L56669 Lingua inglese / TOLES

Scuola di Diritto
Academic Year 2014/15 Annual

Docente TitolareMichele Puglisi
OfficeNear to the reading room ("Sala dei Gelsi")
Phone0331 572584

Learning Objectives


At the end of the course students will be able to pass one of the international legal English examinations: TOLES ( Test of Legal English Skills) or ILEC ( International Legal English Certificate).

Learning targets

Students will acquire ability to

a)   Read texts from different legal sources at an intermediate / advanced level (B1/C1) and deal with a variety of exam tasks.

b)   Develop legal terminology and deal with a variety of exam tasks

c)   Complete / write concise and coherent texts in dealing with legal correspondence

d)   Give a short presentation on a legal topic (B2/C1 level); present and discuss international legal issues orally (B2/C1 level)

e)   Develop listening skills and deal with a variety of exam tasks.(B2/C1)


Course Content


In-depth study of legal language related to topics studied in L99966.

Study and practice of exam-type tasks.

Course Delivery


The course is divided into TOLES preparation and ILEC preparation modules:

TOLES Preparation modules: Dedicated to level B1 exam preparation in reading and writing ( exam sessions: November, January, March June)

ILEC Preparation modules: dedicated to level B2/C1 exam preparation in all four skills (exam sessions: January, May/ June)


Course Evaluation


Students are required to take and pass an internal simulated ( mock) examination before enrolling for the external exam


Session 9
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: T. Bland



1.The language of Tort law

2.The language of Employment Law

3.The language of Business Law

4.The language of Company Law

5.Understanding Contracts, part 1

6.Understanding contracts, part 2

7.The language of Finance and Banking

8.Exam practice


Session 9
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor: T. Bland




Module 1.a: Reading  : consolidating legal vocabulary; understanding vocabulary in context (collocations; word partnerships); coherence and cohesion; proof-reading skills

Module 1.b: Reading : practice with exam tasks: matching/ sentence cloze/word cloze/multiple choice reading comprehension/error correction

Module 2a : Writing :  format of legal correspondence: letter/memorandum; appropriate style in legal writing ( register and tone); writing concisely; conveying correct information (answering the question)

Module 2b : Writing : practice with exam tasks: writing a short email/letter (120- 180 words) in response to input; writing a longer memorandum ( 250 words) following guidelines set

Module 3a : Listening : listening for specific information; listening to identify meaning; listening to identify speaker’s purpose

Module 3b : Listening : practice with exam tasks; listening to complete information/matching exponents/ multiple-choice listening comprehension

Module 4a: Speaking: giving a short presentation on a legal topic; taking part in a discussion; giving a legal opinion / advice

Module 5: exam practice


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