MLI2001 - Italian Language, Written and Oral

2013/4 Module description

Staff - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesMLI1001 (or equivalent)
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

The module is designed for students who follow the Year 1 module MLI 1001 the previous year or equivalent. It will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their language skills through listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students will revise uses of advanced Italian linguistic structures while continuing expanding on the knowledge of vocabulary. Particular emphasis will be given in preparing students for their year abroad: looking for accommodation in Italy, the Italian university system, creating curriculum vitae as well as job interview techniques.

Module aims

This language module is primarily for language students who have taken MLI1001 in year 1. It aims to consolidate the skills acquired during the previous year, and to improve and extend students' command of modern Italian, written and spoken. Emphasis will be on the consolidation and expansion of the Italian language through grammar, reading comprehension, translation into Italian and composition. Translation from Italian to English will explore different registers of language and prepare students to handle these in a competent and professional way.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Apply a knowledge of a broad range of grammatical features of Italian to a variety of
  • 2. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources from English into Italian, and
  • 3. Deal competently with demanding comprehension passages
  • 4. Develop an argument in written Italian.
  • 5. Give a short oral presentation in Italian on a defined topic to a small group of listeners and

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Understand styles and registers of written and spoken Italian
  • 7. Understand and use in class discussion a broad range of linguistic terms, to identify and
  • 8. Use a bilingual or Learners' monolingual dictionary to glean information about meaning,

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

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
Translations, compositions, and comprehension work throughout the yearn/a1-4, 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
Oral exam2515 minutes5, 9, 10Written and verbal
Written exam at the end of term 1251 hour1-4, 6, 7Written
Written exam during term 3502 Hour1-4, 6, 7Written and verbal

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral examOral exam5, 9, 10Referral/deferral period
Written examWritten exam1-4, 6, 7Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Magari (class book and exercise book) Alma Edizioni, ISBN 9788861822573

Recommended Texts:
Da Capo, Lazzarino and Monneti (Heinle, 2006)
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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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Foreign Language Centre; materials recommended in library

Available as distance learning?


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Key words search

italian language

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