Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
(Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 Italian
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other Contact Hours. 60 lectures / seminars / tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written - a variety of written assignments (minimum of 8) 50%; Oral - based on attendance, active contribution and performance in the oral class 10%; Aural - listening comprehension 20%.  Continuous Assessment:  80%
Semester Exam The oral examination takes the form of a 20-minute interview with the oral class tutor. During this interview the candidate will be asked: (a) to offer a brief presentation (maximum 5-7 minutes), in Italian, on a selected topic and (b) to engage in a general conversation, arising in the first instance from one of the 6-8 topics covered during the second-year oral classes. Only one topic will be provided per candidate. Candidates thus need to be prepared to discuss a wide range of topics. The presentation topic will be provided to the candidate 20 minutes before the examination (exact arrangements will be on the notice-board well before the examination). Candidates are reminded that they are not allowed to read from a script; they may not bring extensive notes to the examination (notes will be collected at the end of the examination); 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.  Oral Examination:  20%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   1 x 3-hour written examination (unless ONLY the oral component is failed, in which case the supplementary exam will be an oral examination).  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

- identify your own improvement in Italian vocabulary and grammatical knowledge in written - and spoken language
- differentiate between major stylistic levels of Italian
- recognise and understand different linguistic registers in Italian
- translate selected Italian passages showing idiomatic, authentic style and grammatical usage
- present independently prepared material in spoken or written Italian
- discuss and debate topical issues in Italian
- summarise in your own words selected pieces of written or spoken Italian
- give your own insights into contemporary Italian life and culture
- take part in role-plays in Italian
- enter into conversation in Italian with confidence in your ability to express youself
- make both supervised and independent us of the facilities in the Language Resource Centre: audio visual material, interactive computer programmes and satellite television

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 2 programme in Italian and is the main language course in that year.

The format of this 'thin' module is as follows: there will be three weekly classes (one concentrating on oral, two concentrating on written skills) and one fortnightly class. The weekly hours will be devoted to a variety of language exercises aimed at developing written and oral skills. The fortnightly hour will involve translation practice from Italian.
Continuous assessment marks for the module will be derived from written work set by the tutor, and from attendance, active contribution and performance in the weekly oral hour.

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 which will 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.

Formal examinations - written language and oral/aural - will take place at the end of the second semester.
The modules in Business Language IT20310 this year and Language of Current Affairs IT30310 in later years are complementary to this module.


  • To consolidate students' knowledge of Italian grammar and vocabulary, with the ultimate aim of fostering accuracy in writing Italian.
  • To train students to translate accurately into English (or Italian) passages of continuous Italian (English) prose. Accuracy refers to content, idiom and style, and to grammatical usage, i.e. the translation ought to include all the information in the original and this ought to be expressed in English (Italian) that sounds as if a native-speaker had written it, that is grammatically correct, and is as formal or informal as the original.
  • To develop students' oral competence.

Reading List

Reference Text
A. Laura Lepschy & G. Lepschy The Italian Language Today Hutchinson Primo search G. Devoto and G. Oli Dizionario della lingua italiana Le Monnier Primo search M. Dardano and Trifone, P. La lingua italiana Zanichelli Primo search M. Maiden & C. Robustelli A reference grammar of modern Italian Arnold Primo search S. Adorni & K. Primorac English Grammar for students of Italian Arnold Harrap's, Italian Verbs Primo search English-Italian, Italian-English Dictionary Collins - Sansoni Primo search Il Ragazzini: dizionario inglese-italiano, italiano-inglese Giuseppe Ragazzini Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5