27123 - English Language and Translation (1)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to help students develop the ability to understand the main ideas in complex written and spoken texts, both at concrete and abstract levels. At the end of the course students should be able to interact in real communicative situations with native speakers of English, demonstrating awareness of register configuration. Students should also be able to develop ideas and express their points-of-view with clarity and relevance.

Course contents

Lessons are in English and require a previous knowledge of English (A2/B1) and will focus on selected grammar points; vocabulary work; listening, speaking and reading exercises; register configuration; nominal groups; cohesion and coherence; differences between spoken and written language; the functions of language.

Classes run from April 2 to May 14, 2019.


Carter, Ronald. (2011). English grammar today. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Eggins, Suzanne & Slade, Diane. (1997). Analyzing casual conversation. London: Equinox.

Halliday, Michael AK (1989) Spoken and written language. Oxford: Oxford University Press (chapter 7).

Halliday, Michael AK (2013). Halliday’s introduction to Functional Grammar. London: Routledge.

Martin, J. R. (2011). Language, register and genre (1984 revised 2008). IN: Wang Zhenhua (ed.), Register Studies. Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, pp. 47 -68.

Murphy, Raymond.English grammar in use – A self-study reference and practice book for intermediate learners of English(4thedition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Slade, Diana. (2012).The texture of casual conversation: A multidimensional interpretation. London: Equinox.

Other relevant sources will be added during the course.

Teaching methods

Lectures, discussion, reading and listening activities in the classroom. All activities will use authentic texts in English. English is the Medium of Instruction: lessons are in English and require a previous knowledge of English (A2/B1).Emailsshould be sent through UNIBO institutional email in English only. Selected material will be uploaded for reading and future reference – students will be informed through email when new material is uploaded to IOL.

Assessment methods

Students will sit for a multiple-choice exam at the end of the course. The exam will consist of 20 questions on topics covered in class, including grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension. Dates will be informed via AlmaEsami and on the first class. 

Teaching tools

Teaching tools include the teaching of grammar, readings to explore the use of grammar in context, films, videos, podcasts, comicbooks and other texts that use English in real contexts of use.

Office hours

See the website of Francisco Osvanilson Dourado Veloso