Module LZI-1002:
Advanced Italian 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Silvia Bergamini

Overall aims and purpose

To enhance students' translation and reading comprehension skills through the study of texts varying in style and register. To enable students to produce more advanced pieces of writing in Italian To enhance students' advanced oral and aural skills through conversation exercises and selected audio-visual materials varying in tone and register. To enhance vocabulary acquisition and incorporate idiomatically complex expressions into oral and written work. To develop a more complex understanding of advanced grammatical structures and an ability to use such 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.

Course content

This module provides continuation from LZI-1001, and aims to enhance the written, oral and aural skills of advanced (post A-level) students of Italian. It comprises text-based classes in which students have the opportunity to enhance their translation and writing skills, as well as oral/aural classes, in which a range of advanced audio and visual aids are employed to stimulate group discussions and debates. Throughout the module, students also have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of more complex 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, as well as to improve comprehension of different Italian accents. 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.

Core Text: M. Balì e G. Rizzo, 'Nuovo Espresso 2', Alma Edizioni (Semester 1 & 2).

Assessment Criteria

good

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.

excellent

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

threshold

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

Learning outcomes

  1. Employ advanced grammatical structures in written and oral work.

  2. Engage with Italian language in spoken form (including different accents) understanding, reacting and responding to it in an interactive context.

  3. Demonstrate confidence in extracting and using information presented in Italian -language sources to answer questions in the target language.

  4. Understand and translate more challenging written texts varying in style and register.

  5. Apply new areas of vocabulary and more complex idiomatic expression to written and oral work.

  6. Explore and evaluate some of the key themes and debates dominating contemporary Italian culture.

  7. Produce accurate and idiomatically correct written Italian

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
AURAL Listening/video comprehension

An in-class test, which involves listening/watching an audio/video file, followed by written questions and a longer summary/response exercise.

25
ORAL Oral exam

Oral presentation in Italian(6 minutes), followed by Q&A, including discussion of the Self-Study Portfolio.

25
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 more complex grammatical structures.

50

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

Seminars - 4 hours per week for 11 weeks per semester

44
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: