C1 level of English (Common European Framework)
In line with the objectives of the Course, students will be given the theoretical tools to recognize and understand the distinctive features of specific textual genres and the possible problems related to their translation.
Students will be able to recognize textual conventions and functions, possible translation-related problems, and will be presented with strategies to overcome them in ways which are contextually appropriate.
At the end of the course students will be able to 1) understand demanding texts and recognize implicit meanings and 2) produce complex texts which are correct, well-structured, coherent and cohesive.
MOD B: 'English communication: texts, modes and translation': The course - combined with English Language and Translation MOD A-EN1 - provides an outline of textual genres and functions (informative, argumentative, operative, etc.) and a theoretical introduction to the practice of translation.
Classes will consist in lectures, where students are expected to have an active role in discussing the content being presented and suggesting ways of dealing with it. Students have also access to the applied language activities (AAL) at C1+ level and tutoring support (the syllabus for such activities can be found at the Centro Competenza Lingue webpage).
Written test + oral exam
The written test and the oral exam may be taken only after completing both Modules of the course (MOD A + MOD B). In order to take the oral exam, students will have to pass a written test.
The written test is a 90 min. computerized test and measures the skills acquired during the AAL activities concerning translation (short text in Italian to be rendered into English) and textual analysis (short text + question of text comprehension). This test will measure 1) linguistic correctness, 2) appropriateness of the translation with respect to the source text (for the translation part), 3) clarity of exposition, and ability to recognize the main linguistic and stylistic features and their relevance for the interpretation of the meaning (for the textual analysis). The result of the written test (pass/fail, whose validity is 18 months) will be communicated to students within 1 week from the day of the test.
The oral exam consists in the discussion (in English) of the contents of the course (see reference texts in Leganto): questions are intended to verify the student’s competence as to the course content (notions, principles, models, strategies and their use in practical contexts). The grading will be based on 1) linguistic correctness, 2) clarity and coherence, and 3) competence as to the course content.
Should the course be taught as a blended or online activity, some adjustments (with respect to what stated in the syllabus) may be necessary – and will be indicated on the course page – in order to make the course and the exams more easily accessible
For practice sessions/AAL, relevant information may be found here: https://ccl.unibg.it/it
Students with a C2 certificate can apply to the Segreteria Studenti for official recognition. This exempts them from the written test but not from the oral exam. Full details about exemptions are available at the Centro Competenza Lingue wepbage.