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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1623 Lower Intermediate Italian 20 credits, Semesters 1&2

20 creditsClass Size: 9

Module manager: Patrizia Lavizani

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

FLTU level 1 or equivalent in this language

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

Foreign language skills can give a significant boost to your opportunities for employment and in your life as a whole. As a student at the University of Leeds, you are entitled to take a foreign language as a discovery module in any year of study and gain formal academic credit for it. The emphasis in our teaching is on achieving real-world communication abilities in all of the four main language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our teaching takes place in practical and interactive weekly classes of no more than 18 learners and uses the modern facilities and technology of our excellent ‘Language Zone’ area in the Language Centre.


On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- handle lengthy conversations in familiar and unfamiliar settings, as long as the language used is relatively simple;
- be understood by native and non-native speakers without difficulties;
- express facts and opinions concerning their field of study;
- understand authentic written, audio and video extracts concerning their field of study, general topics of interest and those that will be covered;
- produce longer pieces of writing concerning their field of study, general topics of interest and those covered in class;
- understand and produce a limited range of business related activities and correspondence;
- understand and use main key areas of grammar including the present, future and conditional tenses, the perfect and imperfect tense and the subjunctive modes.
- develop an understanding of the structure of the language and culture of the country (ies) where the target language is spoken.


- Review of areas covered in the elementary level (A2)
- Colloquial and casual forms of speech
- Applying for a job in spoken and written modes and attending an interview
- Researching, reporting and presenting written and aural information
- Giving and asking for opinions and instructions
- Evaluating opinions and drawing conclusions; agreement or disagreement; making recommendations
- Talking about culture and society
- Current affairs: covering areas relating to work, tourism, the environment, the arts, culture, entertainment and media

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class212.0042.00
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Guided independent study
- Preparation of coursework
- Preparation for final assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Portfolio, class participation and Project

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectOne written task35.00
AssignmentSpeaking task35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

The resit will be in the form of a writing task.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

The resit will be in the form of a Portfolio containing one task per skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 17/02/2021 17:29:14


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