A56666 Inglese

Scuola di Economia e Management
Academic Year 2016/17 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:

  • to read texts from different academic/professional areas at an intermediate/advanced (B2/C1) level in order to pass the TOEFL test
  • to acquire listening skills in order to comprehend and respond adequately in verbal or written form to lectures/meetings in different academic/professional contexts
  • to write a coherent and cohesive text of short/ medium length (300 words) in response to aural and/or written input on a general/academic theme using appropriate register and reasonably accurate grammatical and lexical forms
  • 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 (70/120) in the TOEFLiBT exam.

Course Content

1. Developing 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

2. developing strategies for building listening skills:

  • understanding natural speech
  • identifying/predicting topics
  • identifying speaker's purpose
  • understanding connections
  • identifying reference in conversation/lectures
  • recognizing signals for understanding
  • understanding use of intonation and other phonological features
  • identifying attitude
  • taking notes and making accurate summaries

3. Developing strategies for building speaking fluency

  • focusing on stress patterns
  • focusing on intonation
  • connecting ideas
  • sequencing ideas
  • rephrasing key words
  • making an opening and concluding statement

4. Developing strategies for building writing fluency:

  • identifying topics and tasks
  • making a mind map
  • paraphrasing
  • writing introductory statements
  • writing thesis statements
  • 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 length and level (A - B - C) depending on individual student needs  and the number of modules taken will depend on student level. 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.Student can also have access to individual tutoring.

Course Evaluation

Progress and assessment tests are given at the end of each module.

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

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