ENGLISH FOR TOURISM | Università degli studi di Bergamo - Didattica e Rubrica


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B2/C1 level ability in English (Common European Framework)

Educational goals

On a metalinguistic level, the educational goals of this module are focussed on the acquisition of 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 those disciplines included in the so-called 'AREA 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.

Course content

The main contents of the module include the syntactic, lexical, and textual features of English as the language used in the tourism industry, both in specialized and promotional contexts (supply and demand, planning and management). This will be analyzed in tourism authentic texts.

Teaching methods

The course will be based on practical lectures on textual analysis of authentic texts. 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 course may be held on-line or partially on-line. If so, here might be differences from what above indicated, in order to make the both the course and the final exam more feasible.

Assessment and Evaluation

The exam comprises the following:
(A) Written test on pc.
1. find the mistake
2. jig-word exercise.
3. fill in the gap
4.Reading Comprehension
The pass level is 60% to be obtained in each of the above mentioned parts
The mark of the pc test is valid for 18 months
(B) Oral test:
(1) discussion of 6 research articles published as from 2020 and chosen from:
• "Tourism and Hospitality Research (THR)" [3 articles]
• “Tourist studies " [Three articles].
Both journals are available on-line from the library website (SAGE journals online).
Please note that "Book Reviews" and "Short Notices" are not accepted for discussion.
(2) ppt presentation of a practical application of the theoretical aspects discussed during the module lessons
(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) fluency, clarity and coherence, and 3) competence as to the course content.

Further information

COURSE reading list:
available on Leganto App
GRAMMAR Reading Lists
Please, check the homepage of Centro Competenza Lingue
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"
Should Covid-19 regulations change, the module might be different from what explained in the syllabus to align it to the pandemic requirements provided by law.