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2013/14 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1612 Elementary Italian 20 credits, Semester 2

20 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Patrizia Lavizani

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2013/14

Pre-requisite qualifications

FLTU level 0 or equivalent in this language.

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1613Elementary Italian 20cr Sem1&2

This module is approved as an Elective

This module is approved as a Skills Elective

Module summary

This module is for students who already have a basic knowledge of the language and wish to take their Italian to the next level. The emphasis is on achieving a practical level of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while developing greater confidence and accuracy when using the language in a limited range of situations. The module also aims to stimulate students' interest in Italy and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Italian society and some of the major cultural and linguistic differences.


With their beginners' competence in Italian, students taking this module should be able to build on their existing knowledge of the language and develop and extend their ability to communicate and function in Italian.

They should also further develop their understanding of Italian culture and know how to avoid major social, cultural and linguistic faux pas when speaking Italian and/or when in Italy.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of commonly used instructions, commands and expressions in the topics covered;
- read short texts in Italian;
- extract accurately the key information from audio and/or video material;
- handle short conversations in a familiar context;
- understand, and make themselves understood by, a sympathetic native speaker in specific contexts;
- demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of Italian and English;
- produce short pieces of independent writing in Italian;
- demonstrate their knowledge of key areas of grammar.


1. Describing the characteristics of a person, place or thing
2. Giving opinions, making comparisons and asking preferences
3. Talking about routines, habits and interests
4. Understanding and giving common instructions and commands
5. Health and illnesses
6. Changes and developments regarding places and people
7. Making a detailed self-introduction
8. Feelings and emotions
9. Arranging to meet, accepting and declining invitations
10. Making phone calls
11. Talking about problems and explaining solutions

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours156.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Guided independent study each week including homework, review of the lesson as well as preparation, practice and consolidation for the weekly classes, the portfolio and the final exam.

The portfolio provides a framework for independent learning, enabling students to take more control over what they need to focus on, make their own choice of materials and employ their preferred style of learning.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Weekly homework tasks
- Participation in class
- Mid-semester portfolio review
- Preparation for final exam

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio2 tasks for reading and 2 tasks for writing40.00
AssignmentSemester 2 core tasks in listening, reading and writing30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

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
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

Resit: require submission of a new portfolio in the first week of the resit period

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 03/06/2014


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