D3a - Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)
Prof.ssa E. Foppa Pedretti and Dott. C. Casucci
(responsible for the Faculty of Agricultural Studies)
English: Dr. P. M. Jones (elementary level),
Dr.S.A.Hill (intermediate level)
Dr. E.D.Agnelli (advanced level)
French: Dr. B. Dupouts,
Spanish: Dr. M. J. Simón Villares
German: Dr. I. Mesits
(C.S.A.L. Language Assistants)
Intermediate level for undergraduate (three year) degree courses in:
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
VITICULTURE AND ENOLOGY
FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Advanced level for the postgraduate course (Specialist degree course) in:
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (AST)
• Students may take the language test in one of the following languages: English,
French, Spanish or German. Students from foreign countries taking part in the
Erasmus programme may take a test of Italian.
• The language assistants from the University Language Centre (CSAL) work in
collaboration with the Faculty to assist any students who need to improve their
knowledge of foreign languages. Foreign students who need to improve their
knowledge of Italian may also take advantage of the services offered by the CSAL.
• Any students who have obtained internationally valid language certificates in one of
the four abovementioned languages may ask for recognition of this level of
language competence. The certificates will be converted into ECTs, according to
the table drawn up by the Faculty.
Organisation of the study syllabus and the exams
Three levels of study activities have been organised:
Intermediate level: classes for second year students to consolidate and extend their
understanding of grammar through reading skills, with particular emphasis on scientific
texts. The students must be able to understand the general meaning of various types of
text and the most important information contained in scientific or technical texts.
The level of knowledge attained will be assessed through a written examination
(translation of a scientific or technical text).
Advanced level: classes for students attending the second year of the postgraduate
degree course (AST), to consolidate and extend their knowledge of vocabulary and to
practice their ability to speak about scientific subjects. The students must be able to
discuss scientific or technical subjects.
The level of knowledge attained will be assessed through an oral examination
(presentation in a foreign language of a chosen scientific or technical subject).
Italian as a foreign language
Any foreign students taking part in the Erasmus programme who need to improve their
knowledge of Italian may take advantage of the services offered by the University
Language Centre (CSAL) in collaboration with the Faculty.
“Essential Grammar in Use with key and CDRom" by Murphy and Pallini. ed: CUP 3rd
edition for the elementary level.
Photocopied material will be provided for the intermediate level.
« Le nouveau sans frontières n°1 + cahier d'exercices n°1 »- Edition Clé International-
Authors: Philippe Dominique (for the first year).
« Civilisation progressive du français » - Author: Ross Steele - Edition Clé International (for
the second year).
« Passwort Deutsch 1 »
« Passwort Deutsch 2 »
« Contacto Nivel 1 » -ed. Zanichelli for the elementary level
« Contacto Nivel 2 » -ed. Zanichelli for the intermediate level
Additional activities for students interested in studying English.
1. Quick Placement Test (QPT)
During the periods indicated by the language assistants first year students may do this test
in the Faculty computer room to assess their knowledge of English. The score obtained,
between level 0 and level 5, is to be interpreted as follows:
Level 0: Using the computer room facilities the student must follow the self-study
elementary language course software “English Express” so as to arrive at the minimum
level of English required in order to attend the elementary English classes.
Level 1: the student already knows English sufficiently well to be able to attend the
elementary English classes
Levels 2 – 5: The student knows enough English to be able to take the elementary level
English test without attending the classes.
Any students who wish to practice English on their own may use the English Express
software which is available in the computer room of the Faculty.