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Course 2016-2017 a.y.

50127 - ENGLISH (FIRST LANGUAGE)


CLMG
Language Centre

Course taught in English


CLMG (4 credits - I/II sem. - OP)
Course Director:
JOHN Mc HARDY CLARK

Classes: 1 - 2 - 3
Instructors:
Class 1: JESSICA JACOBS, Class 2: RICHARD SALES, Class 3: MAURIZIO FERRARA


Course Objectives

English is the compulsory first foreign language for all students enrolled in CLMG program who are not themselves English mother-tongue speakers. Teaching activities are structured as follows:

  • 1st year General English with introduction to Legal English
  • 2nd year Legal English

The teaching activities for the General English program are aimed at developing skills for an exam at a B2 level, with a specific attention to provide linguistic competence for the appropriate use in an academic and legal perspective.

Furthermore, the Language Center plans and runs international certificates preparation courses, for students who show they have an adequate level of language skills in a specific placement test provided by the Language Center:

  • IELTS Academic B2 preparation course (International English Language Testing System - British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment), as an alternative only for the first year exam.
  • IELTS Academic C1 preparation course (International English Language Testing System - British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment).
  • ILEC preparation course (International Legal English Certificate Cambridge ESOL).

Course Content Summary
For further information, please consult the single learning program:  
Academic B2 Course
IELTS Academic B2 Course
IELTS Academic C1 Course
ILEC Course

Textbooks
Per i testi adottati, consultare i singoli Programmi.

Prerequisites
In order to attend the course it is strongly recommended a B1 General English as proficiency requirement. A complete curriculum for the B1 level can be found online at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter
Last change 13/04/2016 15:26

Go to modules: Livello B2 - ILEC - IELTS B2 - IELTS C1

Module: Livello B2
Instructors:
Class 1: JESSICA JACOBS, Class 2: RICHARD SALES, Class 3: MAURIZIO FERRARA


Course Objectives

B2 General Course

The aim of the course is to enable students to reach a confident B2 level in academic areas with the basics for the Legal language, which means he can:

  • actively participate in formal discussions on unfamiliar topics.
  • be able to produce professional looking documents by developing arguments, providing motivation, synthesizing information.
  • present in a consistent and detailed way, documents related to a professional legal environment.
The course takes place at the 1st year, over one academic year.
The course takes into account the fact that the students are learning the language for eventual use in professional situations.

Course Content Summary
The course is divided into 8 core topic areas. Around these topic areas students will practice and develop the appropriate skills expected at this level. There will regular focus on real life case studies.

  • Writing development
  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Legal information on the web.
  • Oral practice
  • Vocabulary expansion
  • Grammar revision practice and extension
  • Mock exams and testing. 

For detailed information and syllabus, www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter.
In the second semester, students can opt to continue with the class they are in, or following a positive exit score on a level test, can transfer to a Certificate course for ILEC (latest edition) and IELTS. Detailed information are send via yoU@B Student’s Diary.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
  • Al I semestre del 1° anno, prima parte del corso con al termine prova intermedia, facoltativa, in modalità scritta
  • Al II semestre del 1° anno, seconda parte del corso con al termine esame finale, obbligatorio, composto da prova scritta e prova orale.


In particolare:

  • La prova scritta è composta da:
    • listening: messaggi, annunci, sondaggi, estratti radiofonici. Completamento di frasi e/o tabelle, risposte vero/falso, risposte in modalità multiple choise, risposte libere, chiuse e/o aperte (40 punti)
    • reading and vocabulary: lettura e comprensione di uno o più testi di una certa complessità. Completamento di frasi e/o tabelle, risposte vero/falso, risposte in modalità multiple choise, risposte libere, chiuse e/o aperte, produzione di frasi appropriate (30 punti)
    • writing: produzione di testi autentici. Elaborazione di memo, lettere, brevi report, seguendo la traccia fornita - circa 220 parole (30 punti)
    • il voto è inizialmente espresso in centesimi e quindi convertito in trentesimi.
  • L'accesso alla prova orale è subordinato al superamento della prova scritta con valutazione pari o superiore a 18/30.
  • Durante l’esame orale è prevista la presentazione di un dossier, preparato dallo studente, in cui devono essere raccolti 3 articoli collegati con uno o più argomenti giuridici (da stampa periodica, in lingua Inglese o Internet) di un mimimo di 1250 parole ciascuno. In particolare, il dossier deve comprendere per ogni singolo articolo: 1) titolo, 2) argomento trattato, 3) breve descrizione (non più di 40 parole), 4) conteggio parole.

