Italian Advanced 1 (FLI3415)

StaffMrs Antonella Freschi -
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLI 2330 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who have an A-level (Grade A-B) in the foreign language or equivalent. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of the target language. This course is between B1+and B2 (as Exit level) - Independent User  of the Common European Framework for languages, and aims to:

review and consolidate the advanced structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations

further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level

build on knowledge of the socio-cultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints.
  • 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured written text on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate autonomy in language learning, with reduced direction from the teacher.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Work creatively and flexibly react and adapt to situations as appropriate
  • 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

Grammatical terms, use & omission of definite & indefinite articles, subjunctive (present, perfect, imperfect & pluperfect), conditional & conditional perfect tenses, future perfect tense, comparison, passive & impersonal forms, review of prepositions, using the gerund, verbs followed by infinitives, use of joined pronouns.

Main Topics

Introduction to the Italian State, Food and Drink, Italian Gastronomy, the culture of Food, Use of Technology and Social Media, The Press, Italian Television and Radio,Italian Cinema,Neorealism, The arts, Leisure Activities and Sport, La vita in movimento, Ferrari, sports and drugs, Sports and Women, Costume e Società, L’Italia che cambia, il Made in Italy

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class (between 3-5 hours per week) and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Italian

You will also be expected to complete the exercise book/workbook on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments etc. You will also receive formal feedback on the In-Class Test, including suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying your own strategies for improvement.

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 activities44Language Classes
Guided Independent Study106Preparation and Self-study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-7Written and Oral

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 Test251.5 hour test1-7Written
Oral Test258/9 mins.1, 3-4,6-7Written
Written Exam502 hours1-7Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In-class Test, Written ExamWritten Exam1-7Ref/Def Period
Oral TestOral Test1, 3-4, 6-7Ref/Def Period

Re-assessment notes

Written Exam 75%, Oral Test 25%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Main course book:

De Biasio, M; Garofalo, P.; Mosaico Italia; Edizioni Edilingua (2008)


Latino A.; Muscolino M.; Una grammatical italiana per tutti 2  Edizioni Edilingua


Ragazzini G.; Dizionario Italiano-Inglese Inglese-Italiano  Zanichelli (2006)

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


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Origin date

March 2013

Last revision date

February 2016

Key words search

Italian, Advanced One