Module Information

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

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 4 x 1 hour sessions


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Written examination in semester 2  30%
Semester Exam Oral examination  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 4-6 topics covered during the first-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.  20%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment - Oral  based on attendance, active contribution and performance in the oral class  10%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment - Written  Eight written assignments - four under examination conditions  20%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment - Aural: Listening Comprehension  20%
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

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 3 hours per week and one hour per fortnight 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.

Reading List

Recommended Text
English-Italian, Italian-English Dictionary Collins-Sansoni Primo search Adorni, S and Primorac, K English Grammar for Students of Italian Arnold Harrap, Italian Verbs Primo search Giuseppe Ragazzini Il Ragazzini: dizionario inglese-italiano, italiano-inglese Primo search Lazzarino, G and Monet da Capo An Italian Review Grammar Fort Worth: Holt, Teinhart and Winston Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4