Higher Intermediate Italian

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 30 June 2023
24 March 2022


Requisites for this module
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.


LA333, LA640

Key module for


Module description

Higher Intermediate Italian is open to students who have completed an As-level or equivalent. It is designed to help students who have studied intensively Italian for a year or have already some knowledge of the language but need to improve oral and written communication before progressing into more advanced language classes. There will be great emphasis on using past and future tenses, on performing better when speaking and summarising effectively what you have read and heard. The module focuses on a textbook (see Bibliography) but there will be extra material made available on Moodle.

Module aims

The overall aim of the module is to achieve proficiency equivalent to level B1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in speaking, writing, reading and listening.
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.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate the ability to speak about past, present and future events.
Demonstrate the ability to understand and summarise written texts at intermediate level.
Demonstrate the ability to describe people, places and feelings.
Demonstrate the ability to express likes and dislikes.
Demonstrate the ability to make recommendations and give advice.
Demonstrate the ability to facilitate understanding between languages and cultures (mediation).

Module information

Grammar revision will be available through pre-recorded videos on Moodle.

Learning and teaching methods

Individual, peer and group work will be encouraged. The classes will benefit from the use of a Moodle page and pre-recorded sessions.


  • Nuccia De Filippo, L.C. (no date) Un nuovo giorno in Italia A2. Edited by B. Loescher.
  • Ricci, M. (2011) Via della grammatica for English speakers: theory, exercises, tests and authentic material for foreigners. Rome: 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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Portfolio 1      
Coursework   Test 1     
Coursework   Portfolio 2      
Coursework   Test 2     
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

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
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Daniela Carboni, email:
Mrs. Daniela Carboni
Mrs Daniela Carboni, office: 4.324, telephone: 01206 874835, email:



External examiner

Mrs Enza Siciliano Verruccio
University of Reading
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 58 hours, 36 (62.1%) hours available to students:
22 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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