MLI2001 - Italian Language, Written and Oral

2018/9 Module description

StaffProfessor Luciano Parisi -
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesMLI1001 'Italian Language' (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 you with the opportunity to enhance your language skills through listening, reading, writing and speaking. You will revise uses of advanced Italian linguistic structures while continuing expanding on the knowledge of vocabulary. Particular emphasis will be given in preparing you for your 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 your 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 linguistic tasks
  • 2. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources from English into Italian
  • 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 engage in discussion on the topic presented

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 develop strategies to improve linguistic accuracy
  • 8. Use a bilingual or Learners' monolingual dictionary to glean information about meaning, usage and register

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 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
10 formative tasks (translations, compositions, and comprehension work)Variable1-4, 6-8Written and oral feedback

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
Translation examination201 hour1-4, 6-7Written feedback
Oral2015 minutes5, 9-10Written and oral feedback
Written examination402 hours1-4, 6-7Written feedback
Listening comprehension 201 hour1, 6, 9Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Translation examinationWritten examination1-4, 6-7Referral/Deferral period
OralOral5, 9-10Referral/Deferral period
Written examinationWritten examination1-4, 6-7Referral/Deferral period
Listening comprehension Listening comprehension 1, 6, 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. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Nuovo Contatto C1 (class book) Loescher Editore, ISBN 9788858303122

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 - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Foreign Language Centre; materials recommended in library

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