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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ITAL1010 Italian Language A

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Maria Chiara La Sala
Email: m.c.lasala@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Either: A level or AS level Italian or experience equivalent which satisfies the Department.

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is offered as an discovery module to students who have a good pass in Italian at A2 or AS level. This module consolidates knowledge of intermediate Italian and explores more difficult structures and vocabulary. As these modules are compulsory for Italian degree students, the number of discovery places may be limited. Students wishing to take discovery Italian from scratch are directed to modules offered by the Language Centre, with the code FLTU. The textbook Affresco italiano B1 (see reading list for details) is linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). The CEFR describes language ability on a scale of levels from A1 for beginners up to C2. The incorporation of the CEFR demonstrates:- the validity of our language programme - facilitates students' understanding of the level they achieve- logical progression through levelsKnowledge of the CEFR enhances:- students' engagement with the language learning experience- students' motivation and progress during their experience abroad;- educational and occupational mobility thanks to the transferability of the CEFR system

Objectives

This is a consolidation module for students with A or AS Level Italian. It will reinforce basic and more complex grammatical structures and enable students to build up a broad vocabulary in a variety of specialised areas.

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- recognise, describe and use the essentials of Italian grammar and syntax;
- express themselves fluently and accurately in Italian and in English;
- read authentic texts in Italian on a variety of subjects;
- understand and participate in general conversation in Italian on a variety of subjects;
- demonstrate an awareness of a variety of registers in spoken and written Italian;
- organise their own independent study of the Italian language.

Learning outcomes
Consolidation of knowledge of basic Italian grammar and vocabulary; exploration of more difficult structures; introduction to awareness of register in language; fostering of skills in written and spoken Italian.

Oral classes will pursue the goal of enabling students to communicate intelligibly in spoken Italian on everyday topics, and on such more advanced subjects as are within students' range. In written classes, a similar range of subject matter and register will be used, and certain specific grammar points and structures will be targeted.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- recognise, describe and use the essentials of Italian grammar and syntax;
- express themselves fluently and accurately in Italian and in English;
- read authentic texts in Italian on a variety of subjects;
- understand and participate in general conversation in Italian on a variety of subjects;
- demonstrate an awareness of a variety of registers in spoken and written Italian;
- organise their own independent study of the Italian language.


Syllabus

Indicative moods of verbs
Transitive and intransitive verbs
Past tenses
Subjunctive mood
Conditional mood
Future tense
Imperatives
Comparative and superlative adjectives
Personal pronouns
Relative pronouns

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar202.0040.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Use of textbook to prepare for classes and reinforce materials and topics covered. Use of support materials as appropriate on the VLE. Completion of fortnightly assignments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through:
- non-assessed assignments to be completed outside class with written feedback
- informal formative feedback on oral class participation and performance in coursework elements of the module
- formal feedback on examination performance at the end of Semester 1

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3 x in-class assessments, with the marks from the two best performances carried forwards.15.00
ProjectIn class performance7.50
Reflective logLog7.50
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins35.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2018

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