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Professor
DANIELA FRANCESCA VIRDIS (Tit.)
Period
Annual 
Teaching style
Convenzionale 
Lingua Insegnamento
INGLESE 



Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[32/19]  LANGUAGES AND CULTURES FOR LINGUISTIC MEDIATION [19/00 - Ord. 2011]  PERCORSO COMUNE 9 111

Objectives

After attending both the theoretical part and the practical part of the English Language 3 course, students will:
1. Have acquired written and oral linguistic and metalinguistic competence at the B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
2. Be able to provide a theoretical and analytical description of a text featuring an authentic or fictional communicative interaction by means of a pragmatic approach and the specialised language and terminology of the discipline. Students will be able to define the main topics and theories developed by studies on English pragmatics and to utilise them in the examination of the structure of communicative interaction. The competences acquired in this discipline will be particularly useful when applied to the fields of translation, interlanguage contact and linguistic and cultural mediation, and will help students to identify and solve problems arising from linguistic and cultural exchanges at several linguistic levels.

Prerequisites

English Language 2 (B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Contents

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
PRAGMATICS (Theoretical Part) – 20 hours
Theoretical lessons, or English linguistics
1. Definitions and background
2. Deixis and distance
3. Reference and inference
4. Presupposition and entailment
5. Cooperation and implicature
6. Speech acts and events
7. Politeness and interaction
8. Conversation and preference structure
9. Discourse and culture

GENERAL ENGLISH B2/C1 LEVEL (Practical Part)
Practical classes, or general English (Esercitazioni)
General English practical classes taught by language teachers. Their objective is acquiring linguistic competence at a B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The classes will be taught from October to May with no interruption; in January and February, during the exam weeks, they will have a reduced schedule. For the timetable, please visit the faculty website.
SYLLABUS: (students will be tested on the following grammatical and lexical structures which, therefore, should be covered during classroom time).
As a general rule, the grammatical and lexical forms which are included in the programmes for the inferior levels – English Language 2 (B2 level) in this case – are to be considered as an integral part of the following syllabus.
GRAMMAR - 9 AND 12 CREDITS
In addition to grammar learnt in Year 2
 Discourse Markers (Linkers)
 Have
 Narrative Tenses
 Get
 Speculation and Deduction (Modals)
 Inversion
 Unreal Uses of Past Tenses
 Discourse Markers
 Gerund and Infinitive
 Conditionals
 Permission, Obligation and Necessity (Modals)
 The Future
 Cleft Sentences
 So and Such
 Comparison

VOCABULARY:
• Work
• Family
• Personality
• Time
• Get
• Describing Books and Films
• Money
• Phone Language
• Health and Medicine
• Travel and Tourism
• Humour
• Phrasal Verbs
• Compound Adjectives
• Prefixes
• Confusing Words

GRAMMAR – 6 CREDITS
In addition to grammar learnt in Year 2
 Discourse Markers (Linkers)
 Have
 Narrative Tenses
 Get
 Speculation and Deduction (Modals)
 Inversion
 Unreal Uses of Past Tenses
 Gerund and Infinitive

VOCABULARY:
• Work
• Family
• Personality
• Time
• Get
• Describing Books and Films
• Money
• Phone Language
• Health and Medicine
• Phrasal Verbs
• Compound Adjectives
• Prefixes
• Confusing Words

Teaching Methods

Theoretical lectures (20 hours), or English linguistics, and practical classes, or general English (Esercitazioni).
The general English practical classes will be taught both in classrooms and multimedia labs. The lab classes will be an integral part of the entire course and will prepare the students for the final written exam.
Attending lectures and classes is not compulsory but is highly recommended.

Verification of learning

The final exam will consist of a written exam on the general English practical part, followed by an oral exam on the English linguistics theoretical part.

PRAGMATICS (Theoretical Part)
Theoretical lessons, or English linguistics
The competence in the English linguistics theoretical part will be assessed by means of an oral exam. The exam will test the achievement of the teaching objectives and the learning results as described in this official exam programme. During the oral exam, the students will be able to show that: 1. They have acquired theoretical competence in the discipline, along with its specialised language and terminology; 2. They can apply that theoretical competence to the analysis of samples of communicative interactions and discuss their features and strategies.
The sample (a short conversation or dialogue) will be 3-5 turns long and will be chosen by the student (please hand in a paper copy to the lecturer during the exam). The sample can be drawn from various text-types, for instance the student’s own personal experience, film and TV series dialogues, direct speech in newspaper and magazine articles, direct speech in literary texts, etc. The sample cannot be taken from the lessons or from the textbook, and cannot be borrowed from another student. The student will examine the sample by means of the different theories presented during the lessons and in the textbook. The analysis of the sample will only serve as the basis for the entire oral exam. Students without the sample cannot be admitted to the oral exam.

GENERAL ENGLISH B2/C1 LEVEL (Practical Part)
Practical classes, or general English (Esercitazioni)
The students’ linguistic competence in the general English practical part will be assessed by means of a B2/C1-level written exam in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The exam will consist of four different tests: two in the lab (listening + multiple choice) and two in a classroom (reading comprehension + writing). The lab tests will be aimed at assessing the students’ abilities to understand the language used by both Anglophone native speakers (British, American, Australian, etc.) and ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) speakers. The lab tests will also be aimed at assessing the students’ grammatical and lexical knowledge. The classroom tests will assess the students’ skills at reading and writing short texts of various types, mainly academic texts.
For further and updated information, please visit https://www.unica.it/unica/page/it/informazioni_prove_scritte_lingua_inglese_e_validita_prove_scritte?contentId=MAT243951.
Recently-issued international certifications of English language, such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, can replace the entire written exam or parts of it: please see https://www.unica.it/unica/page/it/external_certifications_of_english_language__information_and_table_of_equivalences_it_1?contentId=MAT243955. With regard to certifications issued by the Cagliari University Language Centre, please contact the lecturer during her office hours.

Texts

1. G. Yule, 1996, Pragmatics, Oxford: Oxford University Press (all chapters);
2. C. Oxenden and C. Latham Koenig, English File Third Edition Advanced, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The syllabus is the same for both students who attend lessons and classes and students who do not. Non-attending students are not required to study any extra material.

More Information

For further information and updates please see https://www.unica.it/unica/it/ateneo_s07_ss01.page?contentId=SHD30939

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