69469 - English Language and Culture III (Second Language)

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students will acquire  advanced knowledge of English language and culture -- they will be able to produce written texts and oral discourse with complete ease and spontaneity.

Course contents

One lesson each week will explore English use, grammar and style and varieties of English in the world and across a range of written and audiovisual texts. In particular, we will explore the concept of English and "post-multilingualism" i.e. the shift that is currently taking place in which English is changing from being a static "lingua franca" but more of a flexible phenomenon especially on-line in social media.

A second lesson each week will explore cultural dimensions in the UK with particular emphasis on the concept of "The English" and "Englishness". What are the values of the "English"? Why do they behave as they do?

 


Readings/Bibliography

Gretchen McCulloch. 2019. Because Internet. Understanding the New Rules of Language. New York; Riverhead

Teaching methods

Most lessons will be delivered lecture-style with supported by slides and students will be encouraged to participate actively in lessons  through group work and discussions.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed by a written exam plus an oral exam that in January 2022.

The written test will involve writing a short summary of web based textual materials.

The oral component will be based on course content.

A rubric containing a breakdown of how exam marks will be allocated will be available on the UniBo e-learning platform.

These two exams will constitute 50% of the final mark. At the end of the second semester, after having followed the second course module, in summer 2022, students will be examined on their skills in liaison interpreting. The mark obtained from this second exam will count for the remaining 50% of the final mark.

Teaching tools

Depending on what the semester holds in terms of Covid19 restrictions, Prof. Chiaro will provide short podcasts of all the subjects discussed in class.

Office hours

See the website of Delia Carmela Chiaro