Italian Language (MLI2051)

StaffDr Francesco Goglia -
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesMLI1052 (or equivalent)
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This language module is intended primarily for second-year students who have taken MLI1052 in their first year. It builds directly on the foundation laid by the beginners' course and is designed to achieve a good standard of spoken and written Italian.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Apply a broad range of grammatical features of Italian to a variety of linguistic tasks.
  • 2. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources from English into Italian.
  • 3. Deal competently with intermediate comprehension passages.
  • 4. Write compositions in Italian
  • 5. Give a short oral presentation in Italian on a defined topic to a small group of listeners and to engage in discussion and debate on the topic presented.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Grasp grammatical and syntactical structures at an intermediate level; understanding of basic differences in style and register in written and spoken Italian.
  • 7. Understand and use in class discussion a range of linguistic terms, in order to identify and define strategies to improve linguistic accuracy.
  • 8. Use a bilingual dictionary to glean information about meaning, register, usage and grammatical forms.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Communicate competently in a foreign language.
  • 10. Express and discuss views in front of a group of listeners.

Syllabus plan

The syllabus plan will follow the textbook and be supplemented by additional translation work and
newspaper articles, for example:
Week 1: Incontri (Grammar points: passato prossimo; imperfect; pronouns)
Lesson 1: Ascolto: 2 & 3; Lettura: 5; 6 A casa: exs. 7, 9, 10
Lesson 2: Go over homework; 11; 12; 13 A casa: Caff culturale (perhaps follow up one of the exercises
to include in your Log)
Oral class: Exercises 1; 4; 14; 15
Additional exercises  see workbook

Three integrated classes weekly, two concentrating on grammar, comprehension, translation into
Italian, composition and summary in Italian; one integrated oral class to support and expand the
work done in the other two classes.

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
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22oral classes
Guided independent study234Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
10 formative tasks (Translations, compositions, and comprehension work Variable1-4, 6-8Written 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
Listening Comprehension201 hour1, 6, 9Written
Oral exam 2015 minutes5, 9, 10Written
Grammar and Translation exam 201 hour1-4, 6, 7Written and Oral
Written Exam 402 hour1-4, 6, 7Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written ExamWritten Exam1-4, 6, 7Referral/deferral period
OralOral5, 9, 10Referral/deferral period
Listening ComprehensioListening Comprehension 1, 6, 9Referral/deferral period
Grammar and Translation ExamGrammar and Translation Exam1-4, 6, 7Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Italian Espresso 2: Italian course for English Speakers textbook (Alma Edizioni, 2007) ISBN 978-88-
Italian Espresso 2: Italian course for English Speakers workbook (Alma Edizioni, 2007) ISBN 978-88-
In addition, you may wish to purchase: (ex-beginners are strongly recommended to do so)
Espresso 2: Esercizi supplementari (Alma Edizioni, 2005)
Recommended Texts:
Modern Italian Grammar: A Practical Guide, by Anna Proudfoot and Francesco Cardo (Routledge, latest
J Colaneri, V Luciani, 501 Italian Verbs (2nd edition) (Barron's)
Recommended dictionaries:
Collins Sansoni Italian Dictionary, ed. V. Macchi (Collins); Oxford-Paravia Italian Dictionary (Oxford UP);
Dizionario della lingua italiana, ed. G.Cusatelli (Garzanti)

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