Advanced Italian

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
16 May 2020


Requisites for this module
LA630 or LA621 or LA622
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.


LA650, LA660

Key module for

BA R9R3 European Studies with Italian,
BA R9R7 European Studies with Italian (Including Foundation Year),
BA RR38 Italian Studies and Modern Languages,
BA RR40 Italian Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year)

Module description

Advanced Italian is a module designed to consolidate your knowledge by practising listening, reading and speaking skills. We will be working on advanced grammar and vocabulary to help you communicate effectively with native speakers. We will be using a good range of authentic texts such as narrative passages, newspaper articles. We will analyse a range of text types. For the spoken part, you will have a scheduled conversation class where you will be able to practice speaking skills and acquire better vocabulary.

Module aims

The aim of this module is for students to reach a language proficiency level of B2 in the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should:

Be able to use a range of tenses confidently
Be able to identify register and levels of formality
Be able to use advanced vocabulary
Be able to write correctly and precisely
Be able to use abstract language and make use of some idioms
Be able to converse without hesitation with a good delivery speed
Be able to read confidently texts at advanced level

Module information

Extra learning materials available on Moodle.
To register to the Repository of Reading Activities:
Log in to MoodleX using your Moodle (and general computing account) details:
2) Visit the language repository:
3) Enrol on the course when asked (self-enrol).

Learning and teaching methods

Language modules typically involve 2-3 contact hours per week. Confirmed details will be announced at the start of the academic year.


  • Chiappini, Loredana; De Filippo, Nuccia. (2005) Un giorno in Italia 2: corso di italiano per stranieri: intermedio, avanzato : libro dello studente con esercizi + CD audio, Roma: Bonacci.
  • Lahiri, Jhumpa. (2016) In altre parole: con una postfazione dell' autrice, Milano: Ugo Guanda Editore.

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   Class Test 1     
Coursework   Class Test 2     
Coursework   Class Test 3      
Coursework   Class Test 4      
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Daniela Carboni, email:
Mrs Daniela Carboni
Mrs Daniela Carboni. Room: 4.324. E-mail: uk Tel: 01206 874835



External examiner

Prof Sonia Cunico
University of Exeter
Director of Language Teaching
Available via Moodle
Of 73 hours, 54 (74%) hours available to students:
19 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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