B2/C1 level ability in English (Common European Framework)
On a metalinguistic level, the educational goals of this module are focussed on the acquisition of a critical knowledge of the role of English in tourist communication. They also are focussed on the study of the English language at a C1+ level of the Common European Framework. The educational goals are also coherent with those of the international MA in Planning and Management of Tourism Systems where this module is held (with reference to AREA no. 10), which deals with the discourse of tourism in various international contexts. At last, they are coherent with the AVA requirements for the L-LIN/12 sector, since they are focussed on the study of those aspects of the English language in such specialised contexts as the tourism industry.
The main syntactic, lexical and textual features of English employed in tourism in specialised and promotional contexts (supply and demand, planning and management) will be analysed in tourism authentic texts.
(1) Maci, Stefania Maria (2013). "Tourism Discourse: Professional, Promotional and Digital voices". Genova: ECIG. ISBN: 9788875442880
(2) Francesconi, Sabrina. "Reading Tourism Texts. A Multimodal Analysis". Channel View Publications. ISBN: 101845414268 /139781845414269
(3) Manca, Elena. 2016. "Persuasion in Tourism Discourse". Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9871443816816
(4) Keith Harding, Robin Walker. "Oxford English for Careers: Tourism 3 Student's Book". ISBN: 9780194551069
The course will be based on lectures, but special attention will be given to debate and students will be encouraged to suggest topics for further analysis. Students will also be invited to attend the language practice sessions planned within the weekly schedule for their level of competence, and any tutoring activities on offer throughout the year
The exam comprises the following:
(A) Written test on pc.
the mark of the pc test is valid for 18 months
(B) Oral test:
(1) discussion of 6 research articles published as from 2015 and chosen from:
• "International Journal of Tourism Research"
• “TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Refereed Journal of Tourism" (http://www.chios.aegean.gr/tourism/journal.htm).
Both journals are available on-line. "Book Reviews" and "Short Notices" are not accepted for discussion.
(2) workshop (ppt or poster presentation)
(3) discussion in English on topics dealt with during the lessons and on texts 1 and 2.
The exam will be a discussion (in English) of the course topics: at least three questions will be asked, so as to assess the acquisition of course contents
The grading will be based on 1) linguistic correctness, 2) clarity and coherence, and 3) competence as to the course content.
Students with international language certifications (C2 level):
-IELTS (min. 7.5)
-Pearson Test of English General level 5
-TIE (min. C2 in both oral and written tests)
- CertiLingua® (MIUR-USR Lombardia
are warmly invited to get in touch with the Student Registrar's Office to have them recognised; students will thus be exempted from taking the oral part regarding the interview about the articles selected from "International Journal of Tourism Research" and “TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Refereed Journal of Tourism"