IT2L3-Advanced Italian Language I

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: IT1L1 Beginners Italian Language
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Enza Siciliano Verruccio


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is aimed at students who in Part 1 have successfully completed IT1L2 Intermediate Italian Language and build on the work done in that module. 

Students who successfully complete this module will have achieved a level of competence in Italian comparable to level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.


This module aims to develop students' linguistic ability by building on their work in IT1L2 Intermediate Italian Language. The course is structured so as to offer students opportunities to consolidate their knowledge of Italian grammar and syntax, broaden the registers of their spoken and written language, and extend their reading abilities.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

• demonstrate a good understanding and appropriate use of Italian grammar and syntax;

• demonstrate an understanding of both written and spoken Italian, in different registers and styles;

• express themselves clearly and fluently in both written and spoken Italian in both formal and informal situations;

• show familiarity with an appropriate range of Italian vocabulary and an ability to use it.


Additional outcomes:

This modules aims to enable students to

• actively reflect on their learning processes and preferences so as to independently develop appropriate strategies and relevant skills to ensure linguistic progression;

• make good use of appropriate reference materials (e.g. dictionaries; online resources; self-study tools, etc.)

• develop an awareness of current issues in French-speaking countries/in German-speaking countries/ in Italy/ in Spanish-speaking countries through the use of contemporary material.

• plan, manage and deliver work in a team;

Outline content:

The course will focus on a variety of language exercises that will introduce students to the exploration and production of written and oral texts representing a range of genres and registers. 

Classes will provide students with regular practice in free and guided writing in Italian, and in presenting and discussing in the foreign language. Classes will also offer the opportunity for students to explicitly analyse grammatical and syntactical features in Italian.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will use a variety of strategies for teaching and learning, involving a mixture of group-work, class discussion and analysis, and independent work between sessions. Students will complete regular exercises as homework and will also do a variety of exercises in class.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30 30 4
Guided independent study 68 68
Total hours by term 98.00 98.00 4.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Students will take a two-hour written examination, worth 50% of the final mark for the module, and an oral exam, worth 20% of the final mark for this module.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


Students will complete continuous assessment work worth 30% of the module mark over two terms. This will include class tests and/or coursework projects.


Formative assessment methods:

Feedback will be given on assignments and there will be opportunity for class-based discussion.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment, which will be via a 2-hour written exam, in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in Part 1 as a whole, or (for compulsory modules only) of failure to qualify in Part 1. Continuous assessment and/or coursework will  be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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