Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: PAOLA CLARA LEOTTA

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course aims at consolidating and deepening students’ linguistic skills concerning the morphological, syntactical, and lexical aspects of language (B1+ level of the Common European Framework), the receptive and productive oral and written skills, and the comment on specialized texts belonging to the fields of psychological studies.

Entry level: B1.

Achievement level: B1+.

Following the Dublin Descriptors, the expected learning outcomes are the following:

Knowledge and understanding (DD1)

-          Knowledge of theories and translation models in the English linguistics

Applying knowledge and understanding (DD2)

-          Link the theoretical and methodological contents learned to the interpretation of specialized texts

-          Being able to research dictionaries and corpora through the use of technology

Making judgments (DD3)

- Being able to interpret and formulate the learning demand

Communication skills (DD4)

- Being able to talk, negotiate and argue using the specialized lexicon

- Being able to write texts of various genres.

Learning skills (DD5)

-          Being able to identify one’s learning needs

Course Structure

Lectures + Laboratory with a native speaker. 

Required Prerequisites

B1 level of CEFR

Attendance of Lessons

It is to underline that attendance, both in the laboratory activities and the lectures, is highly recommended, given the communicative language teaching approach.  It is also necessary to access the in-progress tests.

Detailed Course Content

Morphological, syntactical, and lexical analysis of different texts types; reading comprehension activities with a focus on the scientific lexicon of Psychology, particularly on the following topics:

- Industrial/Organizational Psychology ( Workplace stressors)

- Physiological Psychology (Friedman and Rosenman: Type A and heart disease)

- Psychoanalysis (Freud, Methods used in the Psychodynamic Approach)

- "Problem Column" in Teenagers Magazine

- Shyness

- Human Emotions

- Lexicology (Metaphors, Idioms, Semantic change).

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

- Identify and use the grammatical and syntactical structures dealt with during lessons

- Recognize and use the most frequently recurring elements of the specialized lexicon

- Read, translate, and comment on texts about Psychology

- Sum up information found in texts/films.

Textbook Information

Grammar and language skills:

Grammar: M. Swan, C. Walter, D. Bertocchi, The Good Grammar Book for Italian Students, Oxford U.P., 2015 (only for reference, 318 pp);

– Language skills: Handouts will be provided (about 20 pp.)

Monographic course:
1. S. Porro, English for Psychological Studies, Celid 2009 (pp. 43-67, 24 pp)

2. Handouts (on Freud, "Problem Column" in Teenagers Magazine, Shyness, Human Emotions, Lexicology, 14 pp.).

M. Swan, C. Walter, D. BertocchiThe Good Grammar Book for Italian StudentsOxford U.P.2015 
S. PorroEnglish for Psychological StudiesCelid 2009 

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Grammar B1+ CEFR level-M. Swan, C. Walter, D. Bertocchi, The Good Grammar Book for Italian Students, Oxford U.P., 2015  
2lab unitshandouts
3Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Workplace stressors)S. Porro, English for Psychological Studies, Celid 2013, pp.43-51 
4Physiological Psychology (Friedman and Rosenman: Type A and heart disease)S. Porro, English for Psychological Studies, Celid 2013, pp. 52-58 
5Psychoanalysis (Methods used in the Psychodynamic Approach)S. Porro, English for Psychological Studies, Celid 2013, pp. 59-67 
6Sigmund Freud (watching activity, note taking, oral report)Ask the Lecturer
7"Problem Column" in Teenagers Magazinehandouts
9Human Emotionshandouts
10Lexicology (Metaphors, Idioms, Semantic change).handouts
11Relationship Problemshandouts

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Written test, oral test (interview with a native speaker + interview with the Professor), and in-progress assessment for attending students.


The evaluation criteria used for the examination are:


Adequacy of expression about content and method

Ability to re-process knowledge

Ability to organize knowledge according to specific objectives

Orderliness of essay

The breadth of thematic awareness and vocabulary accuracy

Ability to study critically

The final mark of the course (4 credits) will be derived from the average of the marks obtained in the three parts (written test, interview with the native speaker, and interview with the Professor).

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

The written test focuses on the B1+ level of the CEFR.

The oral exam is focused on the discussion of the topics dealt with in the laboratory and lectures 

Students will read, translate, answer comprehension questions, summarize, and comment.

 The exam is based on the knowledge of specific lexicon.