IT3HL-History of the Italian Language

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: IT2L2 Intermediate Italian Language or IT2L3 Advanced Italian Language I or IT2L4 Advanced Italian Language II
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Federico Faloppa

Email: f.faloppa@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide students with an awareness of the origin and development of the Italian language from the 10th to the 21st century. It also aims to give students a strong awareness of the importance of socio-historical factors for the development and the standardisation of a “national” language.


Aims:
This module aims to provide students with an awareness of the origin and development of the Italian language from the 10th to the 21st century. It also aims to give students a strong awareness of the importance of socio-historical factors for the development and the standardisation of a “national” language.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module, students will have acquired:

-  a general knowledge of the history of the Italian language up to the 20th century

-  knowledge about the methodological issues relating to the description of contemporary Italian

-  a detailed knowledge of a selection of texts which are of crucial importance in relation to the history of the Italian language

-  the ability to carry out a linguistic analysis of a text.


Additional outcomes:

Students will be able to provide rigorous definitions of linguistic phenomena and to argue them orally and in writing. Students may also develop their IT skills by conducting Web searches for materials relevant to the module and by submitting word processed essays.


Outline content:

The course will go through the main events and phenomena that contributed to the making of the Italian language and will follow the issues debated in the so called Questione della lingua, from Dante’s De Vulgari Eloquentia to Pasolini’s and Calvino’s discussion on the new Italian.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be taught through a combination of formal lectures and one-hour long seminars for which students will carry out preparatory reading. Seminars will be delivered in a structured group discussion.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Guided independent study: 168 2
       
Total hours by term 0 198 2
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Project output other than dissertation 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Assessment in the ST a group work exercise (worth 40%) and a final 2-hour exam (worth 60%) of the final mark. The overall assessment mark will be subject to scrutiny by a second internal examiner and by the external examiner where relevant.


Formative assessment methods:

All students will be asked to contribute to class discussion and to the History of the Language blog in Wordpress.


Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. 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. (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

The Module Convener 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.


Assessment requirements for a pass:
40%

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole. Coursework for reassessment must be resubmitted on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, on the next working day thereafter.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 19 September 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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