Contenuti, modalità d’esame e prova intermedia sono uguali per frequentanti e non frequentanti e hanno validità limitata nel tempo. Per i dettagli, consultare i Programmi d’esame in www.unibocconi.it/centrolinguistico

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

  • At the end of the 1st semester of the first year, students have the option of taking a written mid- term exam. This is not obligatory
  • At the end of the 2nd semester of the first year, there is a written and oral final exam. This is mandatory
Especially:
  • The written exam consists of:
    • Listening: messages, announcements, surveys, radio broadcasts. Sentence and/or table completions, true/false questions, multiple choice answers, open/closed questions (40 marks)
    • reading and vocabulary: understanding one or more passages of a certain complexity. Sentence and/or table completions, true/false questions, multiple choice answers, open/closed questions, producing appropriate sentences (30 marks)
    • writing: writing authentic documents. Writing memos, letters, and short reports according to instructions - about 220 words (30 marks)
    • The mark is initially expressed in hundredths and then converted into thirtieths.
  • Access to the oral exam is only possible once a student has passed the written exam (18/30).
  • For the oral exam students must show the ability to present a dosseir prepared by the student, containing 3 articles on one or more legal-related topics, taken from English-language newspapers or Internet. Each article must be at least 1250 words long and be accompanied by: 1) title, 2) topic, 3) brief summary (40 words maximum), 4) word count.
Both mid-term and final year exam syllabuses are the same for attending and not attending students. Limited validity for all tests.
For details, refer to the Course syllabus and examinations on www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter

Textbooks
  • Walenn, English for Law, Garnet Education

Prerequisites
In order to attend the course a good B1 level is recommended. A full description of levels can be found online at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter
Last change 12/04/2016 10:01

Module: ILEC
Instructors:
Class 1: JESSICA JACOBS, Class 2: RICHARD SALES, Class 3: MAURIZIO FERRARA


Course Objectives

Preparation course for 
ILEC -International Legal English Certificate 
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
 
The course is designed for students who already have a strong B2 proficiency level. In terms of linguistic competence, the final objective corresponds to that established by the Council of Europe for level C1. The objects for the students can be summarized in the following way:

  • can deal confidently with different types of text
  • can write a variety of different items such as memos, faxes, emails, reports and proposals
  • can follow and understand a range of spoken materials such as conversations, interviews and discussions
  • can communicate effectively in face-to-face situations

Additionally, students are required to be familiar with common, non-technical legal terms.
The course takes into account the fact that the students are preparing solely for the Cambridge external certification: International Legal English Certificate.


Course Content Summary
In the classroom, instruction focuses on preparing the students to take and pass the Cambridge English: International Legal English Certificate. Students will be introduced to the format of the certification, and all four sections of the certification will be practiced. Additional information concerning the course can be found online at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Il presente corso prepara al superamento della relativa certificazione di lingua che si svolge presso le sedi d’esame autorizzate. La certificazione può essere registrata in alternativa all'esame di lingua inglese.
Per maggiori informazioni è possibile consultare i programmi d’aula e d’esame all’indirizzo www.unibocconi.it/centrolinguistico 

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
The preparation course is aimed to the relevant external certification, which takes place at the authorized exam centers. The certification can be converted as an alternative to the English exam. Further information concerning the Bocconi learning program and exams available at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter


Textbooks
  • Brieger & Kosta, Success with ILEC, Summertown
  • Callanan & Edwards, Absolute Legal English, Delta

Prerequisites
The course is aimed at those law students who already have an adequate level of knowledge of the language, established by a specific placement test. The course is for a limited number of applicants. Terms and enrollment procedures will be communicated via the student’s diary yoU@B at the beginning of each semester. Please note that the course is run only if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.
Last change 08/04/2016 16:48

Module: IELTS B2
Instructors:
Class 1: JESSICA JACOBS, Class 2: RICHARD SALES, Class 3: MAURIZIO FERRARA


Course Objectives

Preparation course for
IELTS Academic B2
International Language Testing System

The aim of the course is to give the student the necessary tools and skills to pass an IELTS certificate at grade 5.5 or higher. The student should then be able to:

