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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ITAL1030 Beginners Italian 1

20 creditsClass Size: 65

Module manager: Alessandra Flore

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Please note: This module is mutually exclusive with all FLTU Italian modules.

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

The module aims to take students rapidly to about A1-level standard in the use and understanding of written and spoken Italian Teaching is by four one-hour language classes each week. As this module is compulsory for Italian degree students, the number of discovery places may be limited. This module is an intensive language degree module, designed more specifically for Single and Joint Honour students. It is available also as an discovery module, but students wishing to take a more communicative and less intensive approach to learning Italian language from scratch are advised to consider the module offered by the Language Centre, with the code FLTU. The textbook Affresco italiano (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 - that it facilitates students' understanding of the level they achieve- logical progression through levels. Knowledge 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.


On successful completion of this module and Beginners' Italian 2, which will normally follow it, students will:
- have a thorough grounding in the principal constructions of Italian grammar and the basic vocabulary of Italian
- be able to use and understand written and spoken Italian with some competence in a variety of contexts.


This module, intended for ab initio students of Italian, will:
a) cover the basic rules of Italian, including the use of nouns, adjectives, pronouns and verbs in the most commonly used tenses
b) introduce students to reading an elementary text in Italian
c) give practice in Italian conversation in everyday situations
d) give practice in the comprehension of elementary spoken Italian.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class401.0040.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Written work: at least 3 hours a week
Oral work: at least 3 hours a week

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Regular written work handed in and/or discussed in class
- Continuous assessment of oral work
- Class performance.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective logLanguage log20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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: 13/11/2018 09:25:32


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