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ULIT20010 - Intermediate Italian

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2 
  • Pre-requisite: A good pass GCSE Italian or equivalent, ULIT10010 (if mark is over 65%) or ULIT10110.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Italian.
  • Taught during: Both semesters.
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.

Description

This course aims to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Italian. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired in elementary courses. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and new themes introduced which will develop your understanding of the society and culture of contemporary Italy. Students will be expected to use the resources in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest;
  2. Understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language;
  3. Intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics;
  4. Express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event;
  5. Write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week.

Assessment

  • Semester one: One written test (20%), one presentation (10%), one dossier mark (10%). Oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.
  • Semester two: One written test (20%), one aural (15%), one oral test (15%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 11 and 12. 

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.

Convenor

Maria Kluczek

Taught by

Maria Kluczek

Maximum entry

25

Set text

  • Foundations Italian 2 (Palgrave) Mara Benetti, Cristina Testi, Caterina Varchetta ISBN: 9781403936752.

Recommended texts

Pathway

ULIT20020 Post-intermediate Italian

Employability

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.