning to class, should the evolution of the epidemic allow it. The course will include different types of teaching methods: lectures, analysis of multimodal linguistic material, and student-teacher interaction.
The syllabus and reading list
The syllabus and reading list will remain unchanged, although the situation might determine slight changes in the way the course is held (as mentioned above).

Assessment methods and criteria
The assessment methods and criteria will remain the same whether the exam will be held in class or online, according to the needs of the situation.

Students who would like to follow the course are required to enrol via EASYAPP.
Course syllabus
The name of the course is Academic Engish. It comprises three didactic units:

A: The rules of Academic English (Pinnavaia)
B: Reading, Critical Thinking and Lexical strengthening(Pinnavaia)
C: Analysing the style of research papers (Parini)

The syllabus is valid until July 2022. The written exam only is valid until January 2022.
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.
Teaching methods
The course is delivered mainly as lectures. It also includes practical classes (esercitazioni linguistiche), for this specific section, please see the Practical Classes Syllabus.
Teaching Resources
The syllabus is the same for attending and non-attending students. Non-attending students are kindly requested to e-mail prof. Laura Pinnavaia (laura.pinnavaia@unimi.it).

Materials and slides used in class are available on the English Language 1 Ariel platfrom.

Reading list:

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 (laura.pinnavaia@unimi.it).
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 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 novels read in class (see the Practical language classes syllabus). The use of a monolingual dictionary is recommended.

The oral exam is divided into two parts:
1. Oral skills (Accertamento linguistico): oral presentation of a chosen topic regarding the novels read and discussed in the practical classes.
2. Main course oral exam: students will be asked a) to analyse a research paper chosen by the examiner, following the theories studied in Units A and C ; b) to discuss an article of their choice taken from the articles read in Unit C.

The two parts of 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 (laura.pinnavaia@unimi.it. )

Students who have special needs (DSA), please contact the 'Segreterie studenti'.
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
P.zza S. Alessandro