English (2015/2016)

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Rita Severi
Rita Severi
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Sem. IIA dal Feb 22, 2016 al Apr 24, 2016.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

This informative-practical course offers a series of reading-comprehension, translation and conversation classes that will help students acquire the fundamental lexical and structural expressions of the language of social work, and brush up on the four primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At the end of the course the students should be able to a) understand articles dealing with the topics of social work at a post-intermediate level; translate the texts; b) write summaries of these texts; c) have their say and discuss social work topics, in guided conversations in class and during the final exam.


Language lessons delivered with a direct method involve the whole class in reading-comprehension exercises, oral drills, and written exercises. In particular, at the end of each one of the six weeks, every student will have to complete the exercises relevant to the material analyzed and discussed in class or pertaining to the readings offered. A workshop on translation will be activated during lessons.

Clare Cape, Mark Walsh, Pat Ayling, Janet McAleavy,Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care Level 3, Cheltenham, Nelson Thornes, 2012 (£8.99).

Translation workshop on articles by Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) from The Teory of the Leisure Class (1899); The Vested Interests and the Common Man (1919)
(The texts are available online).

Extra Credits: W. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Methuen-Arden ed.)

Reference : A. J. Thomson - A. V. Martinet, A Practical English Grammar & Exercises, (4th ed.), Oxford University Press 1995.

Assessment methods and criteria

For attending students the written exercises and translations, handed in each week, will be graded. The final exam, which includes the evaluation of the written work, consists in a conversation in English on the topics discussed in class (Textbook and Thorstein Veblen). Who wishes to obtain extra credits will have to study: W. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet bilingual ed. or (Methuen-Arden ed.)
Non attending students will have to analyze all the single units of the textbook and complete the exercises; translate the articles by Th. Veblen and hand them in a week before the exam. Non-attending students must be able to summarize them orally using the appropriate vocabulary. Non-attending students must also pass a written exam on the material of the textbook. Whoever wishes to obtain extra-credits must study: William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
The course has been programmed and caters to students who have achieved a post-intermediate level.