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Supplementary compulsory subjects
First Semester
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Lesson (64 hours)

Upper-Intermediate (B2) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - English language.

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Learning will be tested by means of a written and an oral test to be held on the same day. The written test must be passed to gain access to the oral test.
The 3-hour written test includes 2 parts:
1) 10 multiple choice questions about the programme (10 points);
2) Writing of a news article of 200/250 words based on given information (20 points).
The test will score 30 points. A pass mark is achieved with a score of 18/30 and will allow access to the oral examination. If the score is lower than 18/30, the student will have to retake the test at the next roll call.
The oral examination consists of an interview in English on the topics of the lessons, starting with the discursive analysis of a journalistic text or general media assigned and the simulation (role play) of a journalistic interview prepared by the student from given information.
The following will be assessed: 1) grammar and lexical correctness of the exposition (10 points); 2) correctness of the linguistic-communicative analysis carried out on selected documents (5 points); ability to plan questions and to manage the conversational exchange during the interview (10 points); the student's critical and autonomous ability (5 points).
The oral examination will score 30 points. A sufficiency is achieved with a score of 18/30. If the student does not achieve a sufficiency, he/she will have to repeat the examination at the next oral exam.
Once the oral examination has been passed, the grade in thirtieths given to the student will be added up and averaged with the grade obtained in the written examination.

Voto Finale

The course aims to develop some specific strategies of: (1) journalistic writing; (2) composition of texts specific to the media industry; (3) listening comprehension and production for handling oral presentations and journalistic/media interviews.
To this end, the lessons will focus on the enhancement of receptive (listening and reading) and productive (writing and speaking) skills in English at an advanced academic level (B2+/C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR), through the review of grammar and syntactic features of the language and practice on authentic oral and written material (journalistic articles, interviews, press releases, etc.).
In particular, the student will have to demonstrate the ability to analyse and produce a written journalistic piece (news article), a press release specific to the media sector (e.g. advertising agency), to listen to and understand a press conference/report in English and to be able to conduct a journalistic interview through a given role play.
The student will have to learn to consult literature, databases, pronunciation dictionaries, online and printed monolingual dictionaries to develop the required skills.

During the course, some specialised productive English skills used in journalism and the communication/media industry will be developed, including
- analysing offline and online journalistic articles and the discourse of journalism in general;
- writing news (news writing), reports (report writing) and summaries (summary writing);
- writing a press release for the media/communications industry (e.g. advertising agency);
- analysing virtual interviews;
- expanding into paragraphs from notes;
- listening and understanding what is said during a press conference/interview;
- taking notes (note taking) and posing questions during a conference/interview;
- preparing and conducting an oral interview.
These activities will also be integrated with specific grammar exercises at B2+/C1 level.


The activities will take place in the form of lectures, in which the lecturer will illustrate the contents of the course by asking for the interactive participation of the students through exercises, listening to authentic English language texts, readings, and short simulations (mock tests) with guided correction. Each week a task will be assigned (e.g. the preparation of a part of a journalistic article) to be sent to the lecturer, who will provide individual corrections.

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