Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH
INGLESE SCIENTIFICO

A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Francesca Ida Carducci Wednesdays from 15:00 16:00 on appointment (sede P. Rinascimento)
Teaching in foreign languages
Course entirely taught in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in a foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Sanitary Nutritional and Environmental Biology (LM-6)
Curriculum: Percorso comune
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Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is  to develop a knowledge of  Scientific English at a B2 level according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for  Languages); to learn vocabulary and structures typically used in the field of the sciences;  to develop reading comprehension skills in this  field, including the scientific abstract; to be able to break down and comprehend the structure of the scientific abstract; to understand spoken English and be able to discuss topics of a scientific nature with correct pronunciation. The knowledge of English at a B2 level will serve as a base for  further studies of English, a language now essential in the scientific world. Lessons will be entirely in English.

Program

The following elements of grammar will be reviewed / presented during the course. Exercises will accompany the topics.

1. A brief review of  verb  tenses (with practical examples from scientific texts)

2. Passive voice (with examples from scientific  sources and exercises)

3. Modals (with practical examples from scientific texts)

4.Conditional forms  (specific use in the sciences)

5.The indefinite article / the definite article (and its omission)

6. Reported speech

7. Reporting verbs (in particular those used in reporting information in scientific texts)

8. Countables and uncountables / Quantifiers

9. Comparative and superlative forms

10. Verbals (gerunds and infinitives)

11. Relative clauses (restrictive and non restrictive)

12. Connectives

13. The position of the adverb in English

14. Prefixes and suffixes (particularly in regard to scientific vocabulary)

15. Irregular plurals of words of Latin and Greek origin

Specific areas of Use of English :

Language used in the sciences (ex. verbs most commonly used)

Numbers and mathematics in English

Make vs. do  vs. take vs. have

Common collocations

Punctuation

During the first few lessons, the structure of the scientific abstract will be studied in detail and examples will be provided. Elements of English (use of passive voice, phrasal verbs, reporting verbs, the definite and indefinite article, etc.) will be identified and analyzed in selected scientific texts.

Audio and visual materials (usually with subtitles) will be used and discussed in class throughout the course and will often be accompanied by comprehension exercises.

Topics will be of a scientific nature and possibly of shared interest among students.

Bridging Courses

B1 level English

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

At the end of the course, students must :

A) demonstrate a B2 (CEFR)  command of grammar structures and Use of English in the field of the sciences

B) be able to comprehend written texts and spoken English on topics regarding the sciences be able to answer questions based on these at a B2 (CEFR) level

C)  understand and be able to break down the structure of a scientific abstract and be able to answer questions based on its content  at a B2 (CEFR) level

D) show to have studied and understood the materials presented in class (written , audio and video materials) a B2 (CEFR) level.

All materials or links to these materials will be posted on the Blended Learning platform.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

 All materials and exercises used during the course will be uploaded onto the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it


Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Lectures accompanied by exercises in class. Lessons will be entirely conducted in English.

Attendance

Non mandatory

Course books

Materials Booklet (Dispensa)

This booklet contains  reading materials, grammar notes, notes on abstracts with examples, exercises, etc. All materials, including links to audio and video materials,  will be uploaded onto the Blended Learning platform.. A list of useful websites for grammar and Use of English practice will be provided.

Further materials may be introduced during the course. These will all be uploaded onto the Blended Learning platform as the course progresses.

Assessment

Students must pass a multiple choice written exam including a listening comprehension test (multiple choice questions) . Questions will regard materials in the ‘dispensa’and  those presented during lessons (all posted on the Blended-Learning platform), the comprehension of a scientific text/texts (oral and written) and/or a scientific abstract, grammar and use of English.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

The program and teaching materials are the same for both attending and non attending students.Both attending and non attending students are responsible for materials posted on the Blended Learning platform..

 

Attendance

non mandatory

Course books

Materials Booklet (Dispensa)

This booklet contains  reading materials, grammar notes, notes on abstracts with examples,exercises, etc. All materials, including links to audio and video materials,  will be uploaded onto the Blended Learning platform. A list of useful websites for grammar and Use of English practice will be provided.

Further materials may be introduced during the course. These will all be uploaded onto the Blended Learning platform as the course progresses.

Assessment

Students must pass a multiple choice written exam including a listening comprehension test (multiple choice questions) . Questions will regard materials in the ‘dispensa’and  those presented during lessons (all posted on the Blended-Learning platform), the comprehension of a scientific text/texts (oral and written) and/or a scientific abstract, grammar and use of English.

Notes

Attending classes is strongly advised.
Students must write to the professor using the email address provided by the University of Urbino The 'subject' of the email must be SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH COURSE (LM)

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