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First Semester 
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Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[60/76]  BIOTECHNOLOGY [76/10 - Ord. 2018]  Industriale e Ambientale 6 60


The course aims to provide students with the English language skills typical of the B1 level (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 B1 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 judgements. 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.


A2 level (CEFR).


listening comprehension exercises.

reading comprehension exercises.

• Auxiliary verbs
• Questions
• Present simple
• Present continuous
• Action verbs and state verbs
• Past simple
• Past Continuous
• Past perfect simple
• For, since
• Ever, never
• Present perfect continuous
• Will
• Be going to
• Present continuous for the future
• The passive
• Whos/Whose
• Have, Have got
• Prepositions
• Prepositions in time expressions
• Expressions of quantity
• Countable and uncountable nouns
• Much, many
• Some, any
• Indefinite pronouns (someone, anyone, etc.)
• A few, a little, a lot of, lots of
• Offers and requests
• Articles: a, an, the, no article
• Adverbs
• Verb patterns
• What like?
• Comparative and superlative adjectives
• Have to, dont have to
• Modal auxiliary verbs: can, could, might, must, mustnt, shall, should, will, would
• Conjunctions: but, although, however, so, because
• So, such (a), so many, so much
• Question tags
• First conditional
• Second conditional
• Relative pronouns: who, which, that, where

Vocabulary & Everyday English:
• Verbs of similar meaning
• Adjectives and nouns that go together
• Words with multiple meanings
• Social expressions
• Everyday activities
• Making conversation
• Time expressions
• Dates
• Foods and drinks
• Amounts and measures (a piece of, a loaf of, a can of, a kilo of, etc.)
• Phrasal verbs: literal and idiomatic
• Expressing doubt and certainty
• Synonyms and antonyms
• Prefixes and suffixes
• Word stress
• Agree and disagree
• Advice, warnings and threats
• Things to wear
• Illnesses
• Feelings
• Exclamations with so and such
• Words that go together: noun + noun, adjective + adjective, verb + noun
• On the phone
• Birth, marriage and death
• Good news and bad news
• The weather

students will be required to write 100-word compositions on topics that can be tackled with B1 level language skills (short stories, postcards, emails, descriptions of people, things or places, short biographies, book/movie reviews, pro and cons essays, etc.)

Teaching Methods

Traditional classroom lessons with the teacher (60 hours).

Verification of learning

The final test will be structured as follows:

• Listening Comprehension: two exercises with MC or T/F questions. The candidates will have to listen to two recordings (one for each exercise) and then answer the questions.

• Reading Comprehension: an exercise with MC or T/F questions. The candidates will have to read a given text and then answer the questions.

• Use of English: multiple choice questions about grammar and vocabulary.

• Writing: 100-word composition.

• Speaking: oral interview.

Students will not be allowed to use dictionaries or other books/manuals during the test.


Coursebook: John and Liz Soars, “Headway Digital Gold B1 (Fourth Edition)”, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Suggested grammar references: Norman Coe, “Living Grammar Intermediate”, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

More Information

Students with international certificates and CLA certificates will need to take only the oral part of the exam.

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