N91453 Lingua Inglese (Certificazione)

Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale
Academic Year 2019/20 Annual

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

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;
- to acquire listening skills in order to comprehend and respond appropriately in verbal or written form to lectures/meetings in different  academic/professional contexts;
- 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;
- 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 (75/120; B2+) 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.

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 at different levels (modules B1 trough C1) 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 (see http://www.liuc.it/campus-life/centro-linguistico/).

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 real TOEFL test (see also http://www.ets.org/).

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