English SC (i) - I MODULO PARTE (I) (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Valeria Franceschi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
semestrino IA, Semestrino IB

To show the organization of the course that includes this module, follow this link * Course organization

Lesson timetable

semestrino IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.3  
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3  
Semestrino IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.3  

Learning outcomes

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.


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
- English as a global language;
- English and new media: computer-mediated-communication.

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

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.