Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Italian Language Advanced
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
A-level or equivalent in Italian
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 40 x 1 Hour Seminars
Seminar 44 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 20%: 8 written assignments, 4 of them under exam conditions (those taken under exam conditions counting twice as much as the others); 20%: listening comprehension (2 tests); 10%: oral (4 marks based on attendance, active contribution and performance in small oral groups).  50%
Semester Exam The oral Examination takes the form of a 15-minute interview with one member of staff. During this interview the candidate will be asked: (a) to offer a brief presentation (maximum 5-7 minutes) in the target language on a selected topic and (b) to engage in a general conversation arising in the first instance from the presentation itself. Some weeks before the oral exam, students will be provided with five topics taken from the topics covered during the oral classes throughout the year. They will need to prepare all five of these topics as only one of them will be given to the student in the exam. The final exam topic will be provided to the candidate at the beginning of the examination. There will be no period of preparation time immediately beforehand. Candidates are reminded that they are not allowed to read from a script and are not allowed to bring any notes into the examination room; they must not deliver a previously learnt speech. The presentation should lead into (and be constructed so as to lead into) a conversation and further discussion of the topic. A more general conversation will follow.  20%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   written examination in semester 2  30%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   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.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

- identify an increase in their own skills in independent language study since A level
- demonstrate the improvement in their linguistic knowledge and skills since A level
- display proficiency in Italian grammar and syntax at the appropriate level
- translate selected passages from and into Italian
- identify different registers of written Italian
- use a range of linguistic structures
- communicate in written and oral Italian at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- produce summaries of material written in Italian
- use a relatively extensive Italian vocabulary
- give their own insights into key aspects of Italian society
- participate in debate at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- respond with clear understanding to spoken Italian
- demonstrate familiarity and confidence in the spoken application of Italian grammar
- select media articles, audio and video tapes for discussion in class

Brief description

This is a thin module with 4 hours per week extending over Semesters 1 and 2. Students will do a range of listening/writing/oral exercises. All classes will be devoted to the integrated study of the Italian language in its cultural context. Exercises will be set regularly. Marks for these - and for occasional tests in class - will constitute the CA mark for the course.

Listening comprehension: (a skill of considerable importance for the Year Abroad) will be practised from time to time during the year in class. It will be assessed by tests will which contribute 20% of the total module marks. You are expected and strongly advised to practise listening comprehension in your own time (e.g. in the Language Resource Centre); this is a skill where practise does indeed make perfect.


This module is at CQFW Level 4