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


Language Assistant Email Office hours for students
Francesca Ida Carducci Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 (during lesson periods) or on appointment - CLA

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign languages and intercultural studies (LM-37)
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Learning Objectives

C1+ - advanced C1

Students will be able to:

  •  understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  •  use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  •  produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

perfecting their C1 level of English and preparing for the successive C2 level course


1st Semester:

- Intro. to the course - description of exam- general message to all students

Topics (accompanied by exercises)

- Repairing run on sentences (comma splice)

- Review of common errors (examples of past students' work)

- Rules of capitalization in titles

- Punctuation (comma, colon, semi-colon) advanced exercises

- Summary writing skills. Part 1_ articles (newspapers/journals)  - prep. and strategies

- Verbals _ gerunds/gerund phrases _ to infinitve/to infinitive phrases

- The Thesis Statement/skimming/scanning

- The research article abstract- functional moves (breaking down the RA into f.moves)

- Presentation of the Townson and OWL at Purdue on line writing labs

- Vocabulary building exercises (throughout course)

   word formation charts

   phrasal verb > one word equivalent

   formal phrasal verbs

    reporting verbs / reporting nouns (w/ generic verb) - advance

    avoiding 'very'

- Parallelism in sentence structure (advanced)

- Adverbial phrases

- Restictive vs. non restrictive clauses (punctuation)

- Advanced conditionals and mixed conditionals (modal use-common mistakes)

- Dangling and misplaced modifiers

- Position of adverbs 

- Position of prepositional phrases

- Avoiding wordiness - writing 'clean' sentences


2nd Semester

Topics (accompanied by exercises)

- Inversion- advanced examples

- Subject . verb agreement (common problems)

- Short story summaries- guidelines/ strategies/exampes

- Collocations (also binomial  and trinomial)

- Using more formal language (academic vocabulary)

- The Subjunctive

- More on abstacts 

   'that' clauses 


   final sentences

- Verbals continued (participial phrases)

- Adjectives (order of)

- Prepositional phrases (order of)

- Analysis of RA abstracts


Throughout the program:

- Videos and readings followed by  class discussions and / or comprehension and / or vocabulary building exercises

(current event topics / biographies/ education / the arts / translation /language studies/ interviews

- Exam practice


Teaching Material

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

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Course books

- There is a 'dispensa' of past exams we will use in class. (see BL patform)

- A self study exercise book on academic vocabulary is to be downloaded (see General Message to New Students for link)

- Novel:The Professor and the Madman (also entitled The Surgeon of Crowthorne) by Simon Winchester.

Please note: numerous websites are used for grammar and use of English. There is no grammar textbook.


Students must use their institutional email address when writng to me  and indicate TEFLI 1 as their course.

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