English Language 1 (2018/2019)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S002896
Name of lecturer
Paola Maria Caleffi
Coordinator
Paola Maria Caleffi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
L-LIN/12 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH
Language of instruction
English
Period
II semestre dal Feb 18, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to develop and improve the students’ knowledge on the phonological and morphological aspects of contemporary English, also considering its historical evolution.
B2 level is a prerequisite for the exam

Syllabus

“Introduction to English phonetics, phonology and morphology”

1. PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY
- written language and spoken language
- grapheme, phone, phoneme, allophone
- International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
- phonetic transcriptions
- speech organs
- vowel sounds and consonant sounds
- voiced sounds and voiceless sounds
- place of articulation
- manner of articulation
- syllable
- stress, rhythm, intonation

2. MORPHOLOGY
- words: grammatical classes
- content words and function words
- morphemes and allomorphs
- affixation
- inflection
- derivation
- compounding

Basic readings
Facchinetti, Roberta (2016) "English Phonetics and Morphology. A Reader for First Year University Students" (3rd ed.), Verona: Quiedit.

Kuiper, Koenraad and W. Scott Allan (2016) "An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence" (4th ed.), Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Additional readings
Cruttenden, Alan (2014) "Gimson's Pronunciation of English". London: Routledge.
Plag, Ingo (2003) "Word-Formation in English". Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


The course consists of 18 lessons (teaching sessions) and combines frontal teaching with class activities.
The pdf. docs of the teaching sessions as well as other materials for the final written exam will be made available on the e-learning platform throughout the course.
The course will be held in English.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Kuiper, Koenraad and W. Scott Allan An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence (Edizione 4) Palgrave Macmillan 2016 978-0-230-20801-8
Facchinetti, Roberta English Phonetics and Morphology. A Reader for First Year University Students (Edizione 3) QuiEdit 2016 9788864642314
Cruttenden, Alan Gimson's Pronunciation of English Routledge 2014 9781444183092
Plag, Ingo Word-Formation in English Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2003

Assessment methods and criteria

Pre-requisite: B2 language certificate (Council of Europe). This can be obtained from the Language Centre (CLA) or from a number of certified language institutes (see student guide).

Aims: the exam aims at evaluating:
- the knowledge and understanding of the topics in the syllabus
- the ability to make linguistic analyses
- the development of metalinguistic awareness
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Contents: students will be examined on the range of topics listed in the syllabus

Assessment: a written exam consisting of open questions, multiple choice questions, phonetic transcriptions and exercises. The exam lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Evaluation: the final mark (/out of 30) will derive from the evaluation of the written exam (50%) and the mark of the B2 language certificate (50%)

Final note: the contents of the exam are the same for attending and non-attending students. All students will be tested for the same skills.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018