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Module LZI-1004:
Italian for Beginners 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 enhance students' basic understanding of the Italian language, and to develop a more complex understanding of grammatical structures.
  2. To enable students to translate short texts into English and produce more advanced pieces of writing in Italian , such as short essays and letters.
  3. To enable students to develop intermediate oral skills, and become confident with Italian phonology.
  4. To enable students to read and understand intermediate texts in Italian and to enhance their vocabulary acquisition.
  5. To enable students to understand and respond to more complex spoken information in French in both formal and informal registers.

Students on this module will be working towards achieving B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Course content

This module is aimed at all first year students who have completed Italian for Beginners 1. The module aims to develop the basic oral, aural and written communicative skills acquired in semester 1 in order to bring students up to and beyond a level of proficiency equivalent to 'A' level. Students apply the grammatical principles learned in semester 1 to extended pieces of writing and also focus on more complex grammatical structures. Aural communicative skills are developed through audio and video tape comprehension exercises and students are required to make individual presentations on more sophisticated topics.

Key Texts (Same as LZI-1003 in Semester 1)

New Italian Espresso, Alma Edizioni, Textbook + DVD, (2014). New Italian Espresso, Workbook (2014)


Any other learning resources: Lingu exercises

Assessment Criteria


70+%: An excellent knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and a limited ability to translate and paraphrase the prescribed range of texts. Excellent oral and aural competence.


40-49%: A limited knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and a limited ability to translate and paraphrase the prescribed range of texts. Basic oral and aural competence.


50-69%: A good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and a good ability to translate and paraphrase the prescribed range of texts. Good oral and aural competence.

Learning outcomes

  1. Listening: obtain straightforward information and opinions expressed in both formal and informal registers; progress to being able to elicit information in both formal and informal registers in the TL ( = target language).

  2. Speaking: discuss topics of general interest in a straightforward manner, use formal and informal registers appropriately; progress to being able to discuss topics of broader current interest; give short presentations in the TL on topics of general interest.

  3. Writing: seek and provide straightforward information and opinions on everyday topics in the TL with a reasonable degree of accuracy in both formal and informal registers; write short letters.

  4. Reading: obtain information from a variety of straightforward written sources, including simple journalistic texts; progress to being able to obtain information form a wider variety of written texts.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Assignment 20
Test 20
Oral Exam 20
Written Exam 40

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Seminars - 4 hours per week for 11 weeks (3 classes on written skills, 1 on oral/aural skills).

Private study

Private study enables consolidation of vocabulary acquisition, grammatical structures as well as oral/aural techniques. On top of regular homework exercises, the Self-Study Portfolio provides a structured approach to private study.


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: