IT3LMB-Italian Language for Management & Business

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: IT2L4 Advanced Italian Language II or IT2L2 Intermediate Italian Language or IT1L3 Advanced Italian Language I
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Micro placement
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Paola Nasti

Email: p.nasti@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to develop and expand on the language and knowledge which students have acquired after two years of undergraduate study and a Year Abroad (or equivalent). Students will be introduced to Italian business lexis and the principles of business practice and its socioeconomic context. They will develop their ability to understand and to use commercial Italian, and to recognise and to use the appropriate register in business Italian. They will reinforce their ability to summarise documents and to write business correspondence and reports in Italian, and they will be able to present in oral and written form syntheses and analysis of different types of information.

Aims:
This module aims to introduce students to the language of business in Italy.

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of Italian relating specifically to the area of business;
  • express themselves clearly, fluently and accurately about business matters in Italian ;
  • show a knowledge of the norms of business correspondence in Italian;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with the contemporary Italian business world.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage students to:

• express themselves clearly in writing in both English and Italian;
• develop their IT skills by using the internet as a source for material relating to the Italian business world;
• make good use of appropriate reference materials (dictionaries, grammars, etc.);
• increase their business awareness, particularly as regards the Italian situation;
• have acquired an awareness and some experience of business working practices and environments where Italian is used, and an acquaintance with current developments in the commercial and economic life of Italy.

Outline content:
The course will focus on introducing students to the language of the Italian business world. Classes will be devoted to increasing students' knowledge of the Italian business situation and its specific language and vocabulary. Students will undertake the writing of business correspondence, summaries, reading comprehensions, writing short essays and doing short oral presentations.

Micro Placement option

Following the 20-hour seminar/lecture series (in the Autumn Term), students can undertake a one/two-week placement within industry or the arts. These are usually unpaid placements, although this is not a prerequisite of the scheme. Students who choose this option will need to find placements on their own but will attend 1or 2 seminar(s) which will introduce them to the scheme and will guide their efforts.

Types of placements:

1. Observation placements. The student might carry out duties within the workplace (so similar in this regard to a work experience placement), but will also be observing an aspect of Italian business communication and/or language and using research, questionnaires and interviews to investigate this.
2. Shadowing placements. A student would shadow one person and consider the various types and registers of business Italian being used, and analyse how effectively they are employed in differing situations.
3. Active placements in a business setting. In this type of placement, a student analyses his or her own communication skills and the ways in which they are adapted to suit a new setting.
3. A discrete project. A student negotiates with a placement provider to carry out a function which is of benefit to the organisation, and allows the student to report on the communication issues involved in the project.
It is vital to the success of this scheme that students are very clear about the fact that these are not a work experience placements. What students do on placement is only of interest in as much as it feeds into their Fieldwork Report, which will focus on an issue which is of relevance to the module and their own classroom learning (in this case, elements of business Italian).
Students will produce a Fieldwork report. In it students will not simply report on the activities of the placement, but will be required to produce an analytical report on the issues being explored during the placement.

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
Practicals classes and workshops 15 15 2
Guided independent study 84 84
       
Total hours by term 99.00 99.00 2.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Project output other than dissertation 20
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework
Students will produce a project (20% of final mark) and take a class test (10% of final mark)

Examination
Oral presentation (10%)
Three-hour written paper (60%)

Micro placement option:

For the students opting for the micro placement the three-hour written examination (60%) will be replaced by a 2,000-word Fieldwork Report (60% of the final mark)

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback will be given on homework tasks and assignments and there will be opportunities for class-based discussions.

Penalties for late submission:

The Department will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
Students are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. Students are also advised to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

    Length of examination:
    3 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Written examination only in August in the event of failure in this module and in Finals as a whole.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 24 April 2017

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