Module Identifier IT19930  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Adriano Vincentelli  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Roberta Sartoni  
Pre-Requisite A-level or equivalent in Italian  
Mutually Exclusive IT10740  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   77 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1x3 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 class10%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment - Eight written assignments20%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment - Aural: Listening Comprehension20%
Supplementary Exam1x3 Hours 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 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.

Eight pieces of written work will be required over the year, of which half will be completed in class: these will count for double the weighting of the exercises completed outside the classes.If assessed work is missing, the module marks (for this element of the assessment) will be reviewed at the end of the year. If you have a valid and documented reason for non-submission, the average of the CA will be calculated across the marks of work which was received. If there was no such reason, then a mark of zero will be entered and the average will be calculated across teh full raneg of required work.

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


This module is at CQFW Level 4