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Training objectives

Students will acquire English speaking and writing skills (B2 level) with a focus on communicative and cultural competence. In particular, students will gain a good knowledge of lexical and pragmatic aspects, will learn to translate short texts from Italian into English with and without the use of the dictionary. Students will develop textual skills through stylistic strategies and awareness of English speaking culture.


B1 level of English in all four skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening.

Course programme

The aim of the course is to develop students’ skills in the main phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic aspects of the English language, based on knowledge acquired in the first year and to provide additional descriptive and metalinguistic tools essential for
the development of the understanding of the language through the study of a variety of texts. Classes taught by English instructors will delve into spelling, phonetic, morphological and lexical aspects through readings, written compositions and conversation. During the year, the theoretical module taught by the main teacher will analyse various aspects of current English culture in the UK. The interactive nature of the course requires active participation in the classroom during the face-to-face lessons that will be enriched by practical exercises and the consultation of materials provided by the teacher.

Didactic methods

The course includes: 1. Practical language lessons with native speakers from September to May; 2. Theoretical lessons held by the main teacher throughout the year. As regards the practical language lessons, students are divided into groups in order to allow them to deepen the study of English grammar and acquire a language and communication proficiency at least equivalent to the B2 level. The theoretical module introduces various concepts and methodologies to help students analyse culture in the UK, and texts and other examples will be explored.

Learning assessment procedures

The written and oral examinations will take place starting from June 2023.
The written exam is aimed at assessment of grammatical and lexical knowledge through exercises, a reading comprehension task and a short translation from Italian to English. The written exam focuses on the contents of the language lessons and the theoretical course. Monolingual or bilingual dictionaries are not allowed.
The oral exam in English focuses on the topics covered in the theoretical lessons and the set book.
ONLY students attending the course regularly will be allowed to take a partial written exam at the end of the first semester and a partial written exam at the end of the first and second semester. If students pass both exams, they will have direct access to the oral exam without the need to take the final written exam. If students pass both partial exams, the average grades of the two partial tests will be the grade by which they will access the oral exam.

Reference texts

C. Latham Koenig, C. Oxenden, K. Chomacki, English File Digital Gold Upper Intermediate (B2): Student's Book, Workbook and eBook, Oxford University Press, Fourth Edition.
M.Swan, 'A Practical English Usage' OUP

Obligatory reading: Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451" (Edizione consigliata: Harper Voyager 2008).
Optional culture reader:
James O'Driscoll, "Britain for Learners of English", Oxford University Press, 2009 - all chapters.
Other cultural texts:
Akala (Kingslee Daley), "Natives - Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire", London, Two Roads (Hodder and Stoughton), 2018

Kate Fox, "Watching the English" (Hodder and Stoughton, 2004)
Il Ragazzini 2017. Dizionario inglese-italiano/italiano-inglese, Bologna, Zanichelli, or equivalent.

Oxford English Dictionary, latest edition, or equivalent.