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Module LZI-1002:
Intermediate Italian II

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Silvia Bergamini

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To consolidate and expand on students' knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to introduce students to a variety of registers.
  2. To develop oral and aural skills through exposure to a wide range of audio-visual material.
  3. To enable students to translate texts from and into Italian and to produce more advanced pieces of writing in Italian, such as short essays.

Students on this module will be working towards achieving B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Course content

This second semester course intends to keep consolidating and expanding the students' knowledge of grammar and vocabulary through exposure to a variety of texts, ranging from newspaper articles to literary extracts, differing in register and style (to include very colloquial and very formal examples). Oral and Aural skills will also be emphasised through special classes in which students watch/listen to extracts from films/TV or radio programmes and are encouraged to discuss and analyse their contents.

Core Text: Contatto 2A, Livello Intermedio, Rosella Bozzone Costa, Chiara Ghezzi, Monica Piantoni. Loescher Editore


Any other learning resources: Writing classes dossier; Self-study portfolio; Lingu exercises.

Assessment Criteria


50-69%: Good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary resulting in a good ability to communicate orally or in writing.


70+%: Excellent knowledge of grammar and vocabulary resulting in an excellent ability to communicate orally or in writing.


40-49%: Limited knowledge of grammar and vocabulary resulting in a limited ability to communicate orally or in writing.

Learning outcomes

  1. Listening: obtain information, opinions and ideas from a range of more complex spoken registers; understand more complex information in both formal and informal registers in the TL.

  2. Speaking: discuss advanced topics of general and current interest;

  3. Reading: understand a range of styles and registers in order to obtain information, ideas and opinions from a variety of more advanced texts.

  4. Writing: express themselves accurately in the TL in a wider variety of text types including essays, summaries, letters, etc.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Vidoe comprehension 16.66
Translation into Italian 16.67
Oral exam 50
Book/Film Review 16.66

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Seminars - 4 hours per week for 11 weeks per semester

Private study 156

Transferable skills

  • 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

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: