Learning Outcomes:


By the end of the course students will have attained a B2 level of general English according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in all four language skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading. They will also be able to recognise, understand and effectively use key terminology and concepts found in specialised discourse on general legal and economic themes extracted from audiovisual and news texts. Authentic materials drawn from digital news sources such as The Economist and The Financial Times, along with clips from news broadcasts and TV serials will be analysed during the lessons focusing on specialised lexis in context and collocations. Students will be encouraged through class discussions to view the texts not only from a linguistic perspective but also to consider their cultural and ideological stances. Finally, the course aims to enhance the students’ written and oral production by developing summary skills, i.e. the ability to reformulate and summarise the main points of a specialised text (written or audiovisual) using appropriate and accurate lexico-grammar.

NB: The main course in preceded by Lettorato (language practice) taught by English speaking instructors ). Both the Course and the Lettorato aim at bringing the participants to the B2 (intermediate) level of proficiency in English. To this end, students are expected to follow both as part of the course work. The thematic course will take place in the second term, while the Lettorato will take place in the first term (September-December).

Assessment criteria of knowledge

Students will be tested to ascertain that they have achieved a B2 level of the CEFR in general English in terms of both reception and production. They must also be able to recognize and employ the main lexical and grammatical features of the various texts analysed in class, and to be able to engage with their content.


Knowledge of general English at B1 level

Teaching methods

Delivery: face to face and in ENGLISH; seminars and informal group discussion. Attendance is highly recommended


- A dispensa with specialised texts and exercises (see http://elearning.sp.unipi.it/).


Hewlings, Martin (2013) Advanced English Grammar in Use: A Self-study Reference and Practice Book for Intermediate Students of English. With Answers. 3rd Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

-  Monolingual dictionary (eg., Oxford, Cambridge, Cobuild, Longman).

Keynote Upper Intermediate (National Geographic Learning / Cengage Learning) Paul Dummet, Lewis Lansford, Helen Stephenson. 2016

English File Upper Intermediate  Oxford University Press Clive Oxenden Christina Latham-Koenig 2008.

Krois-Linder, Amy and Firth, Matt (2008). Introduction to International Legal English. Cambridge University Press

Additional web pages

Course webpage


Other web references

https://elearning.cli.unipi.it/ (for information regarding Lettorato)

For information regarding office hours: https://unimap.unipi.it/cercapersone/dettaglio.php?ri=81766&template=dett_didattica.tpl