This introductory course presents some of the key themes of the contemporary art scene that are useful for understanding the characteristics on which today's architecture is based. The speech of the teacher, Prof. Federico Bucci, is characterised by its clarity and discursive effectiveness, in which intonational curves incisively underline the importance and progression of argumentative points. It is therefore a very useful resource for language study combined with disciplinary learning that can be exploited both individually and in groups, both independently and in integrated teaching.
Positive aspects: In the creation of the short expository videos, examples of functional integration of verbal descriptions (available in both oral and written form thanks to transcripts) and iconic descriptions predominate. The latter take the form of photographs, technical drawings, plans, projections, etc. and make it possible to provide an effective illustration of academic speech on graphic text and images. This combination also makes it possible to work easily on sectoral vocabulary, for example by creating specific glossaries, on the ability to understand/produce descriptive text, a predominant type in the text of this discipline, and on some discursive features of the text typical of this specific academic field.
Negative aspects: the forum environment appears to be used more for requests (for clarification or unforeseen functionalities) and generic expressions of appreciation than for targeted disciplinary discussion. In this sense, the course offers few opportunities to observe examples of re-elaboration and reformulation of content, an opportunity that would instead be functional to obtain a better intake and to promote the development of the ability to mediate disciplinary content in linguistic varieties with different degrees of formality and interactivity.