Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: GIUSEPPINA DI GREGORIO

Expected Learning Outcomes


The course aims at providing tools to consolidate English language skills, with particular reference to the main field of the degree course, promoting a systematic reflection on the relationship between English language and Tourism sector.

The proposed activities will develop:
1) Knowledge and understanding - The consolidation of the four basic linguistic skills is the main aim of this course, in order to reach an intermediate level competence (B2 - CEFR). For this reason, the syntactic and morphological aspects of English language will be analyzed, with regard to phonetics, as well as the uses of English in tourism and business fields, in light of the objectives of the degree course.

2) Applying knowledge and understanding - Students will be able to apply acquired knowledge and to converse fluently, with lexical precision and syntactic correctness, on specific issues concerning the professional tourism field.

3) Making judgments - Linguistic competence is the basis for a practical use of microlanguage in future professional fields beyond national borders, in a trans-and international perspective.

4) Communication skills - These skills will allow students to operate at an international level with appropriate tools, knowledge and skills required by the job market, with a prevalent reference to the
economic sector.

5) Learning skills - The course aims to develop students' self-learning skills.

Course Structure

Lectures with the use of handouts and slides; written and oral exercises, with group and individual tests; case studies analysis.

Required Prerequisites

B1 Level - CEFR.

Detailed Course Content


The  second year general English course for the Degree in Tourism Studies is a B2 level course, with an aim to consolidating basic structures and lexis, introducing  those elements which  characterize competence at a B2 level. 36 hours are dedicated to the general language course  in face to face lessons in the classroom and a significant number of hours of individual study are necessary, using resources which will be  given to students as the course procedes, in order to successfully reach the level requested.

The 2nd year general English course aims at developing the four skills  by  presenting reading tasks with cultural content connected to the traditons and history of the local territory. At the same time lexical content is encouraged through the production of  promotional material such as posters, allowing the  learner to practise essential elements of of the professional world of Tourism.

The general language classes  also focus on developing  listening and speaking skills, providing opportunities  to practice individually and in groups. Lexis and idioms used in the tourism sector are presented to students  along with grammatical and structural  elements and liguistic conventions for the Tourism sector.The second year general language programme continues to broaden the student’s knowledge  of spelling, linking this skill to developing more accurate pronunciation and listening skills in order to improve student’s ability to understand  the relationships between words, better understand individual words and also deduce the meaning  of unknown words. Elements of Job Placement, such as writing  CVs and  preparing  for job interviews  are also taken into consideration in the second year course.

MODULE II - English for the Arts

The second module focuses on the following topics: 

1) the World of Visual Arts;

2) Design and Advertising;

3) Architecture and Urban Environment;

4) Multimedia;

5) Art from the 15th to the 18th century;

6) Art in the 18th and 19th centuries;

7) Art in the 20th century;

8) Special focus: Sicilian Baroque.

III MODULE - Gamification in Tourism

Textbook Information

L. Clegg, G. Orlandi, Art Today, CLITT;

Additional materials will be given to students as the course procedes. They will be downloaded thanks to STUDIUM.


Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Abilità linguistiche (writing, reading, listening, reading) CEFR Level B2Materiali forniti dagli esperti linguistici. In aggiunta, si consigli di consultare i testi indicati per lo studio personale.
2The World of Visual Arts ART TODAY
3Design and AdvertisingART TODAY
4Architecture and Urban EnvironmentART TODAY
5MultimediaART TODAY
6Art in the Middle AgesART TODAY
7Art form the 15th to the 18th centuryART TODAY
8Art in the 18th and 19th centuriesART TODAY
9Art in the 20th centuryART TODAY
10Sicilian BaroqueAdditional materials, STUDIUM
11GamificationAdditional materials, STUDIUM

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

The final exam consists of two parts, the written exam and the oral one.

Written test:

If the written exam is passed (minimum 18/30, with the possibility of accessing with reserve), students will be able to take part in the oral exam.

Oral exam and presentation of the project:

For the General English section, students will have an interview with the native speaker expert that will focus on the materials used during Prof. Di Nuzzo's lessons.

The oral exam will focus on the topics listed in the syllabus, II and III MODULE. Furthermore, students have the possibility to create a product to promote Sicily, following the teacher's instructions regarding three elements: destination, duration, and target customers. The presentation of the projects will take place in the classroom and the evaluation (/30) will contribute to determine the final mark. Further information will be provided during the lessons.