N60900 Lingua Inglese (Certificazione)

Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale
Academic Year 2013/14 Annual

Docente TitolareMichele Puglisi
OfficeNear to the reading room ("Sala dei Gelsi")
Phone0331 572318

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course the student will be able:

  1. to read texts from different academic/professional areas at an intermediate/advanced (B2/C1) level;
  2. to acquire listening skills in order to comprehend and respond appropriately in verbal or written form to lectures/meetings in different  academic/professional contexts;
  3. to write a coherent and cohesive text of short to medium length (300 words) in response to aural and/or written input on a general or academic theme using appropriate register and reasonably accurate grammatical and lexical forms;
  4. to express ideas and opinions orally in response to aural and/or written input in an academic or professional context using reasonably accurate and coherent language.

Learning targets

Consolidation of language structure and lexis in professional/academic contexts.       Introduction to and practice in the various skills involved in achieving a good level (65-120) in the TOEFL iBT exam.



Course Content


  1. develop strategies for improving reading comprehension:
    • understanding words in context;
    • locating referents;
    • identifying inferences;
    • identifying restatements;
    • organizing information into charts or summaries;
    • understanding transitions and connectors;
    • making logical deductions;
    • inferring meaning.


  1. develop strategies for building listening skills:
  • understanding natural speech;
  • identifying/predicting topics;
  • identifying speaker’s purpose;
  • understanding connections;
  • identifying reference in conversation/lecture
  • recognizing signals for understanding (signposting);
  • understanding use of intonation and other phonological features;
  • identifying attitude;
  • taking notes and making accurate summaries


  1. develop strategies for building speaking fluency
  • focusing on stress patterns
  • focusing on intonation
  • connecting ideas
  • practicing consistency
  • sequencing ideas
  • making an opening and concluding statement


  1. develop strategies for building writing fluency
  • identifying topics and tasks
  • making a mind map
  • paraphrasing sentences
  • writing introductory statements
  • writing  thesis statement
  • writing introductory paragraphs
  • writing topic statements for paragraphs
  • writing supporting ideas
  • writing a conclusion


Course Delivery

The course will run under a MODULAR format requiring active student involvement. The level of each student is determined by an Entry Test at the beginning of each year. Modules will be of different level (modules A, B, C) depending on individual student needs. An internal assessment at the end of each module will determine the upgrading/downgrading to a different level. There will be regular Lab practice and periodic simulations of exams to assess readiness. Students may also have access to individual tutoring.

Course Evaluation

 A final exam simulation will give students an approximate outcome of the Toefl test.


Session 1
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: A. De Angelis


 First semester

Key : R - reading      W - writing     L - listening     S - speaking


A1 - THE LEARNING PROCESS  (R-W)     23  Sept

A2 - DAILY LIFE  (L – S)                              14 Oct.

A3 - WORK AND BUSINESS   (R – Voc)     11 Nov.

A4 - SCIENCE AND NATURE    (L – W)        2 Dec.



Session 2
Group: PRIMO ANNO- Gr. B
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: A. De Angelis


Second semester


B1 – Geography and water problems  (L – S)   10 Feb

B2 - Natural cycles (R – W)                                24 Feb

B3 – Communicating aids  (R – S)                      10 March

B4 – Innovation  (R – W)                                     31 March

B5 – Life systems  (L – S)                                    7 April

B6 – Learning for leisure   (L – R)                      28 April 

B7 – Health and nutrition   (S - L)                       12 May

B8 – Genetics /Interfering with nature (L- W)     26 May




Session 3
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: A. De Angelis


First  semester

Key : R - reading    W - writing     L - listening     S - speaking


C1 – Communicating (S - L)                  23 Sept                 

C2 – Inventors and innovation (R – W)      30 Sept

C3 – Life systems  (Integrated writing)       7 Oct

C4 - Learning for leisure (R – S)                14 Oct

C5 – Health and nutrition /genetics (L – S) 21 Oct

C6 – Interfering with nature  (R – W)          28 Oct

C7 – Reading Skills (Parts 1 – 6)                11 Nov

C8 – Writing Skills (Parts 1 – 8)                  18 Nov

C9 - Listening Skills (Parts 1- 6)                 25 Nov

C10 – Speaking Skills  (Parts 1 – 4)           2 Dec

C11 – Integrated Tasks                              7 Jan


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