Computer science ENGLISH


The student must demonstrate to know the English language at a level at least equal to ALTE 1 (CEFR A2).

Knowledge and Understanding
The student is expected to gain knowledge of basic vocabulary and simple expressions in common use, as well as the basic English grammar and phonetics.

Applying Knowledge and Understanding
Students will be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions in common life (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They will be able to communicate through simple and custom expressions for simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
•Nouns: singular, plural, countable/uncountable nouns and genitive
•Articles and partitive articles
•Ordinal and cardinal numbers
•Adjectives and possessive pronouns, demonstratives
•Quantitative comparative and superlative
•Spelling. Punctuation and connective tissues
•Word order and sentence structure
•Regular and irregular verbs
•Tenses: present simple, present continuous, present perfect simple, past simple and continuous, future
•Verb forms: affirmative, interrogative, negative. Imperative. Infinitive followed by gerund or infinitive. Passive
•Interrogative: where, what, when, who, whose, which, how, why
Teaching Methods
Students can exploit the self-training service available at the university language center, named Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA), where they can take advantage of multimedia learning materials and get advice from qualified personnel on suitable autonomous study pathways.
Verification of learning
For testing English skills students must pass the English language Test prepared by the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA), based on the Quick Placement Test. The tests are conducted in 4 sessions (January, April, July, and October) according to the timetable announced on CLA website.
The Quick Placement Test (QPT) is a computerized diagnostic test, published by Oxford University Press in cooperation with UCLES (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate) in order to check that the level of English proficiency of students. The test is completed in about 30 minutes. During that time, students respond to about 30 "multiple choice" questions on the skills of listening, reading and grammar.

The computer presents a question and determines whether the answer is right or wrong. Once provided, the answer cannot be changed. The questions which remain unanswered are considered wrong. The level of difficulty of the questions is adapted to the skills of students as they proceed through the test. The questions are progressively harder or easier until so as to determine a fairly consistent skill level fro each student taking the test. For each type of task some hints are visualized on the screen and a progress bar shows the percentage of test still to play. The Quick Placement Test presents the result in terms of the scoreboard of the ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe). The test is passed with the HIGH level 1 (CEFR A2) if the candidate reaches a score of at least 40.

Are exempt from the test prepared by the University language Centre:
•Students who received a score of at least 17/30 for the TOLC English test. The TOLC also includes an optional section of English language consisting of 30 questions (with 15 minutes of additional evidence)
•Students who received a score of at least 33/60 for the TIP English test. The TIP also includes an optional section of English language consisting of 60 questions (with 30 minutes of additional evidence)
•Students who hold a certificate of proficiency in English at least 1 HIGH level (CEFR A2), issued by a qualified certification entity recognized by the Italian Ministry of education.
Any other claims for the purposes of exemption can be evaluated by the Teaching Board on the basis of the applications made by students.
Qualified personnel present at the CLA can suggest the materials.

The following are some possible texts:
•Foley, A. and D. Hall (2012), My Grammar Lab – With Key – Elementary A1/A2. Pearson
•Eales F. and S. Oakes (2011), Speakout – Elementary Student’s Book. Pearson/Longman
•Oxenden C. and C. Lathan Koenig, New English File – Elementary. Oxford University Press
•Soars L. and J., Headway Digital – Elementary. Oxford University Press
•Murphy R., Essential Grammar in Use. Cambridge University Press
More Information
More information can be found on the website of the CdS and on the site of CLA.
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