32/19/039 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE 2
Academic Year 2021/2022
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OLGA DENTI (Tit.)
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- Lingua Insegnamento
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The course aims at providing students with the linguistic and the communicative knowledge and competences of English language and culture.
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
The students will have to achieve a good B2 level of English in all four abilities (listening, reading, writing & speaking), according to the CEFR: proficient users “Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.”
The course aims to enable students to identify their own specific language needs and activate gamification techniques to remedy these individual needs and improve their general level of English. Students will analyse and practice some of the mechanisms of gamification and apply these to their own language learning. Moreover, the students will work and collaborate with peers from the Universities of Rennes 1 and Masaryk.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
The students will be able to understand and describe their needs, activate and improve their general English communication skills through an innovative, project- and task-based learning sequence involving focused individual language acquisition (applied grammar, vocabulary relating to gamification and the students’ own specialized disciplines) as well as group work (co-creation of an on-line peer-to-peer survey and exploitation of the data; co-creation of an escape game).
The students will identify their language objectives through the logbook, choose the most appropriate serious games to reach them, evaluate contexts and choose the most effective communicative strategies.
The students will:
- understand texts and conversations in English;
- effectively and efficiently convey information and ideas (at the B2 level);
- discuss and present the issues studied in English;
- discuss, choose and create an escape room.
At the end of this module, which comprises 3 main activities (the creation and analysis of surveys on student gaming activities, the completion of individual logbooks, the creation of a virtual escape game or physical escape room) students will have:
- learned to select and use an appropriate platform to create an online survey, and responded to one or several surveys;
- analysed and presented the results of a survey using the language and register of language appropriate for data presentation;
- analysed, reflected upon and described their own language learning by keeping a weekly log of their individual progress;
- activated their listening comprehension skills by reading self-selected articles, watching self-selected videos and listening to podcasts on gamification, and their writing skills in a teacher-assessed logbook;
- created a game narrative, worked on story-telling skills, worked in groups, to make themselves understood in English, to rephrase, summarize and conclude;
- provided positive feedback and built upon constructive criticism given by their peer and their English tutors.
English Language 1 / B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Independent Users “Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.”
PRACTICAL PART 91 hours taught by a mother-tongue English instructor.
The students will attend 91-hour classes of General English (the schedule will be available on the website). The objective will be to reach the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for all abilities: listening, reading, writing and speaking. A syllabus will be available online.
THEORETICAL PART 20 hours taught by the professor.
The students will write the logbook and a questionnaire, will answer other questionnaires, will create an escape game.
The PRACTICAL PART includes practical lessons taught by a mother-tongue English instructor, from October to May with no interruption. In January and February 2022 students will attend these classes once or twice a week to keep practicing. Mid-term assessments will be organised.
The THEORETICAL PART includes lessons taught by the professor, class work and self-study.
Practical and theoretical lessons will mainly take place in presence, integrated and improved by online strategies to guarantee innovative and inclusive teaching.
Verification of learning
The final exam will include both a WRITTEN EXAM and an ORAL EXAM, aiming at assessing, alternatively, the students’ acquisition of the English Language at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and Functional Linguistics.
The written exam, divided into 3 parts, will evaluate the linguistic competences foreseen in the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It will include: a Listening Comprehension test and a Multiple Choice test, both in the lab, and a Reading Comprehension test, in one of the rooms.
The aim of the written exam is to assess the students’ skills to understand the language spoken by native speakers from the UK, the USA and Australia, but also by non-native speakers, who speak English as a Lingua Franca. Issues and content will be both of general and specialised English, with a special reference to the international university world. Grammar and lexis will be evaluated as well. The third part of the written test will assess the students’ skills in understanding different text types and topics, sentence transformation and word-formation.
The students will be allowed to skip the written test if they hold recently obtained international certifications (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, etc.). Minimum level: B2. Please visit the professor’s personal webpage webpage http://people.unica.it/olgadenti/didattica/materiale-didattico/lingua-inglese-2/.
If the students hold a University Language Centre certification, they will have to contact the professor.
SPECIFIC THEORETICAL PART
The assessment for the project/theoretical part will include:
- the writing of the logbook;
- the creation of the questionnaire, the study and presentation of the data;
- the creation of the escape game.
Each part of the written exam has a final score then converted in a mark out of 30. The three parts of the written exam will be marked and the average calculated.
The specific part will be calculated 50% on the logbook and 50% on the escape game.
The final mark will be the average of the two averages.
Those students who take and pass the mid-term multiple choice exam (at the end of February), will be exempted from taking this part during the exam. Its mark will be included in the written exam average.
Written exams in presence might be replaced by other modes of evaluation: for example, written exams via online platforms (Moodle, Teams, etc.).
English File Digital Upper-Intermediate Third Edition (Oxford University Press) https://elt.oup.com/catalogue/items/local/it/english_file_3rd_Dig_it/english_file_dig_third_edition_upper-Int/?cc=it&selLanguage=ja&mode=hub
Material prepared and uploaded by Prof. Denti.
The students will be required to download material from prof. Denti’s personal webpage http://people.unica.it/olgadenti/, before the lectures. Please, check the website for updates and further information.
Given the type of course, attending lectures and classes is highly recommended. Moreover, only those students who will regularly attend the lectures, will be entitled to take the mid-term assessments. Lectures and classes will take place both in rooms and labs. Lab classes will be an integral part of the course, both in terms of attendance and preparation.