English SC (i) (2014/2015)

Course code
4S02217
Credits
12
Coordinator
Valeria Franceschi
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
I MODULO PARTE (I) 6 L-LIN/12-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH semestrino IA, Semestrino IB Valeria Franceschi
II MODULO PARTE (P) 6 L-LIN/12-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH Semestrino IIA Valeria Franceschi

Learning outcomes

Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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Aims of the course:

Consolidate knowledge of the phonetic-phonologic and morphologic (especially word-formation) systems of the English language; illustrate the key stages of the history of the English language; provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to understand and analyze texts relating to computer-mediated-communication.


Module: II MODULO PARTE (P)
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This module aims at providing the students with the theoretical and practical knowledge to understand and analyse advertising texts of various nature; political speeches; journalistic texts.

Syllabus

Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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Course contents:
Part (i)
- Overview of the history of the English language from its origins to today;
- Key concepts of phonetics and phonology;
- Elements of English morphology, with a specific focus on word-formation
processes;
- English as a global language;
- English and new media: computer-mediated-communication.

References:
Letture obbligatorie / compulsory reading list

- lesson slides (downloadable from the e-learning platform)

- Baym, Nancy (2010). Personal Connections in the Digital Age. MA: Polity Press. pp. 72-98

- Crystal, David (2002).The English Language. London: Penguin (chapters 1-6, 8, 10-13)

- Facchinetti, Roberta. Dispensa. English Phonetics and Morphology. A reader for first year University Students. Quiedit.

- Jenkins, Jennifer (2009). World Englishes: A Resource Book for Students. Abingdon, Routledge. pp. 2-8; 14-18; 22-37.

- Kuiper, Koenraad. and Allan, W.Scott. (2004). An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence. Basingstoke: Macmillan. pp. 101-124, 127, 189-192

Extra references (not compulsory)

- Jenkins, Jennifer, Alessia Cogo and Martin Dewey (2011). Review of developments in research into English as a lingua franca. Language Teaching 44(3) pp. 281-315.

- Herring, Susan (2013). Discourse in Web 2.0: Familiar, Reconfigured, and Emergent. In D. Tannen & A. M. Tester (Eds.), Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics 2011: Discourse 2.0: Language and new media. Washington, DC: Georgetown Univ. Press

- Lieber, Rochelle (2005). English Word-formation Processes. In Štekauer, P. & R. Lieber, Eds. 2005. Handbook of wordformation.
Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 377-427


Module: II MODULO PARTE (P)
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- Identification of the major rhetorical-discursive features of the language of advertising through the analysis of advertising texts of various nature;
- Multilingualism in advertising texts: linguistic fetishism and the ‘country of origin effect’;
- Identification and analysis of the major rhetorical-discursive features characterizing political discourse, with a focus on political speeches;
- Analysis of linguistic and rhetorical strategies of journalistic texts

Active participation in class is welcome and encouraged.


Essential references for the exam:

- Slides (on the e-learning platform)

- Goddard, 2002. The Language of Advertising. London: Routledge.

- Charteris-Black, J. 2014. Analysing Political Speeches. Rhetoric, Discourse and Metaphor. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (chapters 1-6)

- Facchinetti, R., Brownlees, N. Bös, B., Fries U. 2012. News as Changing Texts. Corpora, Methodologies and Analysis. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Chapter 4)

- Richardson, J.E. 2007. Analysing Newspapers. An Approach from Critical Discourse Analysis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (chapters 3, 7)

Extra references (not compulsory):

- Leech, G.N. 1966. English in Advertising, London: Longman (Chapters 5,6,12-14,17)

- Goodman, S., Graddol, D., Lillis, T. (eds.). 2007. Redesigning English: New Texts, New Identities. London: Routledge. (Chapter 3)

Assessment methods and criteria

Final exam:
The final exam will involve both part (i) and (p) of the course. It will be written and it will focus on the topics covered during the course. In order to access the exam, a B2 certification is required.

As the course spans both semesters, students will be able to sign up for the exam from June 2015.

Students unable to attend classes should contact me via e-mail or during office hours to obtain the password of the e-learning site.