  • Follow speech at some length on a variety of both concrete and abstract subjects
  • Produce a clear and detailed text on a range of subjects, expressing an opinion and discussing the pros and cons of different points of view
  • Express himself clearly and in detail on subjects related to his studies and to university life in general
  • Discuss the pros and cons of a pre-specified and relatively familiar subject
  • Speak at length (given a short time to prepare) on a question, without noticeable hesitation
  • Interact with a certain degree of fluency and spontaneity

Course Content Summary

Activities are aimed at developing skills which are required to confront with ease the various activities found in the IELTS test, in order to achieve a mark at a B2 level.
Particular attention is given to reinforcing each of the four linguistic skills tested in IELTS: listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Special emphasis is given to:

  • drafting, writing and revising full length essays
  • written interpretation of graphical information
  • detailed description of processes and procedures

Then the listening activities are presented in order that the students are able to gauge the difficulty and complexity of the task.
Speaking activities are mainly concerned with developing interactive (discussions, debates) and reporting/presenting skills at thecompetence level B2.
In addition, the activities are based on simulations that are taken from past papers and appropriately selected materials.
Additional detailed information concerning the course can be found online at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter


Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Il presente corso prepara al superamento della relativa certificazione di lingua, che si svolge presso le sedi d'esame autorizzate.
La certificazione può essere registrata in alternativa all'esame di lingua inglese.
Per maggiori informazioni è possibile consultare i programmi d’aula e d’esame all’indirizzo www.unibocconi.it/centrolinguistico

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
The preparation course is aimed to the relevant external certification, which takes place at the authorized exam centers.
The certification can be converted as an alternative to the English exam. Further information concerning the Bocconi learning path and exams available at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter


Textbooks
  • O’Connell S., Focus on IELTS, New Edition, Pearson-Longman

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those students who already have an adequate level of knowledge of the language, established by a specific placement test. The course is for a limited number of applicants.
Terms and enrollment procedures will be communicated via the student’s diary yoU@B at the beginning of each semester.
Please note that the course is run only if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

Last change 19/04/2016 11:18

Module: IELTS C1
Instructors:
Class 1: JESSICA JACOBS, Class 2: RICHARD SALES, Class 3: MAURIZIO FERRARA


Course Objectives

Preparation course for
IELTS Academic C1
International English Language Testing System
 

The aim of the course is to give the student the necessary tools and skills to pass an IELTS certificate at grade 7.0 or higher. The student should then be able to:

  • Follow speech at some length on a variety of both concrete and abstract subjects
  • Produce a clear and detailed text on a range of subjects, expressing an opinion and discussing the pros and cons of different points of view
  • Express himself clearly and in detail on subjects related to his studies and to university life in general
  • Discuss the pros and cons of a pre-specified and relatively familiar subject
  • Speak at length (given a short time to prepare) on a question, without noticeable hesitation
  • Interact with a certain degree of fluency and spontaneity

Course Content Summary

Activities are aimed at developing skills which are required to confront with ease the various activities found in the IELTS test, in order to achieve a mark at a C1 level.
Particular attention is given to reinforcing each of the four linguistic skills tested in IELTS: listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Special emphasis is given to:

  • drafting, writing and revising full length essays with an appropriate range of vocabulary and terminology
  • interpretation of graphical information
  • complete and detailed description of processes and procedures

Speaking activities are mainly concerned with developing interactive (discussions, debates) and reporting/presenting skills.
Then the listening activities will be presented in order that the students will be able to gauge the difficulty and complexity of the task and respond without hesitation.
Then the listening activities are presented in order that the students are able to gauge the difficulty and complexity of the task.
In addition, the activities are based on simulations that are taken from past papers and appropriately selected materials.
Additional information concerning the course can be found online at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter


Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Il presente corso prepara al superamento della relativa certificazione di lingua, che si svolge presso le sedi d'esame autorizzate.
La certificazione può essere registrata in alternativa all'esame di lingua inglese.
Per maggiori informazioni è possibile consultare i programmi d’aula e d’esame all’indirizzo www.unibocconi.it/centrolinguistico

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
The preparation course is aimed to the relevant external certification, which takes place at the authorized exam centers.
The certification can be converted as an alternative to the English exams.
Further information concerning the Bocconi learning path and exams available at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter


Textbooks

  • O'CONNEL S., Focus on IELTS, New Edition, Pearson Longman 

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those students who already have an adequate level of knowledge of the language, established by a specific placement test. The course is for a limited number of applicants.
Terms and enrollment procedures will be communicated via the student’s diary yoU@B at the beginning of each semester.
Please note that the course is run only if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

Last change 19/04/2016 11:51