Intensive Initial Italian 2

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
10 April 2019


Requisites for this module


LA333, LA621, LA640

Key module for


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

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. do 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. Four weekly contact hours, including one hour in a PC lab, 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, practical session, with a Europhone and 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 to complete some relevant practical tasks for each session.


  • Tartaglione, Roberto; Benincasa, Angelica. (2015) Grammatica della lingua italiana per stranieri: regole, esercizi, letture, test : A1-A2 : di base, Firenze: Alma.
  • Telis Marin, Pierangela Diadori. (2017) Via del Corso Libro dello studente ed esercizi A1, [Place of publication not identified]: EDIZIONI EDILINGUA SRLU.
  • Ricci, Mina. (2011) Via della grammatica: teoria, esercizi, test e materiale autentico per stranieri, Roma: Edilingua.

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 Weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1     35% 
Practical   Assignment 3     25% 
Written Exam  Assignment 2    40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ignazia Posadinu, email:
Ignazia Posadinu
Ignazia Posadinu, 4.320.A,; 01206 872239



External examiner

Prof Sonia Cunico
University of Exeter
Director of Language Teaching
Available via Moodle
Of 144 hours, 30 (20.8%) hours available to students:
114 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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