English language 2 [CInt] (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Dora Renna
Dora Renna
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 18, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce the study of semantics and syntax of the English language, as well as to familiarise the students with Business English as a Lingua Franca (BELF).
By encouraging a metalinguistic analysis of the English language, the course also aims to strengthen the students' linguistic abilities so as to comply with the C1 level as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
By the end of the corse, the students will be aware of how syntactic and semantic relations within the English language, and will also be able to recognise some practical uses of syntax and semantics in the business world. The students will also be able to understand the role of BELF as a tool for their studies and as a professional asset.


Syntax: main definitions, sentence analysis.
Semantics: main definitions, words and their meaning.
Applications of syntax and semantics in online business.
Introduction to BELF (Business English as a Lingua Franca).

Aarts, Bas. English Syntax and Argumentation. Second edition. Palgrave, 2001.
Gerritsen, M., & Nickerson, C. BELF: Business English as a Lingua Franca. In F. Bargiela-Chiappini
(Ed.). The Handbook of Business Discourse. Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
Kankaanranta, Anne & Louhiala-Salminen, Leena. "What language does global business speak?" - The
concept and development of BELF. Iberica. 26, 2013. 17-34.

Further material will be provided by the teacher via moodle.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Karen A. Cerulo and Janet M. Ruane Apologies of the Rich and Famous: Cultural, Cognitive, and Social Explanations of Why We Care and Why We Forgive. Social Psychology Quarterly 2014, Vol. 77(2) 123–149 2014
Aarts, Bas English Syntax and Argumentation. Second edition. CHAP. 1-2-3-4 Palgrave 2001 ONLY CHAPTERS 2-3-4
Coles, Linda Marketing with Social Media ONLY CHAPTER 1 Wiley 2015
Jenkins, J.; Cogo, A., Dewey, M. Review of developments in research into English as a lingua franca. Lang. Teach. (2011), 44.3, 281–315. Cambridge University Press 2011 2011
Kankaanranta, Anne & Louhiala-Salminen, Leena "What language does global business speak?" - The concept and development of BELF. Iberica. 26 2013

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam cannot be accessed without passing the exams English Language 1, English Literature 1, and the C1 CLA test (computerised test).
The consists in a written test concerning the topics explored during the course, and is a mix of open and multiple choice questions.