English (2016/2017)

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Name of lecturer
Rita Severi
Rita Severi
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Sem. IIA dal Feb 27, 2017 al Apr 22, 2017.

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 will involve the whole class in reading-comprehension exercises, oral drills, question&answer, and written translations during a workshop dedicated to Thorstein Veblen and his two most significant works. Students will hand in a translation exercise at the end of each week of the course, which will be corrected. Who wishes to obtain extra credits and read some literary English is warmly invited to study W. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet .
Manual: Cape, Walsh, Ayling, McAleavy, Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, Level 3, Cheltenham, Nelson Thornes, 2012, (£ 8.99).
Translation Workshop: Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899); The Vested Interests of the Common Man (1919)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Cape, Walsh Ayling, McAleavy Preparing to work in Adult Social Care Nelson Thornes 2012
W. Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Arden Methuen 2010 Students can choose from any good bilingual edition: Garzanti, Rizzoli, Feltrinelli, Mondadori
Thorstein Veblen The Theory of the Leisure Class 1899 This classic text is online
Thorstein Veblen The Vested Interests of the Common Man 1919 online

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. or bilingual ed.).
Non attending students will have to analyze all the single units of the textbook and complete the exercises; translate the article by Th. Veblen and hand it in a week before the exam. Non-attending students must be able to summarize the article 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.