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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.
The course has been designed for in-class teaching and regular attendance is highly recommended.

Admission requirements

Students need to pass the Prova di Lettorato (grammar and dictation test), 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

Teaching methods

The lectures in the lecture theatre 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 material may be made available online on Teams but that is intended as additional material and is not intended to replace the activities in class.

Assessment methods

To enrol for the examination, students need to pass the Prova di Lettorato (grammar and dictation),, or to present a B1 or B2 certificate in pdf to the Segreteria Didattica during the first 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 the other materials supplied during the course. In normal conditions the exam will be a written exam at the University, consisting of text completion exercises and three compositions on the course contents.

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.
In addition they will be able to compose a well written text or take part in a discussion 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.