LA622-4-SP-CO:
Intensive Initial Italian 2

The details
2022/23
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Sunday 15 January 2023
Friday 24 March 2023
15
23 March 2022

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
LA621
(none)
(none)

 

LA333, LA621, LA630, LA640

Key module for

(none)

Module description

Italian Intensive Initial 2 is an interactive, intensive language module for which blended-learning strategies are used to allow fast-paced progress through the Italian language and Italian-speaking world. It is a reinforcement and continuation of LA621, Italian Intensive Initial 1. It is a practical module, which makes use of a wide range of authentic materials depicting real-life situations and activities.

The aim of the module 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 reach an intermediate exit level B1 (equivalent to higher Intermediate); 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 outside option.

Module aims

The aim is to help students consolidate and improve their proficiency in Italian, including their ability to deal with everyday situations in a natural and creative way with greater awareness of correctness, register and propriety

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.
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:

1. devise/ take part in a dialogue in the context of a range of everyday situations;
2. deliver a longer oral presentation in Italian to express feelings, opinions and belief;
3. carry out listening and reading comprehension tasks;
4. carry out various writing tasks (e.g. more extensive descriptions and narratives, reference to past experience and events, make present and future plans), making pertinent lexical and grammatical choices

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

An inductive approach, complemented by a variety of activities, which aim to facilitate the learning of the Italian language structures and functions. Five weekly contact hours, including one hour in a PC lab (or similar environment) to provide students with opportunities to progress through the structural aspects of the language at their own pace. Class time is dedicated to the introduction of new concepts and focuses on creating practice opportunities for the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Students will also attend one hour a week of oral skills practical session and homework check, and a total of 8 hours of task based oral skills with mentor or teacher. If no mentors were to be available, students will need to attend 8 hours, over the term, of tandem session with native speakers practising task-based conversations. Students will be expected to attend all sessions and complete some relevant practical tasks for each session.

Bibliography

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 and writing test    30% 
Coursework   Oral test    30% 
Coursework   Written test    40% 

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

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ignazia Posadinu, email: ignazia.posadinu@essex.ac.uk.
Ms Ignazia Posadinu & Ms Chiara Fiori
Ignazia Posadinu. Room: 4.320.A. E-mail: iposad (Non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address); Tel: 01206 872239 Daniela Carboni. Room: 4.324. E-mail: danic (Non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address); Tel: 01206 874835

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Mrs Enza Siciliano Verruccio
University of Reading
Associate Professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 48 hours, 36 (75%) hours available to students:
12 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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