ENGLISH LANGUAGE mutuato
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|Marie Ines Calajoe||Friday 11.30 - 12.30 - online by appointment|
Assigned to the Degree Course
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The course is finalized in acquiring the necessary skills of the English language B1 level, according to the criteria of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), with a particular emphasis on scientific language; capacity for reading and understanding English scientific text and understanding of spoken English (L2) in a scientific context; learning the specific lexicon-grammatical characteristics of scientific English texts and with particular attention dedicated to scientific reports and abstracts and their structures; and, as possible, the capacity of discussing arguments of a scientific context. The command of the English language at a B1 level is essential for operating in the field of science.
The following grammatical aspects will be covered in approximate order; Review of verbal tenses: present simple, present continuous, past simple, present perfect, the future tenses, comparatives and superlatives, modal verbs, relative pronouns, definite and indefinite articles, gerunds and infinite forms, the passive forms, prepositions and connectives.
The grammatical elements (see above), will be examined and reinforced through the readings and analysis of scientific texts and the viewing and listening to presentations and interviews (videos and podcasts) in areas of science. As well as the review of basic grammar, the following arguments relative to scientific discourse will be dealt with: the characteristics that distinguish a scientific discourse in English: nominal groups, the passive form, specific lexicon and different registers of speech. The scientific report abstracts and the use of verbal tenses that characterize them (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion); elements that add to the unity and cohesion of the text; constructions/expressions used for giving examples, expressing possibility/probability, hypothesis, describing changes and trends, arriving at conclusions; common organization of a scientific discourse and specific constructions of a scientific discourse.
It is assumed that students are already prepared with an understanding of the English language at level A2 (CEFR).
Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)
The student must demonstrate to understand and be able to use grammar correctly and to have a command of the “Use of English” in the field of science at a B1 level, according to CEFR.
The student must be capable of demonstrating that they are able to understand written texts and audio content specific to the scientific sector and answer questions and having a knowledge of the English language at a B1 level according to the CEFR.
The student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure of a scientific abstract report and answer questions regarding the contexts at a level B1, according to the CEFR.
The student must demonstrate that they studied and understood the material used in class (written texts, audio video material). All the material used in class will be available on the platform “Blended-Learning”.
The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it
Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment
- Frontal lessons and interactive participation (group activities)
- Readings and linguistic analysis of technical articles specific for the scientific field.
- PowerPoint presentations
- Grammar exercises
- Viewing and listening to scientific presentations and interviews (video/podcast) from the area of science, analyzing the content and language
and followed by comprehension questions.
Attendence is not obligatory.
- Course books
The learning material will be available, along with support material, on the Moodle › blended.uniurb.it
Suggested Text: Raymond Murphy, Raymond Murphy, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press, 5th edition (with CD).
The student must take and pass a written exam that will consist in a test with multiple choice questions and gap filling. The questions will be in regards to the material and arguments covered during the lessons, the understanding of a scientific text and/ or abstract and grammar for “Use of English”.
Additional Information for Non-Attending Students
The program and study materials are the same for attending students. The non-attending students must refer to the platform Moodle/Blended Learning for the exam study material.
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