ULIT20110 - Pre-intermediate Italian

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: GCSE grade C or lower or, if taken over 3 years ago,  grade A*, A or B, or equivalentt; ULIT10010 if mark obtained less than 65%. 
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Italian.
  • Taught during: Both semesters.
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.


This course is designed for students who have completed a Beginners' course but who do not feel confident enough to proceed directly to Intermediate Level or who would like more time to consolidate material introduced earlier. It is most probable that these will be part-time students or those from non-European language backgrounds. 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. Understand texts using high frequency everyday language;
  2. The ability to read short, simple texts with specific information and simple personal letters;
  3. The ability to communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics;
  4. The ability to write a short personal letter or text about familiar subjects.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2+ of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

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

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Assessment will normally take place during week 12.
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. 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.


Maria Kluczek 

Taught by

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Maximum entry

25 per group.

Set text

  • L'italiano all'università, ISBN: 9789606930683.

Recommended texts


ULIT20010 Intermediate Italian


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.