Run by School of Arts, Culture and Language
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Mr Ruben Chapela-Orri
Overall aims and purpose
- To introduce students to the basic structures of the language.
- To enable students to develop basic oral skills.
This module runs during the first semester and is aimed at absolute beginners. The course is based on a communicative approach and helps students to develop all the key language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. After each of the contact hours, students are expected to spend at least 30 minutes of self-study to revise and consolidate what they have learned in class.
The textbook for this course is Foundations Italian 1, Palgrave Foundations Series Languages (3rd edn), by Mara Benetti, Carmela Murtas, Caterine Varchetta and Roberto Di Napoli (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) (ISBN 978-1-137-57921-8). By the end of this course students will reach level A1 Breakthrough as defined by the Common European Framework, Language Assessment Scales(1).
(1) Level One: Competent in a limited range of predictable and simple language tasks, using mainly set expressions and simple combinations of these. Capable of some rehearsed grammatical manipulations. This applies to all the 4 language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing.
40-49%: For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and an ability to implement them in specific situations at a basic level.
50-69%: For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and an ability to implement them in specific situations.
70+%: For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and an ability to implement them confidently in specific situations.
An understanding of the following topics and functions - Talking about oneself and others: family; daily routine; preferences; likes/dislikes; hobbies and free time - Asking and answering questions about jobs - Ordering food and drinks - Booking into a hotel room - Counting up to 100 - Colours - Days of the week/ parts of the day
Un understanding of the following grammar - Nouns - Adjectives (including possessive adjectives) - Subject pronouns - Definite and indefinite articles - Adverbs of frequency - Some common prepositions - The present tense of all regular verbs and some irregular ones (e.g.: essere; avere; andare; fare; uscire; preferire) - Reflexive verbs (present tense)
Teaching and Learning Strategy
10 seminars x 2 contact hours per week.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- 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