Scienze e tecniche dell’educazione e dei servizi per l’infanzia, classe L-19
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LABORATORY.
Anno accademico: 2021/2022
Periodo: II YEAR; I SEMESTER
Crediti: ECT: 6 CFU
Letizia Cinganotto has a degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a PhD in Synchronic, Diachronic and Applied Linguistics from the University of Roma Tre. She has completed masters and advanced courses in foreign language teaching, Italian L2 and digital and multimedia teaching.
She is currently a researcher at INDIRE, Territorial Branch of Rome and her research areas concern English language and translation, English language teaching, CLIL methodology (Content and Language Integrated Learning), TELL (Technology Enhanced Language Learning) and digital teaching.
She participates in numerous Working Groups and Technical-Scientific Committees at the Ministry of Education, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the OECD.
She has published articles, essays and digital educational content, as well as four volumes on CLIL methodology.
She has presented papers at national and international conferences in Italian and English.
TABLE AND DEFINITION OF CONTENTS
The first module of the course will focus on teaching/learning English in the digital age,
providing tips for digital tools and resources for self-learning
The second module of the course will offer an overview of the history of English literature, with particular reference to a work of children’s literature: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding.
Therefore, the course will be divided into the following modules:
Module 1 – Learning English in the digital era
- English and ICT
- Language Learning in the European Agenda
- Tools for translation
- Learning contents in English: EMI and CLIL
Module 2 – A snapshot of the British literature: “Tom Jones” by
- An overview of the British literature
- Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
The first module of the course will focus on teaching/learning English in the digital age, providing tips to tools and digital resources for self-learning and translation.
The second module of the course will offer an overview of the history of the British literature, with particular reference to a novel for children: “Tom Jones” by Henry Fielding.
The course is aimed at developing the competences in the English language at B1 CEFR level, fostering integrating skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, spoken and online interaction.
The proposed activities and contents will be aimed at the development of language skills in an integrated way (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Interaction) based on level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (2001), as well as on the recent “CEFR – Companion Volume” (2020), which revised and integrated the original version. Web 2.0 tools will be used, which are particularly effective for cooperative learning and for the development of language-communication skills, while also promoting the development of digital competences. Particular attention will also be devoted to translation, through the analysis of some specific web tools for computer-aided translation.
Within each module the following activities will be offered
- Reading Comprehension: reading of pieces, articles or digital texts, through activities and exercises of comprehension and inference guided by the lecturer.
- Listening comprehension: listening to texts and other authentic material through podcasts, videos and other online resources.
- Writing: activities on English vocabulary and phraseology; written production exercises; computer-aided translation exercises.
- Speaking/Interaction: dialogues, interviews in asynchronous mode through platform tools and Web 2.0 webtools, as well as in synchronous mode during webinars; voice recordings through specific tools.
A. Use of advanced textbooks, knowledge of some cutting edge topics
within the subject studied.
Students will be trained to use not only traditional bibliographic resources (paper) but – through a critical analysis of online resources – also digital ones.
B. Professional approach to their work and possession of appropriate skills to devise arguments, support them and solve problems within the subject studied. Ability to collect and interpret data useful for making independent judgments. Through the analysis of “case studies” and practical examples taken from everyday life, the socio-psycho-pedagogical mechanisms, at the basis of our critical thinking and which underlie the ways in which we can formulate judgements and opinions, will be highlighted. In addition to the tools for retrieving and evaluating data, some of the main “good practices” for the correct interpretation of the acquired data will be provided.
C. Ability to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists.
Students will be provided with useful indications and methodologies to organise a multimedia presentation and to know how to present it using vocabulary and communication methods appropriate to the target audience.
D. Ability to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.
Students will be helped to organise their study in a fruitful way through tools and methods that encourage the ‘learning to learn’.
- 4 hours of recorded video lessons available on the platform.
- 2 synchronous meetings of about 1 hour each on the platform.
- Podcasts of all the above-mentioned video lessons.
- 1 course orientation forum.
- 2 thematic follow-up forums (1 per module).
- Possibility to carry out work in groups.
- 2 structured e-activities (as described in the section “in itinere assessment methods”).
Teaching materials are provided for each module: in-depth thematic studies, articles and slides by the lecturer, open access readings, online resources, reference bibliography, etc.
- Pre-structured courseware on the
- Slides of video lessons and synchronous meetings.
- Open source materials suggested on the platform during the course.
Recommended texts in English (any edition)
- “Henry Fielding”, Tom Jones
Access to the final examination is subject to the following 2 e-activities:
- [Module 1] – e-tivity 1: Webquest
- [Module 1] – e-tivity 2: Digital storytelling
The assessment of learning will take place through an oral interview on the course contents. The grade (min 18, max 30 with possible honours) is determined by the level of performance for each of the following dimensions of the oral interview: mastery of contents, appropriateness of definitions and theoretical references, clarity of argument, command of specialist language.
Italian and English in “translanguaging” mode