Pedagogical implications of teaching codes of ethics at tertiary level: An Italian case study






The study investigates the use of codes of ethics in teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to students enrolled in a first- level master’s course in Marketing Management in an Italian public university. According to Bhatia (2002), genre-specific documents such as codes of ethics have the potential to “sensitise and prepare students to meet the communicative demands of disciplinary communication” (p. 13). Within the theoretical framework of genre analysis and its possible implications for language teaching, this paper focuses on learners’ perceptions and achievements in EFL learning using corporate codes of ethics, presented to students both theoretically and on a practical level. A pre-questionnaire, pre- and post-test, and abridged post-treatment questionnaire were used to collect data. The goal of the five-week study was to demonstrate that genre pedagogy caters to learners’ needs, raises rhetorical and genre awareness, and fosters language awareness at a micro-textual, lexico-syntactical level.

Author Biographies

Cinzia Giglioni, Sapienza Università di Roma

Cinzia Giglioni is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome. She was an adjunct professor for several years in different universities in Italy, teaching both BA and first level master’s degree students. Her research interests span from second language acquisition to discourse analysis, especially in the context of language for specific purposes (LSP) research. Her most recent contributions focus on the linguistic aspects of corporate and political communication. She has presented papers at several international conferences and symposia and has published the results of her research in journals and edited volumes. She regularly collaborates with various international research groups, including CLAVIER (The Corpus and Language Variation in English Research Group) and GERAS (Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche en Anglais de Spécialité).

Ellen Patat, Università degli Studi di Milano and Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca

Ellen Patat, PhD, is presently teaching in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy), as well as business English at Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (Italy) and English for specific purposes (ESP) at the Università dell’Insubria (Italy). She previously taught English for academic purposes (EAP) and Italian as Foreign Language at Bahçeşehir University (Istanbul, Turkey) and Italian as FL and translation at Yeditepe University (Istanbul, Turkey). Following her degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures, she completed her PhD in Multilingualism and Comparative Literatures at the Università degli Studi di Udine (Italy), an MA in Conference Interpreting (EMCI) at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey) and a second BA in Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners at Consorzio ICoN. Her main areas of interest are modern and contemporary travel literature, EAP and ESP, Language Teaching, and Translation Studies.



How to Cite

Giglioni, C., & Patat, E. (2020). Pedagogical implications of teaching codes of ethics at tertiary level: An Italian case study. EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages, 7(2), 51–69.



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