Scheda programma d'esame
Anno accademico2016/17
PeriodoSecondo semestre

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Learning outcomes
The student who successfully completes the course will have a good understanding of the importance of ‘phraseology’ in English. [‘Phraseology’ is concerned with the way in which individual words are regularly found in combination with one another, either to form longer units of meaning or to provide a link from one unit of meaning to another.] At the end of the course, the student will have developed an overall awareness of the quantitative importance of phraseological units (as opposed to single words) in English, both in terms of the vocabulary of the language and as regards their presence in texts. He/She will also have been introduced to many specific types of phrase, in terms of both form and meaning, and will be able to identify such units in text. The knowledge acquired will enable the student to become a much more successful user and learner of English.
Assessment criteria of knowledge
Students will be assessed on their knowledge of the linguistic notions presented in the course, and their ability to recognize specific linguistic phenomena in written text. They will also be judged on the basis of their ability to expound their knowledge in English, as well as their overall competence in English.


  • Final oral exam

Further information:
Assessment will take place through the lexical analysis of an extract from the text which has been studied during the course. Students will be expected to be able to read the text aloud, translate it into Italian, and identify and describe any examples of the phraseological phenomena studied during the course. The student should also, therefore, have become familiar with the relevant terminology, and be able to talk in general about the phenomena studied.

Teaching methods

Delivery: face to face

Learning activities:

  • attending lectures
  • individual study
  • group work

Attendance: Advised

Teaching methods:

  • Lectures
  • Task-based learning/problem-based learning/inquiry-based learning

The course deals especially with the ‘phraseology’ of the English language. It is structured around two different types of input, which are both closely connected and provided in parallel. One of these inputs is an informative text dealing with aspects of the European Union (‘How the European Union Works’). The second type of input is a presentation of the different types of ‘form’ which English phrases can take and the different sorts of ‘meaning’ which they can convey. All examples of the form and meaning associated with phraseological units are taken directly from the text on the European Union, and are thus fully contextualized. Since text is normally perceived as being a succession of individual words (rather than phrases), PowerPoint displays will be an integral part of presentation, thereby allowing important word combinations to stand out through the use of colour and other typographical techniques.
1) 'How the European Union Works', European Commission Directorate-General for Communication, 2013. This text is available through the website ‘EU Bookshop’. More precise and updated information can be found on Dr. Coffey's page of Unimap ( 2) Coffey, Stephen. ‘Special Word Combinations in English’. Tipografia Editrice Pisana, Via Trento 26/30, Pisa, 2014. It is also recommended that students have a monolingual learners' dictionary. A number of different ones are available, some of which are indicated on Dr. Coffey's page of Unimap.
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