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Primo Semestre

Training objectives

Students will acquire a knowledge of subject-specific English relating to the field of Information and Communications technology. They will study morphosyntactic elements at a linguistic level equivalent to B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference, and will learn lexis, phrases and functions relevant to the field of Information and Communications technology. There will also be the opportunity to approach reading scientific texts in English, and to develop passive awareness of grammar and specific vocabulary.


Students should have a level of English equivalent to A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference.

Course programme

The course is divided into two parts, the first of which consists of 24 hours of grammar lessons at level B1 of the European Framework of Reference, whilst the other 24 hours will cover specific English relating to Information and Communications technology. This latter part will focus on the main topics of computing language helping the student to acquire specialised vocabulary, develop reading and aural comprehension skills when faced with technical and scientific terms and learn structures and functions commonly used in the field.
The grammar part of the course covers the following points:
Determiners, Quantifiers and Articles
Present Tenses
Past Tenses
Future Tenses
Adjectives and Adverbs
Comparatives and Superlatives
Relative Pronouns and Relative Clauses
The Passive
Conditional Clauses (zero, first, second and third)
Direct and Indirect Speech

The subject-specific English lessons will make use of a scientific textbook and will cover the following points:
Lesson 1: The future of computer science and ICT pg.16-18
Lesson 2: ICT and society pg. 22-26
Lesson 3: The binary system and the units of measure pg.32
Lesson 4: The electronics of computers pg.60-62pg.
Lesson 5: The structure of computers pg.66-68
Lesson 6: Interactive - – feedback, question & answer and practice of content from lessons 1 – 5
Lesson 7: Computer Languages: low-level and high-level pgs.102
Lesson 8: First, second and third generation languages pg.104-106
Lesson 9: Fourth and fifth generation languages pg. 108-110
Lesson 10: Computer programming pg.112
Lesson 11: Progress Test
Lesson 12: Interactive – feedback, question & answer and practice of content from lessons 7 – 11
Lesson 13: Writing, testing and documenting a program pg.122-124
Lesson 14: Main Software pg.150
Lesson 15: Graphics Software pg.162
Lesson 16: GPS, virtual reality and video games pg.172
Lesson 17: Communication networks pg.198
Lesson 18: Interactive - feedback, question & answer and practice of content from lessons 13 – 17
Lesson 19: Sharing on-line pg.226
Lesson 20: Computer threats pg.252
Lesson 21: Cryptography and risks pg.262-265
Lesson 22: Network security pg.268
Lesson 23: Mock exam
Lesson 24: Final revision and mock feedback, question & answer and practice of content from lessons 19 – 23

Didactic methods

The course will be divided in two parts: 24 hours of grammar at B1 level which will be recorded as video-lessons and can be viewed using the e-learning platform, and which will be accessible to students who log in using their UNIFE credentials; 24 hours of subject-specific classes held by native speaker teachers focussing on English for Specific Purposes (ESP). The ESP part of the course will follow a cycle of five asynchronous lessons followed by an interactive session in which students will be able to ask for clarification and feedback on points covered, as well as put into practice the language that has been introduced in the previous lessons. The asynchronous lessons present the technical language and functions in a variety of ways including analysis of technical / scientific texts from which field-specific lexis will be extrapolated and examined.

Learning assessment procedures

Exams may be carried out either remotely (Moodle Platform) or in presence depending on the regulatory and/or epidemiological context.
The final exam will focus both on the grammar part and the lexis/structures part of the course. It will consist of 15 questions relating to the grammar points studied in the video-lessons followed by 16 questions relating to the topics covered in the ESP lessons.
Each question is worth one point, and leaving the answer blank counts as a mistake in the same way as an incorrect answer.
The score in “trentesimi” is calculated by adding up the total number of correct answers given.

Reference texts

For the grammar module:
Reader available online on the unife site (in the reserved area- login required)
For the ESP module:
Bit by Bit – English for Information and Communications Technology, D.Ardu, M.G. Bellino, G. Di Giorgio – EDISCO (2018)