Advanced Italian 1
Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Silvia Bergamini
Overall aims and purpose
To develop students' translation and reading comprehension skills through the study of texts varying in style and register. To enable students to produce competent pieces of writing in Italian. To develop students' oral and aural skills through conversation exercises and selected audio-visual materials varying in tone and register. To develop vocabulary acquisition and incorporate key expressions into oral and written work. To develop a more complex understanding of key grammatical structures and an ability to use grammatical constructions in written and oral expression. To discuss and defend arguments and ideas in group and one-to-one discussions. To understand key aspects informing contemporary Italian identities. Students on this module will be working towards achieving B1+/B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
This module enables post A-level students to develop written and oral communicative skills in Italian by extending linguistic competence acquired at A-level. It comprises text-based classes in which students have the opportunity to develop translation and writing skills, as well as oral/aural classes, in which a range of audio and visual aids are employed to stimulate group discussions and debates. Throughout the module, students also have the opportunity to revise and consolidate key areas of grammar. The texts and materials used in this module are chosen from a range of sources including the set textbook, as well as the media and literary works in order to familiarise students with variations in tone and register. Through these materials, students will also gain an insight into particular Italian themes and issues that relate to contemporary life and society in the Italian-speaking world. Learning outside of the classroom is supported through a co-curricular Self-Study Portfolio.
M. Balì e G. Rizzo. 'Nuovo Espresso 2', Alma Edizioni. (Semester 1 & 2).
40-49%: Limited knowledge of Italian grammar and vocabulary resulting in a limited ability to communicate in writing or translate from Italian-English and Italian-English. Basic understanding of aural and written material in Italian. Basic grasp of Italian pronunciation and limited ability to converse freely in Italian and respond to spoken material. Limited ability to present and defend opinions in written and oral Italian.
50-69%: Good knowledge of Italian grammar and vocabulary resulting in a good ability to communicate in writing or translate from Italian-English and English-Italian. Good understanding of aural and written material in Italian. Good grasp of Italian pronunciation and some ability to converse freely in Italian and respond to spoken material. Ability to present and defend opinions in written and oral Italian
70+%: Excellent knowledge of Italian grammar and vocabulary resulting in an excellent ability to communicate in writing or translate from Italian-English and English-Italian Excellent understanding of aural and written material in Italian. Excellent grasp of Italian pronunciation and clear ability to converse freely in Italian and respond to spoken material. Clear ability to present and defend opinions in written and oral Italian.
Engage with Italian language in spoken form, understanding, reacting and responding to it in an interactive context.
Apply new areas of vocabulary to written and oral work.
Produce accurate and idiomatically correct written Italian.
Employ key grammatical structures in written and oral work.
Understand and translate written texts varying in style and register.
Demonstrate an ability to extract and use information presented in Italian-language sources to answer questions in the target language.
Explore and evaluate some of the key themes and debates dominating contemporary Italian culture.
|COURSEWORK||Creative Writing Exercise||
An extended piece of writing in Italian(ca. 500 words), which responds to a given text (e.g. an opinion piece, a letter, a piece of creative writing).
|EXAM||Written exam (2 hours)||
2 hour exam structured in two parts: 1) Italian-English translation (ca. 200-250 words). 2) Translation of a set of 10 English sentences into Italian, designed to test grammatical structures.
A one-to-one oral discussion of one of a selection of video/audio files (which will be seen/heard in advance), followed by Q&A on the Self-Study Portfolio
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Seminars - 4 hours per week for 11 weeks per semester
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
- LZI-2040: Italian Language 1
- LZI-2032: 3 Lang Project (3 major)
- LXI-2010: Making of the Italian Nation
- LZI-1002: Advanced Italian 2
- LZI-2020: Italian Language 1 (3 Major)
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- NR43: BA Accounting/Italian year 1 (BA/AIT)
- NR33: BA Banking/Italian year 1 (BA/BIT)
- N1R3: BA Business Studies with Italian year 1 (BA/BSIT)
- NR1H: BA Business Studies and Italian year 1 (BA/BUSSI)
- T112: BA Chinese & French with Italian year 1 (BA/CHFI)
- T115: BA Chinese & German with Italian year 1 (BA/CHGI)
- T117: BA Chinese & Italian with French year 1 (BA/CHIF)
- T118: BA Chinese & Italian with German year 1 (BA/CHIG)
- T119: BA Chinese & Italian with Spanish year 1 (BA/CHIS)
- T106: BA Chinese and Italian year 1 (BA/CHIT)
- T122: BA Chinese & Spanish with Italian year 1 (BA/CHSI)
- MR95: BA Criminology&Criml Just/Italian year 1 (BA/CRIT)
- WR93: BA Italian and Creative Studies year 1 (BA/CSTITAL)
- LR13: BA Economics/Italian year 1 (BA/ECIT)
- 09V3: BA English Literature and Italian year 1 (BA/ELI)
- QR3H: BA English Language and Italian year 1 (BA/ELIT)
- R901: BA French & German with Italian year 1 (BA/FGI4)
- R916: BA French, German & Italian year 1 (BA/FGI4#)
- RR13: BA French/Italian(4 years) year 1 (BA/FI)
- R1R3: BA French with Italian year 1 (BA/FI4)
- R918: BA French & Italian with German year 1 (BA/FIG4)
- R919: BA French & Italian with Spanish year 1 (BA/FIS4)
- R917: BA French, Italian & Spanish year 1 (BA/FIS4#)
- P0R3: BA Film Studies and Italian year 1 (BA/FSI)
- RR23: BA German/Italian year 1 (BA/GI)
- R2R3: BA German with Italian year 1 (BA/GI4)
- R921: BA German & Italian with French year 1 (BA/GIF4)
- R925: BA German, Italian & Spanish year 1 (BA/GIS4#)
- RV31: BA History/Italian year 1 (BA/HIT)
- R926: BA Italian & Spanish with French year 1 (BA/ISF4)
- QR53: BA Italian/Cymraeg year 1 (BA/ITCY)
- QR13: BA Italian/Linguistics year 1 (BA/ITL)
- N5R3: BA Marketing with Italian year 1 (BA/MKITAL)
- NR53: BA Marketing and Italian (4 year) year 1 (BA/MKTITAL)
- P3R3: BA Media Studies with Italian year 1 (BA/MSIT)
- WR33: BA Music/Italian year 1 (BA/MUIT)
- VVR3: BA Philosophy and Religion and Italian year 1 (BA/PRI)
- RR43: BA Spanish/Italian year 1 (BA/SI)
- R4R3: BA Spanish with Italian year 1 (BA/SPI)
- M118: LLB Law with Italian (European Experience) year 1 (LLB/LITE)
Optional in courses:
- M100: LLB Law year 1 (LLB/L)
- M11B: LLB Law (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 1 (LLB/L1)
- M102: LLB Law (International Experience) year 1 (LLB/LI)