International English for Scientific Studies

1 YEAR1 semester3 CFU (APTITUDE TEST)
Prof. Carlotta Dell’Arte 2019-20
DELL’ARTE CARLOTTA 2020-21
Code: 8038849
SSD: L-LIN/12

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The course aims at (i) providing 1st year international students with the language skills, critical thinking and learning strategies required to attend a University degree held in English (ii) providing students with the basic vocabulary in the field of mathematics, physics and chemistry (iii) providing students with the basic knowledge in Academic English (iv) raise students’ awareness on English as a Global Language and English as a Lingua Franca (v) developing students’ listening and reading skills.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
By the end of the course, students will able to (i) recognise specific vocabulary in the fields of maths, physics and chemistry (ii) have a general understanding of spoken and written texts on engineering and science (iii) recognise different pronunciations of English (iv) interact appropriately with administrative staff and professors.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
By the end of the course, students will be able to (i) use specific vocabulary accordingly (ii) identify key ideas and supporting ideas in spoken and written texts (iii) discuss the contents analysed in the texts (iv) address administrative staff and professors appropriately.

MAKING JUDGEMENTS:
By the end of the course, students will be able to (i) assess the coherence of spoken and written texts (ii) classify key ideas and supporting ideas (iii) make conclusions and deduce implications.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
By the end of the course, students will be able to (i) summarise key ideas of a text (ii) highlight the logical reasoning behind a test (iii) use specific vocabulary in the field of maths, physics, chemistry and engineering.

LEARNING SKILLS:
By the end of the course students will be able to (i) use online language resources efficiently (ie. dictionaries, word references) (ii) search for and assess new online language resources.

Students are required to have a B1+ level of English to attend the course.
Students who do not have that level, would need to prepare individually in order to attend the course effectively.
Students may use the book below for personal study: Murphy R., English Grammar in Use, with answers, Intermediate, Fourth Edition, Cambridge University Press.

  • English as a Global Language and English as a Lingua Franca
  • Implications of English language learners
  • Native Speakers and Non-Native Speakers
  • Phonology and Phonetics of English as an International Language
  • Register (formal, informal, neutral, colloquial)
  • Specific vocabulary: maths, physics, chemistry, engineering, academic English, communications, statistics and social sciences
  • Summary writing, for and against essays, opinion essay and abstract