L-LIN/12 - 9 CFU - Annual Tuition

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

The course aims to encourage language awareness and to provide some useful metalinguistic instruments for reaching an awareness on the students’ part of their own processes of language learning; indeed, an important objective is to guide students towards autonomous learning. Textual and morphological analysis (including the use of examples of realia) will be used as practical examples of features of theory. The target level of linguistic competence envisaged is B1+ within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course Structure

Lectures, practice lessons.

Detailed Course Content

A and B modules introduce the basic structures of the language. The first module focuses on Phonetics and Phonology with the aim of providing the students with practical tools to improve their language learning. The second module focuses on morphological, grammatical, syntactic and semantic analysis, with reference to translation practice.. Special attention will be given to morphological and grammatical analysis and to translation practice.

Module C aims to the acquisition of language analysis tools within a translation practice perspective. A contrastive textual analysis will be carried out to compare L1 and L2 language systems. Different text types will be used as well as different registers. The module focuses also on monolingual dictionary practice and use. At the end of the module students will be able to analyse a text linguistically and metalinguistically and will be able to translate it.

Language instruction

Students will be divided into the language classes according to their language competence. A placement test will be organized. The starting level is B1. Language classes are part of the course.

Textbook Information


Culpeper, Jonathan et al (eds), 2009, English Language. Description, Variation and Context, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan (capitoli: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16).

Baker, Mona, 2011, In Other Words, Abingdon, Routledge (capitoli: 1, 2, 3, 4).


Language Instruction:

Grammar and textbook titles will be provided by teachers according to the group in which students have been placed after their entry tests.



Collins Cobuild Dictionary for Advanced Learners, London: Collins new edition (together with How to use the Dictionary, Collins ELT, London); Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (con cd-rom), London, Longman new edition; A.S. Hornby, Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Oxford, Oxford University Press, new edition; Cambridge Learner Advanced Dictionary (con cd-rom), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, new edition; English Dictionary, New edition, Oxford, MacMillan ultima edizione; Ragazzini Dizionario Inglese–Italiano Italiano–Inglese, Zanichelli, new edition


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