English Language Laboratory 4

Scienze della Formazione Primaria English Language Laboratory 4


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 B2 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, including technical discussions on their specific field;
-follow a lecture or talk in their own field;
-understand most radio documentaries and most broadcasted audio material,
-read different kinds of texts quite easily at different speeds;
Students are able to:
-interact with a certain degree of fluency and spontaneity with a native speaker;
-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;
-describe and compare objects, situations and states of mind;
-provide clear and easy instructions explaining the rules of a game;
-have a broad reading vocabulary;
-possess a sufficient range of vocabulary to deal with unpredictable situations, explaining the main points on a subject with reasonable precision.
It is compulsory to have passed the 3rd 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: Discussing pros and cons - Describing photos of free time activities - Giving extended answers - Expressing agreement/disagreement - Expressing opinions - Talking about different kinds of feelings and emotions – Developing an argument in academic discourse style – expressing agreement/disagreement – Expressing abstract ideas – Keeping interaction participants on topic.
2. Vocabulary: Achieve, carry out and devote. - Stay, spend and pass; make cause and have - Arrive, get and reach - Phrasal verbs: come up with, pull in, etc. - Idiomatic expressions: take aback, etc. - Health vocabulary: illness, infection, etc. - Avoid, prevent and protect; check, control, keep an eye on and supervise - Negative prefixes - Vocabulary for festivals - Suffixes to form personal nouns – Summarizing exponents (briefly, all in all…) – Colloquial language.
3. Grammar: - Present perfect progressive - Present perfect progressive vs. Present perfect - Past perfect - Past progressive - Reported speech – Connectors - And- but – or – so – because – even though – although, etc. - Too, so, either, neither - Relative pronouns and relative clauses - Be/get used to + verb-ing - Third conditional and mixed conditionals - The passive – Articles with abstract nouns – Collocation of intensifiers.
4. Pronunciation: Intonation - Grouping words - Using sentence stress for emphasis.
Teaching Methods
The laboratory requires 45 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 written test that includes the following exercises:
- Part 1: multiple choice cloze test (8 points)
- Part 2: n. 5 key-word transformation sentences (10 points).
- Part 3: n. 8 word-formation sentences (8 points).
- Part 4: 2 questions from readers and 1 question from the children’s story. (6 points).
- Part 5: Write an essay (140-160 parole); (16 points).
- Part 6: Multiple choice listening (6 points).
- Part 7: Listening: Insert the word (6 points).
The score is out of 60 and the minimum pass mark is 36/60.
Main book:
1.Compact First, Peter May, Cambridge University Press.
Student’s book + Workbook with answers.
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:
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 (to buy online)
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.
7.Longman Dizionario Compatto –Inglese-italiano, Italiano-inglese, Longman.
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