ENGLISH FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
cod. 1008063

Academic year 2019/20
2° year of course - First semester
Professor
BRESNAHAN FRASER HARRIS
Academic discipline
Lingua e traduzione - lingua inglese (L-LIN/12)
Field
Linguistico
Type of training activity
Characterising
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
in ENGLISH

Learning objectives

Overall listening comprehension
• Understand speech and presentations of moderate length and follow lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar.
• Understand the important points of a short news and current affairs features with standard British or American pronunciation.
• Develop strategies for difficult communication situations—phone conversations, strong accents, unfamiliar topics, etc.
Overall reading comprehension
• Read short to medium-length articles and reports on international relations and legal proceedings in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.
• Understand the overall meaning of more complicated texts—particularly articles regarding international law and politics.
Overall spoken interaction
• Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes interaction with speakers at a similar or higher level possible.
• Take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining personal views and opinions.
• Present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to international law, politics, and other topics.
• Explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Overall written interaction
• Write clear texts on subjects related to the student's interests and communication needs.
• Write a short report or analysis, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
• Write emails to make arrangements or to provide updates or information on a topic.

Prerequisites

To take the final exam, students must have passed the English B2 sufficiency test.

Course unit content

This is a practical course in using English for International Relations. The course will introduce important topics in law, commerce, communication, and diplomacy and put these skills and concepts into practical use in the classroom.

Full programme

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Bibliography

International Relations – E-International Relations Publishing, 2017, editor—Stephen McGlinchey
https://www.e-ir.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/International-Relations-E-IR.pdf

Teaching methods

This course integrates all core language skills—reading, writing, speaking, pronunciation, and listening—in a balanced and clear series of units all of which are centered on the academic work, life experiences, and communications needs of the participants.

Assessment methods and criteria

Students are expected to participate in class and can raise their grades through active participation. Sudents should complete all readings and be prepared to discuss, analyze, and give their own opinion verbally or in writing. At the end of the course, a written exam will be administered.

Other information

Students are highly encouraged to maintain a daily practice of English outside the classroom through conversations; watching film, TV programs, or videos; and reading books or news articles.