English language 2 LM (2013/2014)

Course code
Roberto Cagliero
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Modulo 1 3 II semestre Marta Degani
Modulo 2 3 II semestre Roberto Cagliero

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Modulo 1 Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.5 from Mar 4, 2014  to Mar 28, 2014
Modulo 1 Wednesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall S.10 from Feb 24, 2014  to Mar 28, 2014
Modulo 2 Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.5 from Apr 3, 2014  to May 31, 2014
Modulo 2 Wednesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall S.10 from Apr 3, 2014  to May 31, 2014

Learning outcomes

Module 1:
The course is aimed to provide the theoretical background, the methodology and the fundamental tools of linguistic analysis for conducting a critical study of American political discourse.

Module 2:
Translation and nonverbal communication


Module 2:
“American political discourse”
The course is focused on the analysis of American political language on the lexical, semantic and conceptual levels. In addition to the linguistic approach to the analysis, due consideration will be given to the ideologies that underlie American political discourse and to their specific connotations in the cultural context of the US.

Roderick P. Hart, Sharon E. Jarvis, William P. Jennings, and Deborah Smith-Howell (eds). 2004. Political Keywords. Using Language that Uses Us. Oxford University Press, USA.
George Lakoff. 2002. Moral Politics. How Liberals and Conservatives Think. The University of Chicago Press: Chicago & London. (Parts I, II, III: Introduction, Moral Conceptual Systems, From
Family-based Morality to Politics)

Further information on relevant literature will be provided at the beginning of the course.

The course will be held in English.


Module 2 (prof. Cagliero)
Translation and nonverbal communication

* Books

All books to be read in English. Students will be asked to read, translate into Italian, and comment passages from the following texts:

Argyle, Michael, “Is Nonverbal Communication a Kind of Language?”, ETC, Summer 1989, pp. 158-162

Ekman, P. “Emotions Revealed. Understanding Faces and Feelings” New York, Times Books 2003 (“Te lo leggo in faccia. Riconoscere le emozioni anche quando sono nascoste” Torino, Amrita 2008)

Ekman, P. “Telling Lies” New York, Norton 2009 (“I volti della menzogna” Firenze, Giunti 2009)

Matsumoto, D. “Paul Ekman and the legacy of universals”, Journal of Research in Personality 38 (2004) 45–51

* Videos

Students will be asked to comment passages from the following:

“Paul Ekman, PhD: Compassion and Emotion” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SiUAd35iA

“Dr. Paul Ekman on Expression and Gesture and Their Role in Emotion and Deception - Part 1” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9i-9_QuetA

“Dr. Paul Ekman on Expression and Gesture and Their Role in Emotion and Deception - Part 2” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_tlSAccoWU

“The Human Face” http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-human-face/

“Lie to me” (TV series based on Paul Ekman’s work) 1) http://nonsoloserietv.org/lie-to-me-stagione-1-sub-ita-completa/ 2) http://nonsoloserietv.org/lie-to-me-stagione-2-sub-ita-completa/ 3) http://nonsoloserietv.org/lie-to-me-stagione-3-sub-ita-completa/

“Body Language Quiz / Test your Emotional Intelligence)


Bill Clinton, “I did not…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiIP_KDQmXs

A short video (30-40 seconds max. length) chosen by each student individually, and meant as an exercise in interpreting facial expressions

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam for both attending and non-attending students