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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


The students will have to achieve:
- a good B2 level of English in all four abilities (listening, reading, writing & speaking);
- good skills to analyse language functions and interpret diverse text types and genres.


English Language 1 / B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


PRACTICAL PART – 100 hours taught by a mother-tongue English instructor.
The students will attend 100-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 attend the lectures which focus on Functional Linguistics and, in particular, Functional Grammar. The following topics will be discussed: an Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics, Language Use, Discourse Analysis: Language and Context, Halliday’s Field, Tenor and Mode, Genre and Register, Dialogue, Phonology and grammar, Text and grammar, Semantics (Speech Function, Theme and Rheme, Cohesion and Coherence).

Teaching Methods

The PRACTICAL PART includes practical lessons taught by a mother-tongue English instructor, from October to May with no interruption. In January and February 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 and seminars. Mid-term assessments will be organised.

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.
If the students hold a University Language Centre certification, they will have to contact the professor.
The oral exam will require the students to discuss in English the issues on Functional Linguistics dealt with during the 20-hour lectures. The students will have to show that they have acquired the right terminology and concepts, and that they can apply them to practical cases. To this aim, the students will have to choose and prepare the linguistic analysis of a short text or advertisement, they will discuss during the oral exam. They will need two copies of the text during the oral exam.
For those students who will regularly attend the lectures, the final mark will be made up of mid-term assessments as well, and of the practical work carried out in class, which will be evaluated.


1. Halliday, M.A.K. 1978. Language as social semiotic. The social interpretation of language and meaning. London: Edward Arnold. Estratti
2. Halliday, M.A.K., Hasan, R. 1985. Language Context and Text: Aspects of Language in a Social-semiotic Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Estratti
3. Halliday, M.A.K., Matthiessen, C. M.I.M. 2013. An Introduction to Functional Grammar, Third Edition. Oxon, New York: Routledge. Estratti
4. Christiansen, T. 2011. Cohesion: a Discourse Perspective. Bern: Peter Lang. Estratti
5. Widdowson, H.G. 2007 Discourse Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Estratti
6. McCarthy, M. 1991. Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge Language Teaching Library, CUP. Estratti
English File Intermediate Third Edition (Oxford University Press)

More Information

The students will be required to download material from prof. Denti’s personal webpage, before the lectures. Please, check the website for updates and further information.
Attending lectures and classes is not compulsory but 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.

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