English for economic and political relations
- A.A. 2019/2020
- CFU 8
- Ore 40
- Classe di laurea LM-52
Knowledge of the English language at least at B2 level of the CEFR (Common European
Framework of Reference for Languages).
The course aims at developing an advanced knowledge of the English language (at C1 level) in the context of political and economic international relations. Through the consolidation of written and oral skills, and the theoretical and practical analysis of linguistic, textual and rhetorical features of press articles, media news reports, and conversational excerpts, students will acquire a thorough understanding of communication dynamics as well as an insight into negotiation strategies that are required to operate in diplomatic milieus. They will also be enabled to contribute, in a linguistically and culturally effective way, to the drawing up and presentation of projects and documents in English for the purposes of international cooperation.
The course has a three-part structure addressing theoretical, analytical and communicative competences.
Specifically, theoretical insights will be gained into features of English usage that pertain to the contexts of international communication. Such notions as peace linguistics, world Englishes, conflict talk and strategies, verbal politeness and mitigating devices, and empathic analysis will be explored.
On the analytical side, the linguistic, structural and rhetorical features of a variety of texts (news reports, video broadcasts, dialogic interactions, etc.) concerning topical themes of political and economic international relations will be identified and discussed.
On the more practical side, the course will develop oral and written communication competences; students will be asked to summarize texts, draw up projects, role-play diplomatic negotiation scenarios, and listen to, understand and respond to speeches given by leading politicians in the multilateral fora of international cooperation.
- 1. (A) Patricia Friedrich English for Diplomatic Purposes Multilingual Matters, Bristol, 2016 » Pagine/Capitoli: 213
- 2. (A) Raffaela Merlini Seeking asylum and seeking identity in a mediated encounter. The projection of selves through discursive practices Interpreting, 11/1, 2009 » Pagine/Capitoli: 57-93
- 3. (A) Raffaela Merlini "Changing perspectives: Politeness in cooperative multi-party interpreted talk". In C. Schäffner, K. Kredens, Y. Fowler (eds) Interpreting in a changing landscape. Selected papers from Critical Link 6 John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, 2013 » Pagine/Capitoli: 267-283
- 4. (A) Raffaela Merlini, Mariadele Gatti "Empathy in healthcare interpreting: Going beyond the notion of role" The Interpreters' Newsletter 20, EUT, Trieste, 2015 » Pagine/Capitoli: 139-160
- 5. (C) Jackson R., Sorensen, G. Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013
Notes and handouts will be provided by the lecturer and uploaded onto her Unimc webpage.
- Illustration of theoretical concepts and classroom discussion
- Presentation of analytical tools
- Practical activities of written and oral text production and comprehension (entaling the use of authentic audio-visual materials)
- Role-play practice