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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 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must not have any prior qualifications in or knowledge of Italian

This module is mutually exclusive with

ITAL1010Ital Language, Level 1

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is for students with little or no previous knowledge of Italian. The core textbook will take students rapidly to about A1-level standard of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Language classes will help develop a degree of accuracy, language competence and confidence in Italian at that level. The module also intends to excite students' interest in the cultures where Italian is spoken and to raise an initial awareness of the main linguistic differences between Italian and English.


This module aims to:

- Develop students’ language skills and competences in Italian up to about CEFR A1 level.

- Allow students to use Italian in a variety of contexts at CEFR Level A1 in Italian.

- Provide students with a range of opportunities to learn about the cultures where Italian is spoken.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

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. Acquire knowledge and develop 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. Develop an initial awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between Italian and English.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

6. Analyse texts and discourses

7. Articulate ideas in writing and orally

8. Exhibit bibliographic skills

9. Be open to alternative views

10. Be organised and work to deadlines


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback on weekly homework submission; 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 Homework25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

Normally the coursework resit will be assessed by the same methodology as the original attempt, unless otherwise stated.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins30.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins45.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

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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