Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Italian 1 or equivalent (e.g. one year of Italian language studies several years ago)
This module is designed for students with limited prior knowledge of Italian (e.g. Italian 1 or equivalent). It will develop basic communications skills in Italian in everyday situations (such as talking about hobbies, likes and dislikes) and will continue to introduce further aspects of Italian culture, customs and traditions. The emphasis will be on oral communication skills through the use of role plays, pair work and short presentations in small groups, and you will also develop reading and writing skills in Italian. The basic outline and structure of the module will be given by the course-materials, but these will be supplemented by regular video work and other online activities. There will also be the opportunity to practise and reinforce vocabulary and language structures. The language level of this module corresponds to A1 work leading to Level A1+ of the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR A1+).
This module aims to improve students┐ writing, reading, speaking and listening skills acquired in Italian 1; to provide them with a basic understanding of culture specific behaviour; and enable them to become more efficient language learners.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Recognise and understand familiar words, basic sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal information, family, studies, hobbies, etc.) when people speak slowly and clearly: 1,3Understand and extract key information from simple written texts, for example messages, notices, posters, catalogues, etc.: 1,2Interact in simple, familiar situations, asking and answering simple questions related to personal information, and being able to ask for repetition or clarification, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly: 3Write simple notes, messages and short texts (e.g. personal letters or emails) providing personal information about themselves and their surroundings, making pertinent grammatical and lexical choices: 1,2Understand and use simple grammatical structures and rules and develop language learning strategies: 1,2,3Recognise and act upon very basic cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations and demonstrate knowledge of common traditions in the Italian speaking world: 1,2,3
22 hours of contact time in class.40 hours assessment preparation and completion.88 hours guided independent study.
Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment formStudents are only permitted to take one Italian language module per semester.
1: Online Tasks weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Online TasksStudents will complete a series of online exercises to assess their reading comprehension, grammar and writing skills in the target language.2: Class Test weighted 20%
Class testStudents will complete an in-class test which may include writing a short text in the target language in class.3: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken Interaction AssessmentA 4-8 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive), listening (receptive) and conversation (interaction) skills. Tasks may include presentation, role play, description or similar and question and answer. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups, individual marks will be awarded to each student.