Academic Year 2019/2020 - 2° Year
Teaching Staff: Giuseppina DI GREGORIO
Credit Value: 9
Taught classes: 54 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

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 (B1 - 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.

Detailed Course Content

I MODULE (4 CFU) - General English
Grammar and Contrastive Grammar of English, with written and oral exercises. Tutorials on comprehension skills, written re-elaboration and syntactic transformations.

II MODULE (4 CFU) - English for Specific Purposes
The aim is to provide students with tools to understand the contents of English for Tourism and the related terminology. This module focuses on the micro-language and on specific technical materials of the economic field, in order to underline contrasts and, at the same time, syntactical and lexical similarities of several typologies of texts to strengthen reading, listening and speaking skills.

III MODULE (1 CFU) - Communication
This module focuses on written production in order to support students in applying what they have learned. In particular, different types of documents will be taken into account, such as inquiries, replies, complaints, CVs, reports, etc. Moreover, in order to consider the strategies that are adopted to write specific texts for tourism, some articles in TEXTUS "Tourism and Tourists in Language and Linguistics", vol. XXV (2012) n. 1 (January-April) will be analysed.

Textbook Information

R. Walker, K. Harding, Oxford English for Careers – Tourism 1, Oxford;

R. Walker, K. Harding, Oxford English for Careers – Tourism 2, Oxford (chapters 1-2-3-12);

TEXTUS - "Tourism and Tourists in Language and Linguistics", vol. XXV (2012) n. 1 (January-April)

Personal study

P. Emmerson, Email English, Macmillan;

R. Murphy, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge or A. Gallagher, F. Galuzzi, Activating Grammar, Pearson/Longman or A. Amendolagine, N. Coe, K. Paterson and M. Harrison, Grammar Spectrum, Oxford.