IT3L6-Advanced Italian Language III

Module Provider: Languages and Cultures
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: ML2YL5 Year Abroad Language
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: IT3L3 Advanced Italian Language I and IT3L4 Advanced Italian Language II and IT3L6C Advanced Italian Language III (3-yr programme)
Current from: 2022/3

Module Convenor: Dr Chiara Ciarlo

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is aimed at students who have spent a period of residence abroad and completed the ML2YL5 Year Abroad Language. Students who successfully complete this module will have achieved a level of linguistic competence and proficiency comparable to level C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). 


This course aims to build on students' previous knowledge of Italian, further advancing their skills in both written and spoken Italian, and in translating from and into Italian. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • demonstrate a sound grasp of the grammatical forms and syntactical structures of the Italian language;

  • demonstrate a knowledge of a wide range of Italian lexis and idioms; write in Italian at an advanced level on topics of general and current interest;

  • demonstrate a knowledge of a wide range of Italian lexis and idioms;

  • write in Italian at anadvanced level on topics of general and current interest;

  • demonstrate the ability to deliver oral presentations and sustain a discussion in Italian on topics of academic relevance.

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

  • show an awareness of the techniques involved in translating from one language to another;

  • translate a range of written texts accurately and fluently at a sophisticated and advanced level both from English into Italian and Italian into English.

Additional outcomes:

This module aims to enable students to:

  • actively reflect on their learning processes so as to independently strengthen 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.)

  • further practise and expand reading, analytical and interpretative skills in relation to written Italian;

  • consolidate their awareness of current issues in Italy.

Outline content:

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

Weekly two-hour classes will provide students with regular practice in free and guided writing, and in presenting, discussing and debating in the foreign language. Classes will also offer the opportunity for students to explicitly analyse grammatical and syntactical featuresin Italian.

An extra weekly on-hour class gives students the opportunity to focus on a variety of exercises in translating from and into 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
Seminars 28 28 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 27 25 4
    Advance preparation for classes 15 15 4
    Preparation for seminars 10 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 2 2
    Revision and preparation 2 2
    Group study tasks 10 12
Total hours by term 94 94 12
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Practical skills assessment 75

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will take an oral exam worth 25% of the final mark for this module. 

Progression of language practical skills and competence will be assessed over three terms through class tests and/or coursework projects. Students’ continuous assessment work is worth 75% of the module mark.? 

Students should normally expect to complete tests for this module in person.

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback will be given on assignments and there will be opportunity for class-based discussion.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres 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 (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 test, in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole. Continuous assessment and/or coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

  1. Required text books: Information provided in the module reading list.

  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: 22 September 2022


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