Italian film showing today: Che vuoi che sia / What’s the Big Deal (Edoardo Leo, 2016)

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The Italian film, Che vuoi che sia (Edoardo Leo, 2016) (101 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 30th October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

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Il film di questa settimana è una divertente commedia non solo sulle insidie che si possono nascondere nell’uso di internet e dei social media ma anche su cosa si può essere disposti a fare per denaro. Claudio e Anna vorrebbero avere un figlio ma non possono permetterselo. Una sera, in un momento di sconforto, complice anche qualche bicchiere di troppo, Claudio posta in rete per scherzo un video in cui accusa gli utenti di internet di essere interessati solo al sesso, e lancia una sfida: se verrà raggiunta una certa cifra tramite crowdfunding, lui ed Anna metteranno in rete un loro video erotico. Al loro risveglio si rendono conto di quello che hanno fatto, ma ormai è troppo tardi: le offerte hanno già cominciato ad arrivare e aumentano rapidamente. A questo punto per Claudio e Anna nasce il dilemma: avranno il coraggio di mantenere la loro promessa?

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This is an entertaining and thought-provoking film about how internet and social media are dominating our lives and what some people are prepared to do for money. Claudio and Anna would like to have a child but cannot afford to. One night, when they are feeling particularly down, after a few glasses too many, Claudio posts a video in which he criticises internet users for only looking for sex thrills online, and he creates a crowdfunding challenge: if a certain amount is reached, he will post a video of he and his wife having sex. The next morning, they realize what they have done, but it’s too late: offers are already pouring in fast. Claudio and Anna soon face a big dilemma: will they have the nerve to keep their promise?

Italian film showing today: L’Onorevole Angelina / Angelina (Luigi Zampa, 1947)

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The Italian film, L’Onorevole Angelina / Angelina (Luigi Zampa, 1947) (90 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 23rd October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Sarah Procter. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

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Questo film è ambientato nel dopoguerra in una borgata di Roma. La protagonista, Angelina (Anna Magnani), diventa la paladina della gente del suo quartiere, dove si vive in condizioni pietose. Angelina, che è una donna irruente e senza peli sulla lingua, inizia un movimento di protesta contro le autorità quando lei e tutti gli altri abitanti del quartiere devono abbandonare le loro misere dimore dopo un’alluvione. È un film drammatico, ma anche a tratti comico, che racconta il suo viaggio personale in un contesto politico e sociale litigioso. Il suo innato senso di giustizia le crea problemi nella vita personale, soprattutto con suo marito che è poliziotto, ma la rende una persona da ammirare e seguire per le donne del popolo.

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The film is set just after World War II in a suburb of Rome. The protagonist, Angelina (Anna Magnani), becomes a champion of the people of her neighbourhood, where living conditions are truly miserable. Angelina is outspoken and fiery, and she ends up starting a protest movement against the authorities when she and all the other residents of the area are forced to abandon their meagre homes after a flood. The film is a drama that incorporates some comedic moments and tells the story of Angelina’s personal journey in the contentious political and social context of the time. Her innate sense of justice creates problems in her personal life too, above all with her husband who is a police officer, but it also turns her into a figure for the women of her neighbourhood to admire and follow.

Next CLLEAR seminar: The effects of structured-input and structured-output tasks on the acquisition of English causative

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The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 16:00 in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “The effects of structured-input and structured-output tasks on the acquisition of English causative” and will be delivered by Alessandro Benati from the University of Portsmouth. All welcome for the seminar and discussion!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:

The experimental study presented in this paper (Benati and Batziou, 2017, 2018) considered the effects of structured-input and structured-output tasks when delivered in isolation and in combination. The effects of three different treatments (structured-input only; structured-output only; and a combination of structured-input and structured-output practice) were measured on the acquisition of English causative forms (feature affected by The First Noun Principle). Chinese adults and Greek school-age learners learning English participated in the study. Interpretation and production tests (sentence and discourse) were used as pre-test, immediate post-test, and delayed post-test. Results show that learners benefit from structured-input practice and maintain their ability to interpret and produce the target feature after that practice.

