69396 - English Language and Culture II (Second Language)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students will review fundamental elements of the English language as well as be able to understand and produce a wide range of written texts and converse on issues, spontaneously and fluently in English.

Course contents

Language and Culture

The Language and Culture module will focus on Contemporary Issues in the United States with regards to:

- Memes and their effect on communication

- Humor

- Stereotypes and taboos

Students will also work on understanding both diachronically and synchronically of how humor is used in discourse ranging from the culture of the United States of America, politics, society and taboo subject matter. 


A specific bibliography will be provided during the course.

Teaching methods

The course will blend theory and praxis dedicated to traditional lectures on past and current theoretical utilising audiovisuals with open class discussions/debates. Students will also be able to verbally express their ideas, researched opinions and present in front of an audience.

Opportunities to talk, present, listen, read, and write in lecture settings, conversation/debate and basic writing exercises all done in English.

*Due to the current SARS-COV-19 global pandemic, teaching methods are subject to change.


Assessment methods

At the beginning of the semester, students will take an English Placement Test via Virtuale to assess their levels.

The Language and Culture exam comprises a writing portfolio, an oral presentation, and lettorato assessment.

*More exam information will be provided during the course.  

**Students are required to attend a minimum of 70% of total classes.


30-30L: Excellent level. The candidate possesses excellent translation, with a very high level of competence in the target language.

27-29: Above average level. The candidate makes only minor errors, and shows a solid command of the required skills and competences.

24–26: Generally sound level. The candidate displays a number of shortcomings, indicating a reasonable command of the required skills and competences.

21-23: Adequate level. The candidate displays significant shortcomings and only an adequate command of the required skills and competences.

18–20: Minim. level. The candidate only meets the minimum level required and shows a minimal command of the required skills and competences.

< 18 Fail: The candidate does not meet the required standard and shows a wholly inadequate command of the required skills and competences.

*Only for Dott.ssa Marzetti's lettorato: as concerns the teaching methods of this course unit, all students must attend the online Modules 1, 2 on Health and Safety [https://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/health-and-assistance/health-and-safety/online-course-on-health-and-safety-in-study-and-internship-areas].

**Due to the current SARS-COV-19 global pandemic, assessment methods and attendance requirements are subject to change. More information on this will be provided during the semester.

Teaching tools

Course specific PPT presentations, documentaries, websites, podcasts, and social media applications. Assignments and activities will be carried out both in class and at home.

Most if not all printed and audiovisual material used in class, as well as resources for the specific topics tackled in class, will be made available on the Virtuale-IOL e-learning site.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Anthony Dion Mitzel