LI2 (BL)


Anno accademico: 2021–2022
SSD: L-LIN/12
Corso: Lingua inglese
Insegnamento: Lingua inglese livello 2 (LI2) BL
CFU: 4,5
Docente: Mafalda Rossi (m.rossi.bl@fusp-edu.it)


Description

The course provides English language training and development at B2/ B2+ Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR in all 4 skills: Reading (Comprehension), Listening, Speaking, Writing, along with the consolidation of grammatical structures and general vocabulary building.

A graded text which includes authentic BBC videos is used in class and is designed to develop language on a range of topics along with 4 skills work with particular emphasis on speaking. The idea behind the preference for speaking is that it allows learners to practise the language they need to express themselves confidently in a real English-speaking environment. Across a range of speaking activities, students are encouraged to experiment with new language structures to develop and justify arguments and opinions, express feelings, relate personal experiences, speculate and hypothesise. The course includes strategies to resolve any difficulties in pronunciation and develop fluency. Written assignments and oral presentations are set for home study to further engage students in practising the English language.

Aims

The course is designed for students to achieve B2 Learning Outcomes across all 4 skills expressed in terms of Typical Abilities – what they Can Do – in real-life situations:

Reading & Writing Listening & Speaking
CAN understand the gist (general meaning) and scan texts for relevant information. CAN keep up a conversation on a range of topics.
CAN present and justify arguments using a limited range of expression (vocabulary, grammatical structures). CAN ask for information/clarification and understand the answer, responding to verbal prompts  .
CAN choose appropriate written language according to register (function). CAN answer predictable or factual questions, justifying opinions/ideas.

Assessment

Student assessment is based on the Assessment for learning approach (Afl), also known as Formative Assessment which integrates teaching and learning. Continuous feedback (teacher to student and student to teacher) throughout the course is designed to optimise learning by monitoring progress and making informed decisions about how to achieve learning goals.

Writing and Speaking are assessed according to the CEFR scales.
Writing: Content, Communicative Achievement, Organisation, Language
Speaking: Grammatical Resource, Lexical Resource, Discourse Management, Pronunciation, Interactive Communication.

Final Mark will be weighted:
30% Coursework : 4 home assignments Written Composition & Oral Presentation
4 in class assessments Listening & Reading/Comprehension exercises.
70% Final Exam (2 hours): exercises in 4 skills.

Bibliography

Compulsory Text:

SpeakOut Upper Intermediate Flexi Student’s Book 1 + My English Lab, Eales & Oakes, Pearson ISBN 9781292161020

Optional Texts:

  1. My Grammar Lab Intermediate B1/B2 with Key, Foley & Hall, Pearson 2012, ISBN 9781408299159.
  2. English Grammar in Use with Answers: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Intermediate Learners of English, Raymond Murphy, ISBN 9780521189064.