Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 5 hours per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 3 Hours   written examinations plus oral (10%) in semester 2  60%
Semester Assessment (Regular work assignments)  Continuous Assessment:  40%
Supplementary Exam If the module has been failed, the supplementary exam will consist of a 3-hour written examination which will count for 100%. If the student has failed the oral exam but has a passing average without the oral exam being taken into consideration, the supplementary exam will consist of an oral examination only (same format as in May/June). The mark of this supplementary oral exam will be integrated into the final mark. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, if you have made satisfactory progress, you will be able to:

- demonstrate your interest in and understanding of the Italian language as a subject of study
- display proficiency in the essential framework of Italian grammar and syntax
- translate selected passages from and into Italian
- use a range of linguistic structures, particularly those in more frequent general usage
- communicate in written Italian at a standard appropriate to Level 1 beginners
- produce summaries of material written in Italian
- give your own insights into aspects of Italian society
- use a good range of Italian vocabulary
- respond with understanding to spoken Italian
- make both supervised and independent use of the facilities available in the Language Resource Centre: audio visual material, interactive computer programmes and satellite television, to practice oral and aural skills.

Language modules have, as an integral part of their structure, regular homework assignments and class tests as well as end-of-year examinations. All assessment is designed to measure your progress against learning outcomes at the appropriate level.

Brief description

This module forms part of the core Level 1 programme in Italian and is the main language course in that year for students who do not have an 'A' level or equivalent in the language. It aims to introduce students to contemporary Italian, imparting all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and developing language awareness, and to bring students up to the standards which may enable them to proceed to Level 2. This intensive course adopts a multimedia approach, making extensive use of the audio visual material held in the Language Resource Centre, interactive computer programmes and satellite television.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Concise Ref. Grammar Italian Grammar Harrap Primo search
Recommended Text
Italian dictionary Italian dictionary (College/Concise/Paperback) Primo search I Silone. Edited by S. Odland (1974) Vino e Pane Grafisk, Easy Reader Series Primo search Lazzarino, G Prego! An invitation to Italian McGraw-Hill Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4