|Module Title||THE LANGUAGE OF CURRENT AFFAIRS 2|
|Pre-Requisite||(Normally) eligibility for entry to Level 3 Italian.|
|Course delivery||Contact Hours||15 Hours (10 one-and-a-half hour lessons/seminars)|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours written exam. (One translation and one summary from Italian into English.)||60%|
|Continuous assessment||10 written assignments OR 7 written assignments PLUS one web page production exercise||40%|
At the end of this course, students should
This module aims to familiarise students with the language of current affairs (typically, as it appears in daily newspapers and weekly magazines). It also hopes to broaden the students' awareness of and curiosity towards the reality of contemporary Italy.
Lectures will be based, on a rota, on current newspaper or magazine articles or on material available in Robert Lumley' text (see below), which covers topics such as racism, political satire, terrorism, and the Tangentopoli scandal.
Students will be asked to prepare the material beforehand for discussion in class and then produce one piece of homework per week consisting, alternately, of a translation, a summary, or answers to the exercises in the Lumley text.
N.B. As an alternative to handing in three of the above pieces of work, students will be given the opportunity (and, if required, the necessary technical support) to produce a web page based on a current affairs article, with links explaining or illustrating relevant aspects of Italian culture, history, or politics.
Lumley, Robert. (1996) Italian Journalism. A Critical Anthology. MUP