Module Identifier IT30130  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Adriano Vincentelli  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Giovanni Fanton  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 Italian.  
Course delivery Contact Hours   Minimum twenty-five contact hours per semester.  
Assessment Oral examination   Oral exam.   30%  
  Continuous assessment   Written assignments (minimum of 8 assignments per semester)   30%  
  Continuous assessment   Student contributions and active participation to the oral class.   10%  
  Exam   2x2 Hours   30%  

Brief description

This module forms part of the core Level 3 programme in Italian and is the main language course in that year. It follows on from the appropriate modules in earlier years (IT10740/IT10120, IT20130).
It is a thin module consisting of two weekly classes and one fortnightly, taught over two semesters and examined at the end of the academic year:

(a) one weekly class is devoted to aural/oral activities
(b) the other weekly class is devoted to a variety of written exercises (translations from and into Italian and essay writing)
(c) the fortnightly class will be used for additional grammar and vocabulary work and tests.

The aim of the written classes is:

The aim of the aural classes is:

However, students will appreciate that the range of vocabulary and idiomatic structures required at this level goes far beyond what can be learned in class. They must therefore be prepared to consolidate and further expand the active knowledge of language gathered during their year abroad:

a) by random means (such as reading books and newspapers, watching satellite TV or videotapes in the lab, attending the Italian film evenings, or corresponding with Italian friends!);
b) should this be found necessary, by a systematic study of vocabulary, verb forms, etc., and by making use of CALL facilities for the revision of grammar.
The module in Language of Current Affairs (IT30310) is complementary to this module.

Learning outcomes

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

- quantify your own improvement in Italian vocabulary, grammatical knowledge and spoken language since before going abroad
- translate idiomatically into and out of Italian, using factual or fictional texts
- translate selected unseen passages in class
- prepare passages for translation and discussion in class
- explain and justify your own choice and use of different linguistic registers
- demonstrate active command of stylistic levels of Italian
- demonstrate competence in preparing effectively for essay-writing: structuring work, constructing logical argument and expressing ideas in the appropriate linguistic register
- apply language skills acquired in Italian, and during the year abroad, with particular emphasis on achieving as native-like a pronunciation as possible
- express yourself with confidence using a rich and varied vocabulary
- apply orally the complex vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in written classes
- present independently prepared material in spoken or written Italian
- analyse and discuss complex Italian texts
- give detailed insight into Italian cultural and political affairs

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.

Reading Lists

A grammar book (preferably with exercises at adv. level and a key at the back).
A verb list.
A vocabulary list (if necessary, more specific indications will be given in class)..