LA1PI1-IWLP Italian 1

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LA1PI2 IWLP Italian 2 LA1PI8 Italian Fast Track LA1PI3 IWLP Italian 3 IT1L1 Beginners Italian Language IT1L2 Intermediate Italian Language IT1L3 Advanced Italian Language I IT2L2 Intermediate Italian Language IT2L4 Advanced Italian Language II IT3L6 Advanced Italian Language III
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Daniela Standen


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Italian language.

This module aims at enabling students to achieve a CEFR A1/A2 level within a defined range of topics.

This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Reading University allows students from any year to take this module. Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences. Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills. They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups.  Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking.  For queries, contact

The module aims at providing students with:

-the ability to communicate in Italian at a survival level
-a competence in basic Italian grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate at a
survival level
-an insight into aspects of society and everyday life in Italy

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students will be able to:

•communicate in Italian orally at a basic level about a selection of defined everyday topics;
•communicate in Italian in writing about a selection of defined everyday topics and within a defined range of genres;
•understand sympathetic native-speakers of Italian in the most frequently-occurring social functions;
•read simple written texts on familiar topics
•recognise and apply aspects of basic Italian grammar and structures when speaking and writing about familiar, everyday matters and in order to understand speakers and texts;
•possess and control a selection of basic Italian vocabulary in order to understand speakers and texts and communicate at a simple survival level.

Additional outcomes:
At the end of the module students will have:

-developed their ability to work in a team and to a deadline
-strengthened their communication skills
-identified aspects of society and every-day life in Italy
-deepened their intercultural awareness and sensitivity for a different culture
-developed their independent learning skills

Outline content:
The module will introduce the language and communicative situations of selected of areas of life relevant to visiting Italy: personal information, food, accommodation, travel, shopping, etc. A solid linguistic foundation will be ensured by the study of grammar and vocabulary, always presented in context in an accessible and engaging way.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 27 30 3
Guided independent study 53 60 27
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Class test administered by School 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Final Written exam (Reading and Writing) – 40% (2 hours)

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Autumn Term Week 10– Foundation Test 15% (45 minutes)

Spring Week 11 - In class test – Listening test = 15% (40 minutes)

Summer Week 2 - Oral exam = 30% (10 minutes)

Formative assessment methods:

In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

“The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with University policy:
• 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 (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:
Min. 40% overall for UG students, 50% overall for PGT students.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period on basis of examination only (relative percentages: oral examination 40%, written paper 60%.)

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: Textbook under review

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: 

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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