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Welcome. English Language Dr. Sergio Pizziconi Academic Year 2013-2014. Plan of the day. Today, I will sound your entry level. My introduction Your introduction (speaking and writing activities – submission) Introduction to the course Your specific needs If we have time, two commercials.

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English Language

Dr. Sergio Pizziconi

Academic Year 2013-2014

plan of the day
Plan of the day

Today, I will sound your entry level.

  • My introduction
  • Your introduction (speaking and writing activities – submission)
  • Introduction to the course
  • Your specific needs
  • If we have time, two commercials
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Introduction 1/4
  • I graduatedin Communication Sciences at/from…
    • With concentration in Corporate Communication
    • I defended a thesis about TV fiction production analyzing the teleplay writing and the case study “Star Trek- The original series”
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Introduction 2/4
  • I earned a dottorato di ricerca in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University for Foreigners of Siena
    • I defended a dissertation about the language of patents of inventions.
  • I completed a Ph.D. in English at Texas A&M University-Commerce, in the USA
    • With emphasis in Rhetoric & Composition and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
    • I defended a dissertation about teaching English as L1, in particular a curriculum for grammar
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Introduction 3/4
  • In Italy, I taught classes in:
    • Composition, Sociolinguistics, General Linguistics, Italian Linguistics, Communication, Technical communication; I am currently working within the English program of the Department of Communication and Social Research of La Sapienza (Business English and English for the media)
  • In the USA, I taught classes in:
    • Composition, Modern Grammar, Psycholinguistics, Intro to Linguistics (undergraduate)
    • General Linguistics, Structures of the English Language (graduate)
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Introduction 4/4
  • My research interests: Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, First and Second Language acquisition, Educational linguistics, Languages for Specific Purposes (Academic, Technical-Scientific Languages, Business ).

Specific fields: Advertising, Marketing, Movies, Patents of inventions, Psychopathologies and dreams

  • Other interests: Movies, Literature, Science Fiction, Tennis.
introduce your self in speaking
Introduce your-selfin speaking
  • Choose one of the school fellows close to you.

Someone you do not know already.

Introduce yourselves to each other.

introduce your self in writing
Introduce your-selfin writing
  • Write maximum five lines to introduce yourself
  • In few more lines, make certain you specify the following pieces of information:
    • Degree program you are enrolled in
    • Main interest/s within the university program
    • Main interest/s outside school
    • Your English language curriculum and competence
    • Whether you would like to see news on a dedicated Facebook page.
  • You will have to submit this piece of paper
  • Write First Name, Last Name, Date
syllabus textbook and other material
Syllabus: Textbook and other material

Giordano, W. English for Business Communication. Milano: EGEA, 2012 (secondedition)

Always bring to class:

  • the textbook
  • some writing utensils (paper and pen) you will be requested to submit your worksheet for the in-class activities
syllabus educational objectives
Syllabus: Educational objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able:

  • to detect and use major grammatical structures with a particular focus on linguistic variation;
  • to use readily available tools to improve your linguistic skills autonomously (such as reference grammars, dictionaries…);
  • to use effectively the professional language of economics, in particular:
    • analyzing case studies and reporting about them
    • reading of charts and other non-verbal texts
    • writing business letters
    • organize specialized lexicon
    • reading academic articles and writing academic papers (?)
    • writing your CV/resume
syllabus activities
Syllabus: Activities

Methodologies: Lectures, class discussions, exercises (speaking and writing).

You are expected to participate actively in any in-class activity you will be involved in during the lesson.

  • You will be asked to speak with your peers in pairs and to the class,
  • You will be asked to do some team or individual work and to submit reports/exercises,
  • You will be asked to complete the typical activities to create a conference-like presentation (from the abstract to the oral presentation)
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Syllabus: Activities

Portfolio. At the end of the course you will be asked to submit your portfolio which will comprise at least the following material:

  • Exercises and reports of the in-class activities with my comments and initials (at least: 60% of all the exercises/reports you will be requested)
  • Texts generated for your project (at least: abstract/proposal, final paper, slides for a presentation)
  • A lexicon structured according to your own organizing criteria (this should look like a map with clusters) (mandatory)
  • Your curriculum vitae (mandatory)
  • Two cover/application letters: one for a corporate position, the other for a graduate program abroad (at least one)
  • A statement of goals for a graduate program, such as an MBA (Master’s of Business Administration) (mandatory)
  • A table of contents and commentary (at least 400 words) on the material included in your portfolio (mandatory)
syllabus organization of the final examination
Syllabus: Organization of the final examination

The exam will be organized as Professor Giordano has always done in recent years with a written test and a spoken exam. Here is an excerpt from his syllabus:



1 -sezione dedicata alla interpretazione dei grafici (rif. cap 5 del libro di testo consigliato)

2. sezione di reading and comprehension (rif. cap. 4 libro di testo consigliato)

3. sezione di grammatica (rif. testo grammatica)

4. lettera commerciale (rif. cap. 6 libro di testo consigliato)

La prova scritta è uguale per tutti, corsisti e non corsisti.


§ per nessun motivo sarà consentito di "congelare" il voto della prova scritta;

§ allo scritto, non è consentito l'uso del dizionario.