ITA-90004 - Italian 4
Coordinator: Manuela Contardi-Lane Room: CBB0.033 Tel: +44 1782 7 34269
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Italian 3 or equivalent (e.g. GCSE grade C / 4-5, CEFR Level A1+)

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Italian 4 is designed to continue Italian language study for students who have successfully completed module Italian 3 at Keele or equivalent (e.g., GCSE Grade B-C/4-5, CEFR Level A1+).
The module will build on skills acquired in Italian 3 and expand your vocabulary base and ability to interact in everyday situations in Italian. Topics include talking about the past (education, life and work experience) and future career plans. You will consolidate and broaden your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in class, as well as practice your communicative skills. As in the preceding course, the targeted exercises and audio-visual material provided are extended by the KLE. When the course is completed, you can expect to have acquired a denser, more complex understanding of the language, together with the ability to respond with confidence. Various aspects of contemporary Italian life will be discussed to give you an insight into Italian culture and customs.
The language level of this module corresponds to A1+ work leading to Level A2 in the European Common Framework for Languages (CEFR A2).

The module aims at improving students communication skills; to consolidate previous grammatical knowledge and widen their vocabulary; provide them with a basic understanding of culture specific behaviour; and enable them to become efficient language learners.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recognise and understand basic sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of personal relevance (e.g. studies, work, hobbies, past experiences, etc.) when people speak clearly: 1,3
Understand, summarise and extract key information from written texts related to areas of personal relevance: 1,2
Interact in familiar situations, asking and answering questions related to a range of topics (educational background, work, hobbies, past experiences, etc.), being able to ask for repetition or clarification, provided the other person talks clearly: 3
Write notes, messages and texts (e.g. personal letters or emails) related to areas of personal relevance, making pertinent grammatical and lexical choices: 1,2
Recognise and use simple grammatical structures and rules in the target language and compare them to the English language: 1,2,3
Recognise and act upon cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations, demonstrate knowledge of common traditions in the Italian speaking world, and identify different registers and varieties of the language: 1,2,3

Study hours

22 hours of contact time in class.
40 hours assessment preparation and completion.
88 hours guided independent study.

School Rules

Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment form
Students can only take one Italian language module per semester.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Online Tasks weighted 30%
Online Tasks
Students 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 Test
Students 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 Assessment
A 6-10 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive), listening (receptive) and conversation (interaction) skills. Task 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.