English language 2 (2018/2019)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Sharon Hartle
Sharon Hartle
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 18, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course aims at developing and consolidating students’ competence in syntax, lexical-semantics, and the analysis of text cohesion and coherence of contemporary English, also paying attention to varieties and textual genres. Students should also acquire a linguistic competence in English at the C1 level (only for the listening and reading comprehension skills) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


The course will focus on the linguistic analysis of spoken texts. The main concepts of pragmatics and discourse analysis, will be illustrated.

Course Programme

Language or Linguistics? What’s the difference?
Focus on meaning: semantics and pragmatics
Speech Act Theory Austin and Searle
Grice’s Cooperation Principle and Conversational Maxims
Face and Politeness Strategies
Face Threatening
Introduction to Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics and Literature: irony and metaphor
Analysis of spoken language

Teaching Methodology
The course will consist of a blended learning approach which combines face to dace classroom lectures with classroom discussion and the use of digital tools; the students are encouraged to participate actively in the discussions.

Students who cannot come to class are invited to access the Moodle platform (Use your university passwords).

Further bibliographical references to those published on this page will be supplied during the course and published on the Moodle platform.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Brian Paltridge Discourse Analysis: An Introduction Continuum 2006
Nick Riemer Introducing Semantics Cambridge University Press 2010 978-0-521-61741-3
Joan Cutting Pragmatics: a resource book for students (Edizione 3) Routledge 2015 978-0-415-53437-6
Mona Baker, Gill Francis, Elena Tognini-Bonelli Text and Technology In Honour of John Sinclair John Benjamins B.V. 1993 90 272 2138 3
Diane Blakemore Understanding Utterances Blackwell Publishing 1992 0-631-15867-7

Assessment methods and criteria

To sit the exam, students need to have already passed:
• 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, that is, lesson slides (downloadable on the Moodle platform) and the bibliographic references provided.

The exam will consist of a written test including a number of questions (usually 8-10), for a total of 30 marks, focusing on the topics covered during the course. There may be three types of questions: multiple choice questions and open-ended questions on the theoretical notions, or textual analysis questions that ask student to apply their knowledge to linguistic data. Students may, for instance, be asked to identify speech acts, implicatures, lack of observation of maxims, or they may be asked to analyze a brief passage applying the analysis strategies they have studied.

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. The latter will be converted into 30ths according to the CLA conversion table. Students who have obtained external language certificates should obtain and equivalence certificate from the CLA before the date of the exam.