Institutional Communication in English

A.Y. 2022/2023
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer an introduction to the theory and practice of the language of politics in an international setting, with particular reference to the Anglo-American world. Students will be introduced to communication theory, linguistics and rhetoric, and will practice analyzing texts (from political speeches to media texts) in order to develop awareness of communication techniques and manipulative language devices.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course students will have learned:
- the main models of communication
- basic notions of linguistics and rhetoric
- specialized vocabulary in the field of politics
- idioms in the field of politics and the media
- analysis tools to interrogate the language of politics
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
In case of a healthcare emergency, teaching will take place online via Teams.
The calendar and further details about the course will be published before the beginning of the course.
Course syllabus
The course aims to offer hermeneutic tools to better comprehend and analyse political discourse, with a specific focus on three main points:
1. An introduction to rhetoric and communication theory and their use in political discourse.
2. Rhetorical and thematic analysis of key texts of contemporary Anglo-American political discourse.
3. Focus on politics-related vocabulary and idioms.
Prerequisites for admission
Students need listening and reading comprehension skills at B2 CEFR level.
Teaching methods
Group work.
Assignments to be carried out during the course.
Teaching Resources
A. Beard, 2000. The Language of Politics, Routledge, New York.

Any material discussed during lessons, as well as extra reading texts and activities shared on the Ariel page for the course. Non-attending students should make contact with the professor.
Assessment methods and Criteria
A written text will have to be produced by students for assessment purposes during the exam session.
Expected exit level: B2+/C1.
Non-attending students shall contact the professor before the beginning of the course.
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professors: Grego Kim Serena, Manzella Pietro
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