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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ITAL1030 Beginners Italian (A1 of the CEFR)

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Simone Lomartire

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

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

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1601Beginners Italian 20cr Sem1
FLTU1602Beginners Italian
FLTU1603Beginners Italian 20cr Sem1&2
FLTU1605Beginners Italian
FLTU1609Beginners Italian 10 credits Semester 2

Module replaces

ITAL1030: Beginners Italian 1

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 the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), in the understanding and use of written and spoken Italian. Teaching is by four one-hour language classes each week, whose aim is to develop a degree of accuracy, general and communicative language competences in Italian, at CEFR Level A1. The textbook in use (see reading list for details) is linked to the CEFR and will support in-class activities which intend to help students practise receptive, productive, and interactive skills in Italian. 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 (LfA).


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 a degree of accuracy, general and communicative language competences 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 in Italian.
2. Understand basic Italian 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 Italian, 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 everyday topics and their corresponding vocabulary, with an emphasis on increasing students’ knowledge of the cultures of the Italian-speaking world and students’ intercultural competence.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class401.0040.00
Independent online learning hours5.00
Private study hours155.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

• Independent online learning: self-study tasks on the VLE and the Language Zone (5 hours)
• Private study: review of the lesson, attendance to drop-in sessions, and preparation for the weekly classes (50 hours); guided and independent study (40 hours); assessed work write-up (45 hours); exam preparation (20 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback on first weekly homework submission; feedback on guided independent study (e.g. during drop-in sessions); feedback on activities which need preparing before class; feedback on in-class performance (e.g. after written exercises, speaking activities, and pop quizzes which are constructively aligned against the summative assessment).

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 assessment48 hr 00 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: 25/03/2024


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