32/16/038 - LINGUA INGLESE 1

Anno Accademico ​2017/2018

Modalità d'Erogazione
Lingua Insegnamento

Informazioni aggiuntive


After attending both the theoretical part and the practical part of the English Language 1 course, students will:
1. Have acquired written and oral linguistic and metalinguistic competence at the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
2. Be able to provide a theoretical and analytical introduction to the grammatical, pragmatic and discursive tools of stylistic analysis by means of the specialised language and terminology of the discipline. Students will be familiar with the stylistic features of various text-types, ranging from advertisements, film and TV series dialogues, newspaper and magazine articles to literary texts, webpages and multimedia texts. These competences will be acquired, on the one hand, to critically examine issues arising from literary and non-literary interactions and, on the other hand, to independently research on English linguistic and stylistic topics and themes.


B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


STYLISTICS (Theoretical Part) – 20 hours
Theoretical lessons, or English linguistics
1. Introduction to the study of English stylistics
2. Key concepts in stylistics
3. Development: doing stylistics
4. Exploration: investigating style
5. Extension: readings in stylistics

Practical classes, or general English (Esercitazioni)
General English practical classes taught by language teachers. Their objective is acquiring linguistic competence at a C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The classes will be taught from October to May with no interruption; in January and February, during the exam weeks, they will have a reduced schedule. For the timetable, please visit the faculty website.
SYLLABUS: (students will be tested on the following grammatical and lexical structures which, therefore, should be covered during classroom time).
As a general rule, the grammatical and lexical forms which are included in the programmes for the inferior levels – English Language 3 (B2/C1 level) in this case – are to be considered as an integral part of the following syllabus.
• The Continuous Aspect
• Describing Present and Past Habits
• Speculating
• Conditionals (including Inversion)
• Verb Patterns (Gerund and Infinitive forms – both Active and Passive structures – Reporting Verbs)
• Introducing Opinions
• Noun Phrases
• Relative Clauses
• Introductory It
• The Perfect Aspect
• Hypothetical Forms
• Modal Verbs
• The Passive
• The Future
• Concession Clauses
• Describing Cause and Effect
• Cleft Sentences
• Participle Clauses
• Future in the Past
• Ellipsis and Substitution
• Verb Tenses for Unreal Situations
• Adverbials
• Negative Inversion
• Comparative Structures
• Prepositions

VOCABULARY: (as well as covering a wide range of vocabulary on a broad range of topics, the following list should also be covered).
• Prefixes/Suffixes
• Phrasal Verbs
• Metaphors
• Two-part Expressions
• Idioms
• Academic English
• Confusing Words

Metodi Didattici

Theoretical lectures (20 hours), or English linguistics, and practical classes, or general English (Esercitazioni).
The general English practical classes will be taught both in classrooms and multimedia labs. The lab classes will be an integral part of the entire course and will prepare the students for the final written exam.
Attending lectures and classes is not compulsory but is highly recommended.

Verifica dell'apprendimento

The final exam will consist of a written exam on the general English practical part, followed by an oral exam on the English linguistics theoretical part.

STYLISTICS (Theoretical Part)
Theoretical lessons, or English linguistics
Students will be assessed on the theoretical part through an oral exam. During the exam students will introduce and examine a literary or non-literary text of their choice (please hand in a paper copy to the lecturer during the exam). The text will be described using the linguistic tools of stylistics, i.e., those provided in the textbook, in order to interpret and evaluate the text itself and the author’s message and ideology. In their presentation of the text, students will show that they have acquired analytical, critical and methodological skills, along with the specialised language and terminology of stylistics.

Practical classes, or general English (Esercitazioni)
The students’ linguistic competence in the general English practical part will be assessed by means of a C1-level written exam in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The exam will consist of four different tests: two in the lab (listening + multiple choice) and two in a classroom (reading comprehension + writing). The lab tests will be aimed at assessing the students’ abilities to understand the language used by both Anglophone native speakers (British, American, Australian, etc.) and ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) speakers. The lab tests will also be aimed at assessing the students’ grammatical and lexical knowledge. The classroom tests will assess the students’ skills at reading and writing texts of various types, mainly academic texts.
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Recently-issued international certifications of English language, such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, can replace the entire written exam or parts of it: please see With regard to certifications issued by the Cagliari University Language Centre, please contact the lecturer during her office hours.


1. P. Simpson, 2014, Stylistics: A Resource Book for Students, 2nd edition, London: Routledge (all chapters);
2. J. Bell & R. Gower, Advanced Expert CAE - Course Book, Pearson Longman.

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