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Didactic period
Secondo Semestre

Training objectives

Students will achieve a level of English equivalent to a B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference, and will gain the necessary confidence in using English grammar and technical vocabulary for oral production and comprehension of scientific English.
Techniques will be taught which will allow the student to access and understand texts of a scientific nature with ease in a second language (English) with attention being paid to the assimilation of vocabulary and expressions relevant to the field of study.


A level of English equivalent to A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference

Course programme

Grammatical structures required for level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference:
use and non-use of the definite and indefinite articles; personal and possessive pronouns; comparatives and superlatives; verb tenses including present continuous, past simple, present perfect, the future with “will” and “going to”; modal verbs; the passive voice, the use of prepositions and common noun/verb + preposition combinations; conjunctions.
Functional expressions relating to the academic and working environment: language for emails, conferences, technical articles and research.
Strategies for reading technical and scientific texts including comprehension of the gist of the text; scanning, skimming, extrapolating information, intensive and extensive reading.
Technical vocabulary to describe research results, graphs and bar charts, quantities, processes and the sequencing of events.
Subject-specific vocabulary.

Didactic methods

A full-immersion into the English language, with interactive lessons based on the reference text Academic Skills and the use of PowerPoint presentations.
Use of reading, writing and listening skills. Explanation and opportunity to practise new structures and vocabulary.

Learning assessment procedures

Written exam for a total of 60 points, 5 of which from listening questions and 55 from a variety of question styles (multiple choice, short answer, true or false etc.) on grammar and language at B1 level of the CEFR, use of technical vocabulary and the comprehension of an academic text.

Reference texts

Philpot, S. (2011) Headway Academic Skils, Reading, Writing, and Study Skills Level 2, Student’s Book, Oxford University Press.
Supplementary material on the university website called “Supplementary Exercises” to be downloaded and brought to class.
For self-study:
Murphy, R. (2005) Essential Grammar In Use, Third Edition, Cambridge University Press.