Italian film showing today: La bella società (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2010)

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The Italian film, La bella società (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2010) (100 minutes, Italian subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 16th October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

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La storia inizia negli anni ’50 in un luogo sperduto e desolato della Sicilia e finisce negli anni ’80 nel Piemonte operaio segnato dalle proteste studenteche. Il film racconta la storia di due fratelli sullo sfondo di un periodo storico caratterizzato da profondi cambiamenti. È un po’ come un giallo non solo perché è pieno di momenti di suspense ma anche perché le molte cose che succedono ai due protagonisti sono in apparenza misteriose. È un film con bellissimi paesaggi ed inquadratue stupende che ci dipinge un ambiente sociale caratterizzato da rapporti basati su ‘cose mai dette’ o ‘cose dette a metà’. Succedono molte cose ma una cosa è certa: due uomini, che i due fratelli conoscono bene, spariscono nel nulla e per capire perché bisogna vedere il film.

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This film follows the lives of two brothers from their childhood in the 1950s to when they are adults in the 1980s. It starts off in a desolate area of Sicily and ends up in the world of student and workers’ demonstrations in Turin. The changes that are occurring in Italy at this time are, however, only the backdrop, since the film is a bit like a mystery or a “whodunit” story because we, like the protagonists, don’t always immediately understand what is happening. The beautiful scenery, clever close-ups and rather skillful depiction of a society where many things are never spoken of or, if they are, they are only half uttered, makes this film mysterious and appealing. One thing we do know is that two men known to the brothers disappear and we will want to find out why.

CGE Research Seminar today: Launching the Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place today, Wednesday 11th October 2017 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar celebrates the launch of the Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca by Will Baker, Martin Dewey and Jennifer Jenkins. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Last month, Routledge published the first ever Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca. For our first research CGE seminar of this new year, we therefore decided that it would be appropriate to focus on the Handbook and its historic place in the development of ELF research. Jennifer Jenkins’s brief introduction will consider why such a Handbook was needed at this time in ELF’s trajectory and discuss the Handbook’s development. The three co-editors, Will Baker, Martin Dewey, and Jennifer Jenkins, will then each say a few words about their own Handbook chapter (respectively, ‘ELF and Intercultural Communication’, ‘ELF and Teacher Education’, and ‘The Future of ELF?’). This will be followed by a reception during which wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served, and a copy of the Routledge Handbook of ELF will be raffled. For the purposes of the raffle, each member of the audience will be issued with a raffle ticket on arrival at the seminar.

New Italian film season starts today: Veloce come il vento (Matteo Rovere, 2016)

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The Italian film, Veloce come il vento (Matteo Rovere, 2016 – 114 min) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 9th October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

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Il primo film di questa rassegna è una storia familiare complessa e drammatica ambientata nel mondo delle corse automobilistiche. I protagonisti sono due fratelli di Imola, Emilia Romagna: Giulia a soli 17 anni partecipa al Campionato GT sotto la guida di suo padre; suo fratello, Loris, molto più grande di lei, era una volta campione di rally ma adesso è tossicodipendente. I due, che non si vedevano da 10 anni, si riavvicinano dopo la morte improvvisa del padre. Il film è un susseguirsi di eventi drammatici, corse su piste ed inseguimenti per le strade di Imola, ma non è un tipico film del mondo dello sport: è un bel film su come possono essere difficili, ma anche molto gratificanti, i rapporti familiari.
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The first film of this season is the dramatic and complex story of a motor racing family. The protagonists are a sister and a brother from Imola in Emilia Romagna: Giulia is only 17 but is already taking part in GT races under the guidance of her father; her brother, Loris, who is much older than she, is a former rally champion but is now a drug addict. The two get to know each other again, after 10 years of separation, when their father suddenly dies. The film is exhilarating because it gives us plenty of dramatic moments, racing track scenes and car chases through the town of Imola. It is not, however, a typical sports film because it is mainly about family relationships and how rewarding they can be even when they are difficult.