LA1PI2-IWLP Italian 2

Module Provider: Languages and Cultures
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: LA1PI1or equivalent
Modules excluded: 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: 2022/3

Module Convenor: Dr Chiara Cirillo

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is intended for students with some previous basic knowledge of the Italian language (A1 of the CEFR or equivalent),

This module aims at enabling students to achieve a CEFR A2.1/A2.2+ 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 in everyday situations about matters of most immediate personal relevance. 

  • a competence in basic Italian grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate at a basic level in everyday situations 

  • further insights into aspects of society and everyday life in Italy and in Italian-speaking communities 

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the module students will be able to: 

  • Communicate in Italian at a basic level about a selection of simple and predictable everyday topics; 

  • Understand native-speakers of Italian in frequently-occurring social functions and on topics related to areas of most immediate relevance; 

  • Read simple written texts on familiar, everyday matters, that consist mainly of high frequency everyday language; 

  • Write simple texts such as notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate need, or a letter describing personal habits and experiences; 

  • Recognise further aspects of basic Italian grammar and apply simple grammatical structures with increased confidence when speaking and writing about familiar, everyday matters; 

  • Possess and control a selection of basic Italian vocabulary in order to understand speakers and texts and communicate at a basic level in everyday situations;

  • Develop their intercultural competence;  

  • Develop their independent language learning skills.

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 

  • increased their ability to research a topic independently and to evaluate sources of information  

  • increased their ability to complete a project according to a brief  

  • stimulated their creativity 

Outline content:

The module will consolidate and develop the language and communicative situations of selected areas relevant to getting to know people and places in Italy. A solid linguistic foundation will continue to 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. Language focus sessions and guided independent learning activities play also an important part. Learning activities are supported by a variety of digital and printed media.  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 90 30
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Portfolio 30
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

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

The examination for this module will require a narrowly defined time window and is likely to be held in a dedicated exam venue.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Spring Week?11:?Multi-part?portfolio?30%? 

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. Additional feedback, with opportunity?for?self-reflection and feedforward is provided in week 11 of the Autumn term,?through tests and other tasks to be included in the Portfolio???

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
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: 22 September 2022


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