95398 - English Language and Linguistic Exercises 1 - C

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2021/2022

Course contents

Practical exercises (= Esercitazioni) in English with native English speaking teachers (Sarah Stratford and Catherine Blundell). At the beginning of the academic year, a Placement Test (OOPT) is held to form groups, based on the students' skills, from intermediate to advanced. In order to study English, it is obligatory to take the Placement Test on the dates set by the Department at the beginning of each academic year, and to obtain a score of at least 55.

Students who have obtained one of the following certificates within the past 2 years are not obliged to take the Placement Test:

1) Cambridge ESOL: PET with Merit or with Distinction
2) IELTS: 5
3) TOEFL iBT: 65
4) TRINITY (solo ISE, o Integrated Skills Exam): ISE (II)

The same certificates are accepted if obtained with a higher score. The FCE (the only grades accepted are A, B or C), CAE and CPE are also accepted.

Please send a PDF/ JPEG copy of your certificate to sabrina.fusari2@unibo.it, with the subject line "Certificate".

The deadline for submitting your certificate is 9 November 2021. Certificates cannot be accepted after the deadline.


English File Upper Intermediate 4th edition, published by Oxford University Press.

or (*)

English File Advanced 4th edition, published by Oxford University Press.

Additional material will be made available on-line and in local photocopy shops.

(*) Nota bene: Since the textbook used for practical exercises depends on the group that each student is assigned to based on the results of the Placement Test (OOPT), students are advised to wait until the results of the OOPT are available before they purchase the corresponding book. The Functional Grammar (= lectures) textbook is the same for all students.

Teaching methods

Language classes (= Esercitazioni) with mother tongue English teachers throughout the academic year. Students will be divided into groups from the placement test, and will be trained in all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are divided into groups depending on the results of the OOPT.

Assessment methods

(1) A language written, based on the contents of the language classes held by native English speaking teachers. This tests the students' capacity to analyze, understand and use the English language at level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages. This exam component is divided into separate sections on (a) Use of English (40 minutes), (b) Reading (30 minutes) and (c) Writing (60 minutes). The final mark is the mean of the scores obtained in the three sections. Passing the Use of English exam paper is an essential condition to pass the language exam. The text types used for this component of the exam are general interest texts (e.g. newspaper articles, reviews, interviews).

(2) A SAT (Speaking Ability Test), which tests the students' listening and speaking skills, and their capacity to communicate spontaneously, understand and make themselves understood in English, with a good command of grammar and a fairly wide vocabulary, on a variety of general, non specialized topics. This component of the exam lasts 8-10 minutes.

Regardless of which semester the theoretical (Functional Grammar) lectures are held in, students may take the practical (Esercitazioni) component of the exam only at the end of the academic year (May 2022), because the corresponding course lasts for the whole academic year.

During the COVID emergency, the structure of the exam may change to suit the need to take it online on the platform Zoom. Specific information and instructions are provided to students as the dates of the exams approach.

Teaching tools

See also Prof. Fusari's programme for this course, which involves a linguistic part, taught by Professor Fusari about Systemic Functional Grammar.

Office hours

See the website of Sabrina Fusari