Italian Language (MLI2051)

StaffMrs Alice Farris - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesMLI1052 (or equivalent)
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module 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  materials from other sources, for example:

  • Unità 1- Ti ricordi (Grammatica: differenza tra passato prossimo e imperfetto; pronomi realtivi che e cui)
  • Lezione 1: Introduzione al corso. Ripasso differenza passato prossimo/ imperfetto: es 1 p.10; ripasso regola (es 2 e 3 p.11); ascolto 5 p.12; sapere e conoscere all’imperfetto: es 6 p.12.
  • Compiti per lezione 2: Ripassare regola pronomi relativi. Lettura 8 p.13
  • Lezione 2: Correzione compiti. Ripasso regola pronomi relativi. Es 10 p.14. (workbook es 8, 9 10 p.7) Compiti per lezione 1 week 2: lettura 13 p.16
  • Lezione Orale: Incontri: Lezione introduttiva e breve ripasso di passato prossimo e imperfetto.
  • "Cosa hai fatto quest'estate?" 
  • "Cosa facevi di solito d’estate quando eri bambino?"
  • Farcela e andarsene spiegazione regola con listening 15 p.17 e es.16 e 17 p.18
  • Visione videocorso p.22

Three classes a week, two concentrating on grammar, comprehension, translation and writing in Italian; one 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 teaching44Language classes
Scheduled learning and teaching22Oral classes
Guided independent study234Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
6 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking, translation.Variable1-10Written 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
Portfolio 50As described on the ELE page1-10Written and oral
Oral Exam2515 minutes5, 9-10Written and oral
Written Exam251 hour1-4, 6-7, 9Written and oral

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-5, 6-10Referral/Deferral period
Oral ExamOral Exam5, 9-10Referral/Deferral period
Written ExamWritten Exam1-4, 6-7, 9Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Nuovisimo Progetto Italiano 2- libro dello studente, Edilingua, ISBN 978-88-99358-75-4


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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