Intensive Initial Italian 1

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 16 December 2022
23 March 2022


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Module description

Italian Intensive Initial 1 is an interactive, intensive language module for which blended-learning strategies are used to allow fast-paced progress, through the Italian language and the Italian-speaking world. The module offers a dual focus on communicative and structural aspects of the language. Language learning is supported by an online-guided independent study program and extended by multimedia activities.
The module is designed for students with none or little knowledge of Italian. The aim of the module, in correlation with Italian Intensive Initial 2 in the Spring Term, is to enable students to attain a level of Italian equivalent to an A2 level by completing it with a summer course in Italy, students will then reach an intermediate exit level B1 (equivalent to LA630); without attending the course in Italy the exit level will be elementary A2.
It is the compulsory path for those students with no knowledge of Italian who intend to take the study of the language to a Proficiency or Mastery level in their final year. This module can also be taken as an option.

Module aims

The main aim of Intensive Initial Italian 1 is to help students acquire the basic linguistic skills needed to cope with a visit to Italy. By the end of the term, students should also have acquired some general background knowledge of particular aspects of life and culture in the present-day Italy.

Module learning outcomes

Students will have the opportunity to practise and expand transferable skills such as intercultural awareness and language mediation skills, communication and presentation skills, independent learning, creative and analytical thinking, reflective skills, problem-solving, team-working, disciplined time-management, research skills and use of electronic media.

By the end of the module, students will be able to:
• devise/ take part in a dialogue in the context of a range of everyday situations;
• give a short, oral presentation in Italian;
• carry out listening and reading comprehension tasks;
• carry out various writing tasks (e.g. short descriptions and narratives, simple letters,
• email messages, postcards), making pertinent lexical and grammatical choices.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

In our classes, we use an inductive approach, complemented by a variety of activities, which aim to facilitate the learning of the Italian language structures and functions. Students are expected to take an active part in classes both individually and in group activities. Five weekly contact hours to provide students with opportunities to progress through the structural aspects of the language at quite fast pace. Class time is dedicated to the introduction of new concepts and focuses on creating practice opportunities for the development of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Students will also attend a total of 8 hours, over the term, of practical sessions with a personal (native speaker) mentor. If no mentors were to be available, students will need to attend 8 hours, over the term, of tandem session with native speakers practicing task based conversations. Students will be expected to attend all sessions and complete some relevant practical tasks for each session.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Reading comprehension    30% 
Coursework   Grammar test    35% 
Coursework   Oral test    35% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ignazia Posadinu, email:
Ignazia Posadinu; Chiara Fiori
Ignazia Posadinu, 4.320.A,; 01206 872239



External examiner

Mrs Enza Siciliano Verruccio
University of Reading
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 57 hours, 46 (80.7%) hours available to students:
11 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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