English (2008/2009)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
Modulo introduttivo 6 L-LIN/12-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B Maria Ivana Lorenzetti
Modulo avanzato 3 L-LIN/12-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B Roberto Cagliero

Learning outcomes

Module: Modulo introduttivo
Introduction to the Study of the English language

The course will provide an introduction to study of the English language.

Module: Modulo avanzato
This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of translation from English, with special attention to the field of education and social services.


Module: Modulo introduttivo
The main topics covered will be:

-an introduction to the various levels of linguistic analysis
- the domain of phonetics and phonology
- the domain of morphology (word structure an word formation processes)
- the domain of semantics (sense relations, levels of meaning, the English lexicon, resources for the study of the English Lexicon)

Ballard, K. (2002) The Frameworks of English, Basingstoke, Palgrave (Ch. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 , 9, 10, 11.2 word stress)
(alternatively) Plag Ingo et al., 2007, Introduction to English Linguistics, Berlin, Mouton De Gruyter [Capitoli 1, 2 (solo fino a 2.4), 3, 4 e 5];
Roach, P. (1991) English Phonetics and Phonology. A practical course. Cambridge, CambridgeUniversity Press

OPTIONAL READINGS (especially for non-attending students)
- Baker Ann, 2006, Ship or Sheep? Book and Audio CD pack: An Intermediate Pronunciation Course, Cambridge, C.U.P. (AN EASY GUIDE TO ENGLISH PHONETICS)
- Laurie Bauer, 1983, English Word Formation, Cambridge, C.U.P. (Morphology)
- Barbara Fennell, 2001, A History of English, Oxford, Blackwell (HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE)
- Stephen Gramley (2001) The Vocabulary of World English, London, Arnold [pp. 1-3, 214-215, 221-223]
- Howard Jackson, 2002, Grammar and Vocabulary. A resource book for students, London, Routledge (GRAMMAR AND THE LEXICON)
- Geraldine Ludbrook, 2004, English Pronunciation. Strategie ed esercizi per capire e migliorare la pronunica Britannica e Usa, CD-ROM, Trento, CentroEdizioni Erickson (PRONUNCIATION)
- Peter Roach, 1983, English Phonetics and Phonology, Cambridge, C.U.P. (PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY)

Additional material, including powerpoint presentations of the lectures will be made available on-line.

Module: Modulo avanzato
Reading and analysis of essays in the field of emotions, neurosciences and emotional intelligence. Analysis of texts in the English original and in the Italian translation.


Selected passages from:
D. Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, New York, Bantam 1995 (chapter 2, “Anatomy of an Emotional Hijacking”, pp. 13-29; the section ‘Can Emotions be Intelligent’ from chapter 3, pp. 42-45; chapter 5, “Passion’s Slaves” pp. 56-77; chapter 11, “Mind and Medicine”, pp. 164-185)

D. Goleman, Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama. New York, Bantam 2003 (chapter 11, “Schooling for the Good Heart”, pp. 256-279)

A glosary of education and social services, compiled by the instructor.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: Modulo introduttivo
The exam will consist in a two-hour written test in English, including questions and exercises on the topics covered during the course.


a) LISS Students: Level ALTE B1 (Complete test). Students must obtain a level B1 certificate in English, before sitting for the exam, and must show the certificate to the teacher on the day of the exam.

b) Students of Other Degree Courses: Level ALTE A2. Students must obtain a level A2 certificate in English, before sitting for the exam, and must show the certificate to the teacher on the day of the exam. The mark obtained in the A2, however, will not be computed in the final mark of the exam.
Please notice that the typology of the course presuppose an intermediate level of competence in English, especially in relation to written competence and comprehension, since the language of the course is English.

Module: Modulo avanzato
Oral exam.