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Secondo Semestre

Training objectives

Students will achieve a level of English equivalent to a B2 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 field-specific English.
Techniques will be taught which will allow the student to access and understand texts of a technical nature with ease in a second language (English) with attention being paid to the assimilation of vocabulary and expressions relevant to the scientific field.


A level of English equivalent to B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference.

Course programme

Grammatical structures required for level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference:
• countable and uncountable nouns
• comparatives and superlatives
• verbs with gerund and infinitive
• verb tenses including present continuous, past simple, past continuous, past perfect, present perfect, present perfect continuous, the future with “will” and “going to”, future continuous
• modal verbs
• reported speech
• the passive voice
• relative pronouns and relative clauses
• the use of prepositions and common noun/verb + preposition combinations
• conjunctions
• zero/ first/ second and third conditionals
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

Lessons will be held by native speaker teachers, and will be either asynchronous lessons or face-to-face lessons dependingo n the Covid-19 rules at the moment. The lessons present the target language and functions in a variety of ways including analysis of technical texts from which field-specific lexis and grammar structures will be extrapolated and examined. The student will have the opportunity to ask for clarification and feedback on points covered by the lessons, as well as put into practice the grammar points and vocabulary items that have been introduced in the previous lessons.

Learning assessment procedures

Exams may be carried out either remotely (Moodle Platform) or in presence depending on the regulatory and/or epidemiological context.

Final written exam for a total of 31 questions, with a variety of question styles (multiple choice, true or false etc.) on grammar and language at B2 level of the CEFR, use of technical vocabulary and the comprehension of an academic text. A mock exam, with correction, will be included as a part of the course.
Each question is worth 1 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.

AFTER PASSING THE WRITTEN EXAM, the student can either record the written exam's mark, or take an ORAL EXAM with the supervisor of the course who will GIVE THE FINAL MARK AND RECORD IT. The oral exam consists in the reading comprehension of a short scientific text dealing with mathematics. NO MATHEMATICAL KNOWLEDGE WILL BE TESTED.

Reference texts

Oxford Practice Grammar Intermediate with Key, J. Eastwood, Oxford University Press (2019)

Subject specific didactic material will be made available by the teacher.