92969 - English Language (Language B) For Interpreters

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

This course provides a brief introduction to the subject of pragmatics and sets out to explore how it is that we actually manage to understand each other when we communicate while also exploring how misunderstandings can occur and why.

Course contents

This course will be a reflection on communication and what happens when we talk.  During classes we will explore anything to do with discourse – discourse analysis, conversational analysis, cross cultural pragmatics etc. but especially focus on contextual meaning and speakers' intentions in diverse situations ranging from face to face talk to phone calls and zoom talks.


George Yule 1996. Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

John Austin. 1965. How to do things with words. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Teaching methods

Lectures in which active student participation is strongly encouraged.

Assessment methods

A short written and an 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.


Please see the piattaforma virtuale for grading rubrics.

Teaching tools

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].

Office hours

See the website of Delia Carmela Chiaro