English

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/12
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The objective of this course is to prepare students for English Language Communications activities. By studying English Grammar & Linguistics, building relevant Vocabulary for Communications, learning about Communication Theory, Media, Advertising Techniques, Multimodality, the principles of Rhetoric, in addition to Intercultural Communications, students will complete this course with the necessary tools to effectively communicate, both linguistically and culturally, in an international context.
Expected learning outcomes
In addition to solidifying their knowledge of both the Grammar and Culture of English Language, students will acquire the necessary skillset so as to be able to both analyze and craft strategic Communications in English for a range of activities including Written, Verbal, Nonverbal and Visual Communications. Students will also develop a knowledge of Visual Grammar, appropriate for International Communications activities.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching methods:
both videoconference lessons (Microsoft Teams) and asynchronous lessons (materials uploaded on the Ariel platform) are foreseen.
The calendar of lessons and all the details of the activities will be published by the start of the lessons on the Ariel website of the course, where any other updates will also be published.

Reference materials:
in case of lockdown, students will find all the information to access the lectures on the Ariel teaching website. Changes to the syllabus and reference material (bibliography, etc.) will be communicated through the Ariel website.
Attending students, in addition to the bibliography already reported in the syllabus and to the materials uploaded on the Ariel website, will obviously have to demonstrate knowledge of the lectures contents.
Students who decide not to take the course and participate in the videoconference lessons, will refer to the syllabus for non-attending students.
Learning assessment procedures and assessment criteria:
in case of lockdown, the exam will be written+oral and will take place electronically on the Microsoft Teams platform, according to the instructions provided by the University and which will be communicated on the Ariel teaching website.
Course syllabus
The students will learn English at an intermediate level in the context of media communication. By reading/listening/watching authentic materials, students will have the opportunity to develop lexico-grammatical and metalinguistic skills that will enable them to recognize and analyse the linguistic strategies characteristic of mass media communication in newspapers, radio and TV, internet. An introduction to communication science, to advertising techniques, to the media, to the concept of multimodality and to the principles of rhetoric will support the development of media literacy, linguistic awareness and critical thinking skills in an intercultural context. Students will not only learn specific English language skills which are relevant to their overall formation in Communication Science but will also develop their knowledge of the nature of the English language itself.

Part A: Media Communication in English

Part B: The English of Newspapers. Visual English and Advertising

Part C: Intermediate Language Practice

All students are expected to check on the course website on the Ariel online platform (https://fcuojatili.ariel.ctu.unimi.it) regularly, as new material and information will be uploaded during the course. Please do not use e-mail to require information that may be found elsewhere (www.unimi.it, https://www.unimi.it/it/corsi/facolta-e-scuole/studi-umanistici, https://www.unimi.it/it/corsi/corsi-di-laurea/scienze-umanistiche-la-co…, https://www.unimi.it/it/chi-e-dove)
Prerequisites for admission
Pre-intermediate level of English.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following frontal and interactive teaching methods: lectures with reading/listening comprehension, translation, analysis and contextualisation of texts and visual documents. Grammar and use of English activities in context. Constant involvement of students in the analytical and critical process of learning.
Teaching Resources
Syllabus for attending students

The material (texts, documents or videos) will be shown in class and uploaded to the Ariel e-learning page of the course
(https://fcuojatili.ariel.ctu.unimi.it)
Clark, C. 2007. Views in the news. A textbook. Milano: LED Edizioni Universitarie. ISBN 9788879163347. Collocazione: TESTO. 11.09 0229 (Scienze Politiche library)
Murphy, R. 2019. English Grammar in Use 5th Ed. (for Intermediate Learners of English). Book with Answers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108457651



Syllabus for non-attending students

Compulsory texts:
McCourt, J. 2003. English for Communication Science. Venezia: Cafoscarina. ISBN 9788875430085. Collocazione SP.10.01.07 0230 (Biblioteca di Scienze Politiche), Units 1, 2, 4, 10, 11 (pp. 9-31; 45-53; 113-139, 199-216).
Clark, C. 2007. Views in the news. A textbook. Milano: LED Edizioni Universitarie. ISBN 9788879163347. Collocazione: TESTO. 11.09 0229 (Biblioteca di Scienze Politiche)
Murphy, R. 2019. English Grammar in Use 5th Ed. (for Intermediate Learners of English). Book with Answers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108457651
Campbell, C. 2012. English for Academic Study: Vocabulary. Reading: Garnet Education. ISBN 978-1-90861-443-8, Part 1, pp. 5-52; 183-188: Introduction, Multi-meaning words, Word classes, Collocations, Word grammar, Answer Key.Some material and information for non-attending students will be uploaded to the Ariel e-learning online platform (section "contenuti").



Suggested further reading:

McLoughlin L. 2000. The Language of Magazines. London: Routledge (Unit One, Unit Two, Unit Six). Collocazione: 11L. B02.D. 296 (Anglistica library); SP.10. 01.07 0213 (Scienze Politiche library)
Reah, D. 2002. The Language of Newspapers. London: Routledge (Unit One, Unit Two, Unit Six). Collocazione: 11L. B02.D. 297 (Anglistica library); TESTO. 07.22 0095 (Scienze Politiche library)
Goddard, A. 2002. The Language of Advertising. London: Routledge (Unit One, Unit Two, Unit Four, Unit Seven) . Collocazione: SP.10. 01.07 0191 (Scienze Politiche library)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of a written and an oral test both assessed in thirtieths. 18 is the pass score. Students will take the written test and the oral test on the same day. The written test will ascertain the knowledge of grammar, syntax, subject specific and academic vocabulary through multiple choice answer questions and gap filling exercises. The oral test will consist in the presentation and analysis of 5 documents:
a) An advert.
b) An editorial (500 words or more).
c) e d) Two articles from newspapers or magazines (500 words or more each).
f) A film review.
The students will select the documents and analyse them following the instructions given at lesson (attendees) or the examples illustrated in the compulsory texts. All (some, at least) documents should focus on the same topic, issue or piece of news.
The oral test will ascertain 1) The lexico-grammatical propriety of the presentation (10 points). 2) The quality of the linguistic-communicative analysis of the selected documents (10 points). 3) Critical and research competence, originality in the selection of material (5 points). 4) The response in the Question and Answer session (5 points).
The overall result of the exam will be expressed in thirtieths.

Students with any disabilities or special needs are kindly requested to contact the teacher in order to agree on alternative examination methods, according to the current legislation.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours