ULIT10022 - Introductory Italian

  • Credits: 10
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Italian
  • Taught during: Semester 2 only
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.


This course is designed for students who wish to move quickly through the fundamentals of Italian grammar while developing some basic communicative skills. It aims to teach students simple structures and lexis which will enable them to communicate effectively in a range of situations in a Italian-speaking country.

Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Italian
  2. communicate orally and in written form in a limited number of social occasions.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week.


One written test (40%), one oral (35%) and one aural test (25%). The aural tests will take place in week 10, the written in week 11, and the oral test in week 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.



Taught by

See timetables.

Maximum entry

25 per group.

Set text

  • Foundations Italian 1 (includes 2 CDs) (Palgrave), 3rd Edition, ISBN: 9781137579218

Recommended texts


ULIT20110 Pre-intermediate Italian, depending on results and if supplemented by a summer course leading to A1.2 standard as per the Common European Framework.


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.