English Language Laboratory 1

Scienze della Formazione Primaria English Language Laboratory 1


The main objectives of the laboratory are to provide students with the ability to maintain interaction and comprehend phrases and expressions used frequently in relation to personal, familiar and professional situations, referring to what is indicated by the level B1 descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
The key competences are:
-understanding key points of authentic material aimed at English language teaching at primary school through tales, stories, riddles useful to the comprehension of language in context;
-learning basic notions of phonetics and phonology and developing autonomous learning strategies in order to improve linguistic competence.
Students are able to:
-communicate in different daily situations that require an easy exchange of information on familiar topics;
-describe in simple terms aspects of the immediate surrounding environment and express immediate needs;
-produce simple and coherent texts;
-describe experiences, events and situations.
Students are required a proficiency level corresponding to above A2+/B1 of the CEFR. Students are required to take a compulsory Placement Test in order to verify their entry level. The test takes place during the month preceding the beginning of the laboratory hours and students will be informed about the exact date and place through the webpages of the Department and of the CdL. Students that show a lower level of proficiency than the one required by the CdL will be guided on the use of supplementary study material and integrating activities to use independently in the Self-access Laboratory of the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo.
The lab. will focus on the following contents:
1. Communication: Saying your name, where you live, what you do, if you
like studying English; agreeing and disagreeing; making decisions; describing a picture; explaining what you can see and where things are; discussing where to go in a city; making suggestions and giving reasons; describing personal experience; asking other people what they think.
2. Vocabulary: House and home; Countable and uncountable nouns; life choices: fail, pass, take, lose, miss, study, teach, do, earn, make, spend, take and win; leisure activities; prepositions of place; phrasal verbs; people’s hobbies; holiday activities; travel, journey and trip; buildings and places; feelings; adjectives and prepositions; adjectives with –ed and –ing; adjectives and their opposites.
3. Grammar: prepositions of time; frequency adverbs; present simple and continuous; state verbs; a few, a bit of, many, much, a lot of, and lots of; prepositions of place; past simple; past simple and continuous; used to; so do I and nor/neither do I; verbs followed by to or –ing; comparative and superlative adjectives; a bit, a little, slightly, much, for, a lot (not) as…as; big and enormous (gradable and non-gradable adjectives); can, could, might, may (ability and possibility); should, shouldn’t, ought to, must, mustn’t, have to and don’t have to (advice, obligation and prohibition)
4. Pronunciation: Vowel sounds; the alphabet; the schwa; third person and plural –s; -ed pronunciation.
Teaching Methods
The laboratory requires 15 hours of classroom activities including practical exercises and group discussions.
The hours of attendance are compulsory with a minimum percentage of hours attended corresponding to 80% of the total amount of hours required by the laboratory.
Verification of learning
At the end of the laboratory students are required to take a test that includes the following exercises:
- Part 1: Reading aloud a short extract from the reading material provided during the course (12 points).
Reading will be marked according to the 3 areas: 1. intelligibility/pronunciation, 2. rhythm, 3. pace. The points for each area are from 1 to 4 according to the following table.
1. many words are unintelligible, no rhythm, badly paced
2. a few words are unintelligible, some acceptable rhythm, unsuccessful attempt at pace
3. most words are intelligible, acceptable rhythm and sufficiently paced
4. all words are intelligible, rhythm and pace are good.
- Part 2: 2 questions from readers (4 points).
- Part 3: multiple choice cloze test (8 points).
- Part 4: Listening: multiple choice with pictures (PET listening part 1), (6 points).
The score is out of 30 and the minimum pass mark is 18/30.
Main book:
1.Complete PET: Cambridge University Press.
Student’s book + Workbook with answers. Units 1 to 4.
2.2 readers chosen with the teacher.
3.1 children’s story chosen with the teacher.
Supplementary material will be made available on the laboratory’s web page.

Other reference material:
4.Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman, Oxford Word Skills, Basic, Oxford University Press.
5.Jonathan Marks, English Pronunciation in Use – Elementary, Cambridge University Press
6.Read On! Oxford Graded Readers Digital Library
7.Jon Hird, The Complete English Grammar for Italian Students (A1-B2) –Libro Misto Standard con chiave + Booster, Oxford University Press.
8.Raymond Murphy, English Grammar in Use with answers (B1-B2), Cambridge University Press.
9.Oxford Wordpower Dictionary – dizionario monolingua, Oxford University Press.
10.Longman Dizionario Compatto –Inglese-italiano, Italiano-inglese, Longman.
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