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2015-2016 - English for Academic Purposes

TITOLO DEL CORSO: Using English for Global Communication

The course is aimed at introducing the concept of English as a Lingua Franca and English for Specific Purposes. The main focus will be on the communication skills needed to succeed in academic studies. Esercitazioni (Language Practice) will be also offered to develop comprehension of philosophical texts, and acquire skills in formal presentations, discussions, and reports on elementary research. Materials will be available on the course website on Ariel.



The entry level of English competence required is B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
The English competence expected at the end of the course is B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). However, B2 competence in itself is not sufficient as it needs to be integrated with specific research and business communication skills, as described in the programme. Accordingly, no international certification will be accepted as a substitute for any part of the exam.


Unità didattica A - ELF, ESP, EAP
English as a Global Language. General English and English for Specific Purposes. Registers and Genres in Professional and Institutional Contexts. Intercultural Issues. Introduction to text analysis tools.
Unità didattica B - Academic skills: Reading and Writing

Skimming and scanning
Understanding meaning from context
Understanding the connection of ideas
Understanding details and recognizing paragraphs
Making inferences and drawing conclusions
Identify summary information and organize information into charts

Topic sentences and paragraphs
Paraphrases and summaries
CV Writing
Unità didattica C - Academic skills: Listening and Speaking

Understanding the gist
Understanding the details
Understanding the function(s)
Understanding the organization and relations
Understanding the speaker's stance

Cohesion (transitional expressions, parallel structures)
Independent tasks (free-choice response, paired-choice response)
Integrated tasks (identifying main points in a reading passage/conversation/academic lecture)


1. Hewings, M., Cambrige Academic English (Intermediate), Cambridge, 2012.
2. Mc Carthy M., New Academic Vocabulary in Use (Intermediate to Upper Intermediate), Cambridge, 2015
3. Materials and links on ariel platform:
Materiale di riferimento per non frequentanti
1. Oxford EAP. A course in English for Academic Purposes, (Intermediate B1+), Oxford, 2013
2. Mc Carthy M., New Academic Vocabulary in Use (Intermediate to Upper Intermediate), Cambridge, 2015
3. Materials on ariel platform.
Informazioni sul programma
To revise and consolidate English language skills and implement academic vocabulary, students, according to their needs, can use the following:
Cotton D., Falvey D., Kent S., New Language Leader (Upper Intermediate), 2014.
Paterson Ken, Oxford Grammar for EAP, (with answers), Oxford, 2013.
Hird John, Grammar and Vocabulary for the Real World, Oxford, 2015.
Foley M., Hall D. MyGrammarLab, Intermediate, Pearson.
Dummett P., Stephenson H., Lansford L., Keynote (Intermediate - Student's Book), Cengage Learning, 2016.


The exam has a written and spoken section. Only students who pass the written section can access the oral exam.

The written section (without dictionary) includes:
1. Language check (grammar, vocabulary) with open /close questions.
2. Information transfer: listening with open/close exercises.
3. Test with open/close exercises on course content and skills.

The spoken section of the exam consists of a presentation on a specific subject of the student's choice (e.g. an institution, an NGO, a course subject, an event). The student must have carried out research on the chosen subject using the tools and guidelines presented during the course and available on the course website on Ariel (e.g. use of search engines, websites, referencing etc.) and provide a collection of materials, including:
1. 7/8 printed slides on the subject explored
2. a list of references used (with at least 3 different sources)
3. a printed selection of the articles and/or web pages consulted
During the interview, students will be asked questions on the subject chosen, the methods used in conducting the project and the planning and preparation of the slide presentation. Sample questions will be available on Ariel.