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A.Y. 2019 / 2020

Second semester
Type of Learning Activity 
Foreign language skills, final examination
Study Path 
[PDS0-2018 - Ord. 2018] common
Teaching language 

Italian and English

Learning objectives 

This course aims at providing students with the following knowledge and skills:

D1. Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course, students must have developed and strengthened their linguistic, vocabulary and interaction skills in the English language, reaching a B1 level;

D2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course, students must be able to apply the knowledge acquired in D1, with particular attention to the comprehension of texts in technical English;

D3. Making judgments: at the end of the course, students must be able to communicate in English with a terminology appropriate to professionals and technicians of the constructions, architecture, urban planning and the general design sectors;

D4. Communication skills: at the end of the course, students must be able to present, discuss and apply the acquired concepts and terminologyv in a clear way.

D5. Learning skills: at the end of the course, students must be able to use independently the topics covered in the course, in both verbal and written communication.


Knowledge of English at least at A2 level.


This course is divided into 3 teaching modules.
Module 1 - The architectural and urban planning specialist language: an introduction to the English used in fields such as drawing, architectural and urban planning, restoration, landscape architecture, etc.
Module 2 - Grammar and syntax focusing on the most problematic aspects for FL learners native speakers of Italian: use of specialist terminologies, also borrowed from other disciplines.
Module 3 - Building interactions in different contexts.
Development of active participation of students in class activities, with translation exercises and group comments, starting from written or audiovisual materials prepared by the teaching staff.

Teaching format 

Commented reading;
Oral interaction with comments on the class readings.

Extended Programme 

Office hours during term: before lessons.

Off term by appointment: email detailing your requests.

End-of-course test 

Written part: general English test with multiple-choice and open responses on grammar, syntax and use of English.
Oral: a short interview on some of the course's topics/texts, with a focus on design, project, architectural space, urban planning, materials and building specialist terms.
The final mark will consist in a weighted average between the two parts.
English monolingual dictionaries are allowed for the written test only.

Other information 

Materials available on
For further information, email lecturer:


Learning material used during the course and available on Course 038AR Inglese 2019;

Hall, Diane and Foley, Mark, Longman Advanced Learners’ Grammar, Longman, 2003; or, a recently published English grammar, Intermediate or Advanced;
Christina Cawthra, English for Architecture, Cafoscarina, 2004

Recommended texts
Giampieri, Patrizia, Inglese per architetti. Manuale di inglese tecnico per architetti, ingegneri civili, urbanisti e geometri, Edizioni Le Penseur, 2016
Bulletti, Paolo, Inglese per l’architettura. Dizionario tecnico per architetti, ingegneri, geometri, addetti alle imprese di costruzioni, agenti immobiliari, studenti, Tecniche nuove, 2016
Marsh, David, For Who the Bell Tolls. One Man’s Quest for Grammatical Perfection, Faber, 2013;
A monolingual dictionary of English, Advanced level, published after 2007.

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