Italian Beginners Fast Track (FLI2130)

StaffMs Rossella Bongi - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
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 and B1 Independent User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:
• Provide students with a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of the target language thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations across the four key language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
• Enable participants to give and understand information and to achieve a confident elementary level of communicative competence in everyday situations
• Provide an introduction to the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language
• Students who successfully complete this module would progress directly to Italian Intermediate 2 (FLI2315 / 2330)

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters.

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. Make a presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in his/her field and hold a conversation in the target language which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgements
  • 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 course 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:



Nouns (masculine & feminine), Formal/informal registers, to be/to have, Nouns (singular & plural) /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'é/ci sono, 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/è bene/è meglio, Future tense, Revision of present indicative of regular, irregular and reflexive verbs, Revision of passato prossimo, Imperfect indicative, Imperfect vs perfect/direct/indirect pronouns, Comparatives/superlatives, Imperative/definite pronouns, Present conditional of regular verbs, Present conditional of irregular verbs/modals, Structures requiring the infinitive, Verbs such as andarsene/provarci, Present subjunctive, Expressions requiring subjunctive/when not to use it,


Main Topics:

Alphabet/pronunciation/spelling, Greetings/introducing oneself/giving and asking for personal information, Time/parts of the day and meals/days of the week/months of the year, 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 & clothes, Ordering in a restaurant, Talking about events in the past, Talking about health problems, Talking about holidays/future plans/weather, Exchanging information about daily activities, Cinema/the press/TV, The body/fitness and health, Buying a house, The environment, Free time/entertaining activities, The arts, Italian society, Work, Multicultural society.

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 & Teaching activities88Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities
Guided independent study212Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in French. 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, 7Writtena and oral
1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)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
In-Class Listening Task2045 Minutes2Written Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
Oral Test308-9 minutes1, 3-7Written Feedback Sheet
Written Examination (organised centrally)502 Hours examination1-5, 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
In-Class Listening TaskSee Written Exam2, 7Refer/Defer period
Oral TestOral Test1,3-7Refer/Defer period
Written ExaminationWritten Exam1-5, 7Refer/Defer period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 30%, Written Examination = 70%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Main course book:

Carole Shepherd & Derek Aust, Amici, Students' Book, OUP Oxford (10 Jun 2004)


Grammar: Mezzadri, Essential Italian Grammar in Practice - Book (English edition), August 2001

Recommended materials:

A suitable bilingual dictionary, e.g. Collins Italian Dictionary.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Available as distance learning?


Origin date

February 2012

Last revision date


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