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

degree course in ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Lingua inglese (idoneità)
Knowledge of at least one foreign language (lesson)
  • TAF: A foreign language, final examination SSD: L-LIN/12 CFU: 6
Teachers: William John BROMWICH
Exam type written
Evaluation final judgment
Teaching language Italiano
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William John BROMWICH


The main aims of the first-year English course are as follows:
- to stimulate an interest in the study of the language as a means of communication, reflection and critical analysis;
- to provide the analytical, grammatical and lexical resources that will enable the students to continue in a lifelong learning perspective;
- to propose activities concerning the four main abilities (reading, listening, writing and speaking) based on the criteria laid down in the Common European Framework (Council of Europe);
- to recommend reading and study materials to help students work towards level B2 of the Council of Europe, in the context of economics and the social sciences.
The Lecture Notes (DISPENSA) for the course will be made available at the copy shop (EcoCopyPoint, Via Berengario 72) opposite the Marco Biagi Department of Economics at the beginning of February. Students need a detailed knowledge of the contents of the Lecture Notes.

Admission requirements

Students need to pass the Prova di Lettorato that enables students to reach at least level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference , or to be in possession of a level B1 or B2 international certificate (a pdf copy of which should be presented to the Segreteria Didattica) in order to enrol for the examination.

Course contents

A copy of the Lecture Notes (DISPENSA DEL PROF BROMWICH, edition for the current year), that you should use for every lesson, will be available from the copy shop opposite the Department, as from 1 February each year:
EcoCopyPoint Vle Berengario 72/74 059.235780
A facsimile exam is included at the end of the Lecture Notes.
Provisional list of the topics dealt with in the academic year 2023/24
Angelo Po Grandi Cucine
Climate Change
Drug Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic
Goldman Sachs
William Farr and Data Science
World Health Organisation - Polio

Teaching methods

The course is designed for in-class teaching and regular attendance is highly recommended even though attendance is not formally obligatory. Lectures will be given twice a week with each lecture lasting a maximum of 90 minutes. The course will be taught in English with additional explanations in Italian. The lectures will make use of Powerpoint presentations. The aim of the lessons is to cultivate an analytical approach to the reading of a series of articles on economic and social topics, enabling the participants to improve their lexical and grammatical knowledge, while enhancing their pronunciation. In addition to the explanations provided by the lecturer, various written and oral exercises are included, with the active participation of the students. For revision purposes some recodings will made available online on Teams but that is intended as additional material and is not intended to replace the activities in class. The recordings will be made available on Moodle at the end of the course. The total number of credits is 6, with seven hours of in-class teaching for each credit, for a total of 42 hours in class plus 30 hours of individual study.

Assessment methods

To enrol for the examination, students need to pass the Prova di Lettorato (preliminary English test in the Department), or to present a B1 or B2 certificate in pdf to the Segreteria Didattica during the first semester (not in the second semester). The final exam is intended to ascertain the students’ understanding and knowledge of the course contents, including the lessons in the Lecture Notes, and any other materials supplied during the course. The exam is a written exam at the University, consisting of four text completion exercises and three compositions on the course contents. For the text completion exercises students will have 30 minutes and for three compositions, 60 minutes, for a total of 90 minutes. Since this exam is classified on the exam transcript as an IDONEITA' (pass/fail exam) the result will be IDONEO or NON IDONEO (pass or fail) but in order to pass the exam students need a mark of 24/30. A maximum of 10 marks out of 30 will be awarded for the text completion exercises and 20 out of 30 for the three compositions. The results will be posted within one week of the exam. Students who attend the lectures regularly (no more than three absences before 25 April) have the option of giving a 20 minute presentation on a topic of their own choice (20 minutes for each group of four students) instead of taking the written exam but they will still need to enrol for the exam on esse3 so that the result can be entered into the system. It is important to enrol for the exam in good time taking account of the fact that in the two days before the exam the list is closed: for an exam held on a Friday, the list will close at midnight on the previous Tuesday.

Learning outcomes

Students are required to reach at least level B1 on the Common European Framework, to improve their reading and analytical skills, and to become more proficient in reading materials from sources such as The Economist, the Financial Times, and the New York Times. Students will therefore need to acquire an extensive knowledge of the terminology required to analyse economic, social and public policy issues, while evaluating competing points of view and reaching their own analytical conclusions. They will also further develop their communication skills and their ability to learn in an autonomous manner for the purposes of lifelong learning, acquiring a critical knowledge of the terminology that is generated with the development of new technologies in the digital economy.
Finally they will be able to compose a well written text to put forward their point of view on a given topic.


Occorre fare riferimento alla dispensa del corso disponibile presso la copisteria EcoCopyPoint, Vle Berengario 72. La nuova edizione viene messa a disposizione a partire dal mese di febbraio ogni anno. Alla fine della dispensa viene fornito un facsimile di esame per permettere agli studenti di vedere la struttura, la modalità e il livello di difficoltà dell'esame.