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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ITAL1030 Beginners Italian 1

20 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Simone Lomartire

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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

This module is for ab initio students who have no, or little previous knowledge of Italian.The module aims to take students rapidly to about A1-level standard of CEFR in the use and understanding of written and spoken Italian. Teaching is by four one-hour language classes each week. Dedicated drop-in sessions provide students with opportunities to network with peers, explore areas of interest, and ask specific questions on module content and coursework while helping consolidate key skills and knowledge throughout the module.This is an intensive language degree module, designed more specifically for Single and Joint Honour students for whom it is compulsory. Discovery and skills discovery places are available. However, students wishing to take a more communicative and less intensive approach to learning Italian language from scratch are advised to consider the modules offered by Languages for All.The textbook (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.


This module introduces students to the Italian language and it focuses on the acquisition of linguistic knowledge in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) up to A1 level (CEFR), developing competence and accuracy when using the language in a variety of contexts at that level.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. extract essential information from written, audio and visual material;
2. understand basic texts with a specific communicative purpose, and vocabulary of very frequent use; 3. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Italian grammar and vocabulary at CEFR Level A1;
4. interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to rephrase or repeat information;
5. demonstrate an initial awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between Italian and English


The syllabus for this module will cover the basic rules of Italian at CEFR Level A1, including the use of nouns, adjectives, pronouns and verbs in the most commonly used tenses.
It will examine the use of some topics and their corresponding vocabulary, with an emphasis on increasing the students’ knowledge of intercultural competence and, more specifically of Italian geography, regional varieties, uses and customs.

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 of independent work; revision of class material and workbook exercises.

Oral work: at least 3 hours a week; independent work; attendance to 1 Drop-in session per week (from week 3 of teaching)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Oral work: at least 3 hours a week; independent work; attendance to 1 Drop-in session per week (from week 3 of teaching)

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentContinuous Assessment - Weekly Homework20.00
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
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins30.00
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30 mins50.00
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: 02/10/2020 13:44:17


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