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Subject: ENGLISH (A.A. 2022/2023)

degree course in COMPUTER SCIENCE

Course year 1
Teaching units Unit lingua inglese - B1 di Ateneo
Knowledge of at least one foreign language (lesson)
  • TAF: A foreign language, final examination SSD: L-LIN/12 CFU: 3
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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This course aims to provide students with the basic knowledge and communicative and operational skills necessary to achieve the B1 English language level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). It will focus on reading, listening, and grammar/language usage skills.
More information about the course and how to attend it here:

Admission requirements

Students are expected to master English at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference

Course contents


Modals: can (ability, requests, permission); could (ability, possibility, polite requests); be able to; would (polite requests); will (offer); shall (suggestion, offer); should (advice); ought to (advice); may (possibility, probability); might (possibility, probability); have to (obligation); don’t have to (lack of obligation); must (obligation); mustn’t (prohibition); can’t/must (deduction); have to vs must; need (necessity); needn’t (lack of necessity); used to (past habits).

Verbs and Tenses
Present simple: states, habits, verbs not used in the continuous form;
Present continuous: present actions;
Present simple vs present continuous;
Present perfect simple: recent past with just, indefinite past with yet, already, never, ever, unfinished past with for and since; Present perfect continuous;
Present perfect vs present perfect continuous;
Past simple: past events (regular and irregular verbs);
Past simple vs present perfect;
Past continuous: parallel past actions, continuous actions interrupted by the past simple tense; Past continuous vs past simple;
Past perfect simple: narrative, reported speech;
Future with will and shall: offers, promises, predictions;
Future with present simple;
Future with present continuous;
Future with going to: plans, predictions;
Passive: present passive, past passive, etc;
Causative have/get;
Gerunds: after verbs and prepositions, as subjects and objects;
Infinitives: after verbs and adjectives;
Infinitive of purpose;
Gerunds vs infinitives
Verbs + gerund (e.g.: look forward to, keep, mind)
Verbs + infinitive (e.g.: want, would like)
Phrasal verbs: (e.g.: find out, look for, look after, get on, get off, go on, put on, put off, sign up, etc.)

Conditional Sentences
Simple Reported Speech
Statements, questions and commands (say, ask, tell); tense changes with reported speech.

Predicative and attributive; Quantitative (some, any, much, many, little, a little, few, a few, a lot of, lots of, etc.); Comparative and superlative forms (regular and irregular); Order of adjectives; Participles as adjectives; Compound adjectives.

Manner (quickly, carefully, etc.); Frequency (often, never, twice a day, etc.); Definite time (now, last week, etc.); Indefinite time (already, just, yet, etc.); Degree (very, too, rather, etc.); Place ( here, there, etc.); Direction (left, right, to, from, etc.); Sequence (first, next, etc.); Sentence adverbs (too, either, etc.); Location (inside, next to, at home, etc.); Time (during, later etc.); Instrument (by, with, etc.); Miscellaneous (enough, like, as, due to, owing to, etc.); Order of adverbs.

Prepositions of time; Prepositions of place; Prepositional phrases (at the beginning of, by means of, by car, for sale, at last, etc.); Prepositions following nouns and adjectives (advice on, afraid of, etc.); Prepositions following verbs (laugh at, ask for, etc.).

Indefinite pronouns (somebody, anybody, everybody, etc.); Relative pronouns (who, which, that, whom, whose, where, omitted pronoun)

Connectives: and, but, or, either . . . or, when, while, until, before, after, as soon as, where, because, since, as, for, so that, (in order) to, so, so . . . that, such . . . that, if, unless, although

Lexis: likes and dislikes; Daily life; Education; Entertainment and media; Environment; Food and drink; Free time; Health, medicine and exercise; Hobbies and leisure; House and home; Natural world; People; Personal feelings, opinions and experiences; Personal identification; Places and buildings; Relations with other people; Shopping; Social interaction; Sport; Technology; Travel and holidays; Transport services; Weather; Works and jobs.

Teaching methods

Blended course: self-study online course and synchronous workshops with language instructors of the University Language Centre (for more information please visit: The online activities must be completed within a specific time frame, as set by the course structure. Workshop attendance is not mandatory but strongly recommended. Teaching language: English

Assessment methods

Written exam: computer-based exam. Test time: 1 hour ca. Results will be published through the ESSE3 platform within 5 days from the date of the test. Aids of any kind are not allowed (dictionaries, grammars, books, notes, glossaries, etc.) Exam format: 2 listening exercises with questions 2 reading exercises with questions 3 matching exercises 3 gap fill exercises 8 multiple choices exercises

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students:
- will be able to understand both aural and written texts at the B1 level of the Common European Framework.
- will be able to recognize and make appropriate use of grammar and lexis at the B1 level of the CEFR.


Reference material
Grammar files and lexical glossaries that can be found on the online B1 course (

Further reference materials
Cotton, D., Favley, D., Kent, S. (n.d.). Language Leader Intermediate. Harlow, UK: Pearson.

Eastwood, J. (n.d.). Oxford practice grammar. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Heyderman, E., & May, P. (2010). Complete PET. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Murphy, R. (n.d.). English grammar in use. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.