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Lingua inglese - Corso di inglese (Secondo Semestre)


English for the Social Services


Anno accademico 2022/2023

Codice dell'attività didattica
Alice Edna Spencer (Titolare del corso)
Corso di studi
Laurea I° livello in Educazione Professionale - Torino (f070723)
1° anno
Periodo didattico
Secondo semestre
Di base - I anno - propedeutico di carattere generale
SSD dell'attività didattica
L-LIN/12 - lingua e traduzione - lingua inglese
Modalità di erogazione
Lingua di insegnamento
Modalità di frequenza
Tipologia d'esame
Scritto ed orale
To be admitted to the course, all students must have taken the placement test. Students level A1 or A2 must complete the online pre-course before the beginning of lessons.

Sommario insegnamento


Obiettivi formativi

The course in English for the Social Services is divided into the following modules:

  • Introduction to Social Work
    • The History of Social Work in Great Britain
    • Different Fields of Social Work
    • Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and the Importance of Self-Care
  • Child and Family Support
    • Divorce and child custody
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • “Looked after” and “at risk” children
    • Domestic violence
  • Old Age
    • Formal and informal care
    • Problems faced by older adults
      • Ageism and elder abuse
      • Reduced autonomy
      • Bereavement
      • Dementia
    • The ageing population phenomenon
  • Mental Illness
    • Overview of common mental illnesses
    • The multidisciplinary team
    • Eating disorders
    • Focus: mental illness and the internet
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
    • Experimental use, recreational use, dependency
    • Approaches to treating addiction
    • The debate on legalisation
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion
    • Immigration and racism
    • Austerity and its repercussions
    • Social housing
    • Gang culture

During the course, students will need to prepare at least two of the following pieces of coursework in groups

  • A brief research presentation on one of the following topics:
    • The “Baby P Effect on Child and Family Social Work”
    • The Grenfell Tower Disaster and Social Housing
  • A brief role-play of the kind that might be used in a peer-education context
  • A consideration of how online resources can be deployed in social care

Students will only be admitted to the final exam if they have fulfilled the attendance and coursework requirements. The final exam will consist in:

  • A computer-based written test including multiple choice reading and listening exercises, designed to test the student’s knowledge and understanding of the grammatical and lexical content of the course
  • An oral presentation, using Powerpoint or similar, on a topic of the candidate’s choice pertinent to their field of study. The assessment will take into account:
    • Language accuracy and pronunciation
    • Content
    • Structure
    • Presentation skills
    • Ability to respond to questions

Overall, the course aims to familiarize students with the core terms and concepts of their field of study in the English language, to invite them to reflect on the contrasts between the social services in Italy and the UK and to acquire the linguistic skills and intercultural awareness that might help them to practise social work overseas or in an international context.


Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

By the end of the course students should be able to understand and discuss field-specific texts in English at at least a B1 level. In addition to the three university credits (CFU) awarded at the end of the course, students will also be eligible for an Open Badge Certificate of competence in English for the Social Services at B1, B2 or C1 Level (  


Modalità di insegnamento

Lessons are classroom-based, taking place in LL2 at the CLE and in the computer rooms of the CLA (Palazzo Nuovo piano semi-interrato).


Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

The exam is in two parts: a computer-based test and an oral presentation.  Only students who pass the computer-based test will be admitted to the oral exam.  Course attendance is obligatory.  Non-attenders may not take the exam.



Textbook: English for the Social Services by Alice Spencer (2022 edition only).  Available here ( and here (

Course Moodle Page:

Login Key: EduProfTorino2022

Topics Covered:

  1. An Introduction to Social Work
  2. Child and Family Support
  3. Old Age
  4. Mental Illness
  5. Addiction and Substance Abuse
  6. Poverty and Social Exclusion


Testi consigliati e bibliografia

English for the Social Services
Anno pubblicazione:  
Alice Spencer

Testo In corso di aggiornamento.

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Il Placement test di Lingua Inglese si terrà LUNEDI' 28 NOVEMBRE presso il CLA  (Centro Linguistico di Ateneo) secondo le modalità descritte di seguito.

Per poter partecipare è necessario iscriversi, utilizzando il seguente link, entro giovedì 24 novembre 2022 ore 14:00. 
Le prove sono programmate per gli studenti della sede di Torino il 28 novembre 2022 e sono predisposti due turni: ore 13:30 e ore 15.00.
Per accedere ai PC saranno necessarie le credenziali SCU di Ateneo; siete quindi invitate ad averle con voi o memorizzarle. 
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