English for Communication in Management

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/12
Language
English
Learning objectives
In line with the general objectives of the university course Labour and Management (LAM), this course is aimed at providing students with linguistic means and strategies which could enable them to interact in English both in private or public companies.
To reach this objective the teacher will try to foster the basic communicative skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. As regards the skill of listening this will be improved thanks to the guided comprehension of BBC and CNN news and TED.COM videos.
The same goes for reading since the students will be guided in analysing articles from famous magazines or newspapers dealing with current affairs about economics and international politics. These articles will be analysed from the grammatical and lexical point of view and their specific vocabulary will be recorded in a glossary. The same articles will be used by the teacher to prompt discussions and so to foster speaking. Moreover the speaking skill will be spurred by the use of models which would mock real situations at work, here students will be asked to perform roleplays or write documents.
Finally, in order to learn more complex grammar structures and specific vocabulary corresponding to the B2 level students will be provided with frontal grammar lessons and with FCE activities.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course students are expected to become independent users of the language as it is requested by the B2 level within the European Common Framework. This means that they should use more complex grammar structures and specific language and to be clear, accurate and logical in organizing their writing and speeches.
Students are supposed to describe the historical, scientific and economic process which has led English to become a 'lingua franca' in the world in connection to the globalization. In addition to that students should become more aware of their future professional role by describing the functions and duties of a HR manager within a company organization.
At the end of the course students should be able to understand any text about economics and politics and to connect it with their prior knowledge drawn from their university studies.
At the same time students are supposed to write e-mails, formal letters, memos, CVs and reports in English as well as to lead meetings, negotiations, telephone calls, interviews. In conclusion students should design and carry out a presentation about a topic they choose according to the instructions provided by the teacher during the course. Their arguments should be based on reliable sources presented in a bibliography.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second trimester
Should the emergency situation continue, with the consequent implementation of the COVID-19 containment measures, the lessons will be regularly delivered following the university guidelines.
Course syllabus
MODULE 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH AS GLOBAL LANGUAGE AND ESP.
English as 'Lingua franca': outlines of English language development and its impact on the world politics, economics and science. Study skills : how to learn and memorize vocabulary Introduction to language skills : reading, writing , listening, speaking. Introduction to text analysis. Vocabulary and grammar revision.

MODULE 2: WRITTEN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Reading skills : skimming and scanning newspapers and specialized articles about business.
Writings skills: patterns of written formal and informal communication. Use of linkers, chunks of language and specific vocabulary. Samples of memos, letters, faxes, e-mails, reports, CVs, the cover letter.
Vocabulary and Grammar Revision

MODULE 3: SPOKEN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION
Spoken workplace communication skills. Listening Skills: short telephone conversations and teleconferencing, discussions and presentations. Speaking skills: making presentations, presenting an argument, participating in meetings. Focus on language functions and patterns, persuasive and argumentative speech. Case studies.
Vocabulary and Grammar Revision

Coursebook:
English for Law, Business & Entrepreneurship (Nicola Pelizzari)
Libreria Universitaria Edizioni
ISBN 8833593967
Prerequisites for admission
Before starting this course students should have acquired a fairly good competence in English level B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). We strongly suggest further practice of basic skills for those who do not have this prerequisite.
Teaching methods
Each face-to-face lesson will deal with a specific topic while considering particular linguistic features typical of legal and academic institutions. The theoretical explanations will be accompanied by exercises and analyses to consolidate the content of the lesson.
Teaching Resources
Coursebook:
English for Law, Business & Entrepreneurship (Nicola Pelizzari)
Libreria Universitaria Edizioni
ISBN 8833593967
Slides and practice material will be given during the lessons, they should be considered as part of the course
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be written for all candidates and will last 45 minutes. Candidates will be asked to answer open-ended and multiple-choice questions regarding the topics and notions that have been presented during the lessons. Same type of exam will be applied both to attending/non-attending students. It is strongly recommended that students attend the full course.
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Pelizzari Nicola
Professor(s)
Reception:
13.30 Thursday
Private meeting room on Microsoft Teams - Schedule an appointment - nicola.pelizzari@unimi.it