Italian Beginners (FLI1130)

StaffMs Rossella Bongi -
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is intended for students who have little or no previous knowledge of Italian and offers an introduction to Italian language and culture. This module is broadly equivalent to A1 / A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend simple written and aural texts and extract specific, predictable information related to every-day situations
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a variety of general topics requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, both orally and in writing

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with guidance from the tutor
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Communicate at a basic level in the target language
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar / topics: Grammar Nouns (masc/fem), Formal/informal registers, to be/to have, Nouns (sing/pl)/definite/indefinite articles/adjectives, Present indicative regular verbs/negative form/piacere, Adverbs of time, Present indicative irregular and reflexive verbs, Possessive adjectives/agreement with noun, Prepositions/prepositions + det. Article, C'è/ci sono/more irregular verbs, Preposition of place, Ci vuole/ci vogliono/modal verbs, Partitive/impersonal/more preposition + det. Article, Voglio vs vorrei, Stare+gerund, Passato prossimo with avere of regular verbs, Practice passato prossimo Passato prossimo with essere/reflexives/piacere, Comparatives/ bene/ meglio, Future tense Main Topics Greetings/introducing oneself/giving and asking for personal information, Ordering drinks and snacks, Talking about work, Telling and asking the time, Daily routine, Talking about family/describing people, Talking about home, Booking into a hotel, Finding a place/asking and giving directions, Means of transport, Shopping for food, Booking into a restaurant, Shopping for clothes, Talking about events, Events in the past, Talking about health problems, Talking about holidays/future plans/weather Main Vocabulary  Alphabet/pronunciation/spelling, Greetings/countries and nationalities/numbers  Food/drinks, Jobs/personal preferences, Time/parts of the day and meals/days of the week/months of the year, Habits/daily activities, Family/appearance/personality,Rooms/furniture  Accommodation/making a call/writing an email, describing position of places/directions  Enquiring about public transport, Food/weights and measures, Position of table/table dressing/complaints, Clothes/shoes/accessories/sizes, Daily routine/leisure activities  Biographies, Health problems and remedies/the chemist, Holidays/weather

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities88Language classes
Guided independent study212Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Italian. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-5, 7Written and oral
1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled 1.5 hours1-5,7Written Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Listening Test 2030 minutes 2, 7Written Feedback Sheet
Oral Test 307/8-minute class 1, 3-7Written Feedback Sheet
Written Examination 502 hours1-5, 7Written Feedback (upon request)

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Listening testSee written exam2,7 Referral/deferral period
Oral TestOral test1, ,3-7 Referral/deferral period
Written examWritten exam1-5, 7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 30%,  Written Examination = 70%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

M. Freeth, G. Checketts:  Contatti 1 Italian Beginner's Course, Coursebook, Third Edition, Hodder Education     ISBN 978-1-444-13314-1

Recommended materials: Grammar: Essential Italian Grammar in Practice - Book (English edition) Dictionary: Collins Concise Italian Dictionary or BBC English-Italian/Italian-English Dictionary.

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