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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[60/56]  INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY [60/56-00 - Ord. 2014]  PERCORSO COMUNE 3 24


Improve A2-level language competence (CEFR).

In agreement with the training objectives of the Degree Course in Industrial Biotechnologies and to the Dublin Descriptors, the expected learning outcomes can be classified as follows:

1) Knowledge and understanding.
The course focuses on the basic grammatical structures of the English Language, with particular emphasis on syntax, pronunciation, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing and speaking. The objective is to show how these skills should be used in a given context.

2) Applying knowledge and understanding.
Students should learn how to use the basic grammatical structures typical of the A2 level to communicate successfully in a given context. During the course, they will be asked to engage in simulations of real life situations in order to achieve this objective.

3) Making judgments.
During the lessons, students will have to interact autonomously in different real life situations simulated by the teacher. In order to perform these tasks effectively, they will need to understand and analyse the communicative context in which they are engaged and all the available pieces of information on which the decisions about their course of action should be based.

4) Communication skills.
Students will be asked to participate actively in the classroom activities. Each time, they will have to play the different roles needed in a given context.

5) Learning skills.
A balanced mix of theory and practice will help the students to improve their learning abilities.


A1-A2 CEF.


• Listening Comprehension.
• Reading Comprehension.
• Writing.
• Grammar:
o Verb to Be;
o Auxiliary Verbs;
o Present Simple;
o Present Continuous;
o Will/Be Going to;
o Simple Past;
o Present Perfect;
o Irregular Verbs;
o Subject and Object Personal Pronouns;
o Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns;
o This/These/That/Those;
o Articles;
o Possessive ‘s;
o Whose/Who’s;
o Adjectives (Base Form, Comparative, Superlative);
o Telling the Time;
o Adverbs;
o Prepositions of Place and Time;
o Can/Can’t;
o Love/Like/Don’t Mind/Hate + -ing;
o Verb + to + Infinitive;
o Would Like to;
o There Is/Are – There Was/Were;
o Countable/Uncountable Nouns;
o Quantifiers;
o Some/Any;
o How Much/How Many;
o Word Formation.
• Vocabulary:
o Days;
o Numbers;
o Continents;
o Countries;
o Nationalities;
o Classroom language;
o Things;
o Common adjectives;
o Verb phrases;
o Jobs;
o The Family;
o Everyday Activities;
o The Weather;
o The Date;
o Expressions with Go/Get/Have;
o The House;
o Places and Buildings;
o Food.

Teaching Methods

Traditional classroom lessons with the teacher and some language practice with tutors.

Verification of learning

The final exam will be written. It shall consist of four parts:

(1) Listening. Two exercises with 5 questions each (MC or T/F). The candidates will have to listen to two recordings (one for each exercise) and then answer the questions. 20 marks (2 marks for each correct answer).

(2) Reading. An exercises with 10 questions (MC or T/F). The candidates will have to read a given text and then answer the questions. 20 marks (2 marks for each correct answer).

(3) Use of English. 24 MC questions. 24 marks (1 mark for each correct answer).

(4) Writing. Students will have to write a brief composition of about 50-60 words. 16 marks.

The passing score is 48/80.

Candidates are required to bring their ID card and a pen to the examination venue.


Christina Latham-Koenig, Clive Oxenden, Paul Seligson. "English File Digital. Elementary" (Student's book + Workbook + iTutor + iChecker - Third Edition). Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Optional: New Total Grammar, A2-B2 CEFR, Black Cat; Elementary Language Practice, English Grammar and Vocabulary, MacMillan.

More Information

Internantional certificates and CLA certificates may be used to get the 3 credits without taking the exam. You will have to bring in the certificate during office hours.

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