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Subject: ENGLISH (A.A. 2023/2024)

degree course in CHEMISTRY

Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Inglese
Knowledge of at least one foreign language (exercise)
  • TAF: A foreign language, final examination SSD: L-LIN/12 CFU: 3
Teachers: Katie Jane HENRY
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Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Katie Jane HENRY


The course aims at providing the students with the basic language awareness and the communicative competence needed to understand popular and instructional disciplinary materials (articles, textbooks, lessons, presentations).

Admission requirements

Students are expected to be at A2 level at the beginning of the programme

Course contents

a) Basic English grammar and lexis.
b) Basic features of scientific academic discourse: reading and analysing pages from textbooks and articles
c) completion tasks, to develop Ss' knowledge of grammar and lexis
d) listening and reading activities involving short semi-specialized texts (e.g. textbooks and articles)
e) analyses of Power Point presentations summarizing the information presented in riassumono le informazioni presentate in specialized articles, on the nasis of the principle of information transfer. f) Analyses of university lectures with note-taking activities synthesizing the main points of the lecture.

Teaching methods

The course will be developed as a practical language workshop. This involves students' participation in realistic communicative activities: tasks requiring students to understand and use specialized language in academic contexts. Students attending classes may be assessed in class.

Assessment methods

Assessment based on 2 skills (reading and listening) 1. Reading of a short text taken from a textbook with comprehension questions/tasks. 2. Reading of a short text taken from a specialized text with completion tasks (completing a summary, a table or a powerpoint presentation), based on information transfer 3. reading of a specialized text with compeltion tasks (focus on lexico-grammar) 4. Listening to a short semi-specialistic text with comprehension questions/tasks. 5. listening to a university lecture andtaking notes summarizing the main points The overall evaluation given is either pass or fail. An overall pass is obtained when all the separate (or partial) tests have been passed at a B1 level. It is possible to repeat only the tests that haven't been passed. The others will remain valid for one year. Students that fail may see their exams in order to receive indications on how to proceed and advice on how to improve performance and learning. On request, the teachers will also provide advice on exam technique. More detailed and specific information on the exam format can be found on the Dolly website.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the programme students will show at least a B1 competence in the receptive skills.

In particular they will show that
- they can understand simple disciplinary texts taken from introductory texts (textbooks, articles, lessons, presentation)
- they can identify the main points of the text

In terms of the Dublin descriptors, the course contributes to develop:
* knowledge and understanding - students will have acquired knowledge of the basic structures of English and an understanding of the features of scientific texts that may guide their reading;
* communication skills - students will be able to understand the main points of a disciplinary text and to present the information provided by the text;
* learning skills - students will have developed their reading and note taking skills.