Module Identifier IT19930  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Adriano Vincentelli  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite A-level or equivalent in the language  
Mutually Exclusive IT10740 - incompatible  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   77 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
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 Exam3 Hours 1 x 3-hour written examination  30%
Semester Assessment Continuous assessment: Written regular work assignments - 20%; Oral - based on attendance, active contribution, performance in small groups - 10%; Listening Comprehension - 20%.50%
Supplementary Exam3 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

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 rel;atively 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
- sel;ect 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 teh 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 Intercalary year) 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 Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 4