Italian Intermediate One (FLI2230)

StaffMrs Antonella Freschi - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLI1130 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who either already have or may quickly regain a level of proficiency in Italian broadly equivalent to that of GCSE Grade A-B (or equivalent). This module is between A2 Basic User and B1 Independent User of the Common European Framework and aims to:

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc in 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 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: Main Grammar: 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;;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; Past conditional. Main Topics: Exchanging information about daily activities, Talking about past events, 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 and teaching activities66Language classes
Guided Independent Study234Consolidate 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 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 Test2045 Minutes2, 7Written Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
Oral Test 308-9 minutes1, 3-7Written Feedback Sheet
Written exam502 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
In-Class Listening TestSee Written Exam2, 7Referral/deferral period
Oral TestOral Test1, 3-7Referral/deferral period
Written ExamWritten Exam1-5, 7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 30%, Written Examination = 70%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Merlonghi, F.; Merlonghi, F.; Tursi, J.; O'Connor, B.;  Oggi In Italia, Enhanced, 9th Edition, Cengage (2016), ISBN: 978-128-587-440-1

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

Recommended materials:

Dictionary: Collins Concise Italian Dictionary or BBC English-Italian/Italian-English Dictionary

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date

February 2018

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Italian Intermediate One