English Language Laboratory 3

Scienze della Formazione Primaria English Language Laboratory 3


The main objectives of the laboratory are to provide students with the ability to maintain interaction and comprehend phrases and expressions, referring to what is indicated by the level B1++ descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
The key competences are to:
-understand the main ideas in complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics;
-follow extended speech and quite complex lines of argument providing that the topic is familiar.
Students are able to:
-interact with a certain degree of fluency and spontaneity with a native speaker;
-have a good range of vocabulary for matters connected to their field;
-produce clear and complex texts on a wide range of topics and express their personal opinion on abstract or cultural topics, talking about advantages and disadvantages;
-have a sufficient range of vocabulary and grammar to describe and compare objects, opinions, etc.
It is compulsory to have passed the 2nd year test. Students are required a proficiency level corresponding to the B1+ of the CEFR.
The laboratory will focus on the following topics:
1. Communication: Giving advice - Making suggestions - Indicating preference - Expressing necessity and lack of necessity - Talking about possibilities and hypothesis – Giving precise information – Expressing agreement/disagreement – managing interaction – Invitation in one-to-one/group interaction.
2. Vocabulary: Phrasal verbs: get on with, do up, etc. - Collocations with make and do - Expressions like take up, sum up, etc. - Adjective suffixes - Get over, live up to, etc. - Find out, get to know, know, learn, teach, and study, attend, join, take part and assist - Forming nouns from verbs - Collocations with work and job - Verb collocations with sportive activities - Look, see, watch, listen, hear - Verb collocations with ambition, career, experience and job
3. Grammar: Let’s … - Present perfect and Past simple - Since and for with present perfect - Present perfect + yet, just, already - Verbs + -ing and verbs + -ed - How often, how far, how long - How, how about and what about? - Tag questions - Modal auxiliaries: May – Might – Maybe - Could (possibility) - Polite questions (May I…/Could I…?) - Would you… - Could you… - will you …- Can you..? - Giving advice – should – ought – had better - Necessity - have to – have got to – must - Lack of necessity – don’t have to - Logical conclusions – must - Giving instructions – imperatives - Making suggestions – Let’s, why don’t - Indicating preference – prefer, would rather - if + present; will + infinitive (first conditional) - if + past; would + infinitive (second conditional) – Modals of deduction and speculation – Mixed conditionals.
4. Pronunciation: Word stress / Sentence stress/Stress on words carrying the most meaning.
Teaching Methods
The laboratory requires 30 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 an oral and a written test that includes the following exercises:
Oral test (in pairs)
- Part 1: general questions.
- Part 2: describe a photo.
The evaluation will focus on three areas: 1. Vocabulary, 2. Pronunciation, 3. Grammar/Discourse management. A maximum of 10 points can be awarded to each part. The total score is out of 30 and the minimum pass mark is 15/30.
Written test
- Part 1: multiple choice cloze test (8 points).
- Part 2: n. 5 sentence transformations- (10 points)
- Part 3: n. 2 questions from readers and 1 question from the children’s story (6 points).
- Part 4: Multiple choice listening (6 points).
The score for this part is out of 30 and the minimum pass mark is 21/30.
The final score is a minimum of 36/60.
Main book:
Compact First, Sue Elliott & Amanda Thomas, Cambridge University Press.
1.2 readers chosen with the teacher.
2.1 children’s story chosen with the teacher.
Supplementary material will be made available on the laboratory’s web page.

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