FLI3430 - Italian Advanced One

2020/1 Module description

StaffMrs Antonella Freschi - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLI2330: Italian Intermediate Two or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

Italian Advanced 1 is intended for those who have successfully completed FLI2330 Italian Intermediate 2 or who have a level broadly of A level (Grade A*-B) or equivalent. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of Italian, in a communicative context. The module is taught in Italian.

Module aims

The module is appropriate for those 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 you with the linguistic tools to enable you 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 your 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. Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following grammar/topics:

Main grammar

  • Grammatical terms
  • Use and omission of definite and indefinite articles
  • Subjunctive (present, perfect, imperfect and pluperfect)
  • Conditional and conditional perfect tenses
  • Future perfect tense
  • Comparison
  • Passive and 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

Additional material for 30 credits:

Structured conversations on the following topics:

  • Discussing music and literature
  • Going to the cinema
  • Reading the papers
  • Using the senses
  • Tastes and aromas
  • A journey through Italian traditions
  • At the university
  • The year abroad

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
662340

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidation of class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Italian

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking.Variable1-7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
502525

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral Exam2511-12 minutes1, 3-7Written and oral
Written Exam25Take-home exam 1-7Written and oral
Portfolio50Variable 1-7Written and oral

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral ExamOral Exam1, 3-7Referral/Deferral period
Written ExamWritten exam1-7Referral/Deferral period
PortfolioPortfolio1-7Referral/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. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark 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

Main course book:

  • T.Marin, S.Magnelli: Nuovo Progetto Italiano 3, Edilingua.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=11277 

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

March 2013

Last revision date

29/07/2020

Key words search

Italian, Advanced, Advanced One

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