English language 2 [Tur] (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Valentina Adami
Valentina Adami
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

• English Language 1
• English C1 computer-based test
• English Literature 1

The aim of this course is providing students with the basic theoretical notions of pragmatics and an introduction to discourse analysis as well as the practical tools to analyze written and spoken texts from a pragmatics perspective. These approaches will then be applied to the analysis of tourism discourse.


• Definitions and concepts in the fields of pragmatics and discourse analysis: Text, co-text and context; Cohesion and Coherence; Speech Act Theory; Implicature and Inference; the cooperative principle and conversational maxims; referential and non-referential uses of language; discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis
• Analysis of texts through individual and group activities (tourism ads, websites, brochures…)

NB: In addition to the reference books indicated below, all students are required to study lecture slides and all other materials uploaded to Moodle, as well as lecture notes (the latter only for students who choose to attend the course).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Brian Paltridge Discourse Analysis: An Introduction Continuum 2006 (Chapters 1, 2, 3.)
Joan Cutting Pragmatics: a resource book for students (Edizione 3) Routledge 2015 978-0-415-53437-6 (All except section 8).

Assessment methods and criteria

• English Language 1
• English C1 computer-based test
• English Literature 1

The final exam will be written and it will focus on the topics covered during the course. Study materials include the bibliographic references provided on this page, lesson notes and slides, as well as any other articles/texts/papers that will be uploaded to the Moodle platform during the course.

There may be two types of questions: questions on the theoretical notions, or textual analysis questions that ask student to apply their knowledge to specific texts.

The final grade of the exam will be the average of the grade of the written exam and the grade obtained in the CLA computer test, converted into /30 according to the CLA conversion table. Students who have obtained external language certificates should obtain an equivalence certificate from the CLA before the date of the exam.