Advanced Italian

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 30 June 2023
24 March 2022


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


LA650, LA660

Key module for


Module description

LA640 Advanced Italian is open to students who have an A-level or equivalent in Italian (B1 CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference). It is designed to help students build confidence through interaction, therefore all classes are taught in the target language. At the end of the course, I would like my students to feel that they have not only improved their passive knowledge of the language, but that they have also developed their oral communication. They should feel that they are well equipped to engage in conversation with native speakers.

Module aims

I aim to help students obtain a level of Italian in the CEFR B2 band. 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 communicate orally with ease and confidence.
Demonstrate the ability to explain, summarise and paraphrase.
Demonstrate the ability to use fairly correct language and its structures.
Demonstrate the ability to build and use a vocabulary range in the B1/B2 CEFR band.
Demonstrate the ability to facilitate understanding between languages and cultures (mediation).

Module information

All the extra material and the video recordings will be uploaded on the LA640 Moodle page but working on a copy of the textbook, Un nuovo giorno in Italia B1, is essential. The e-book version of the textbook and the app to manage it are freely downloadable with a code in the book. The audio tracks and the extra material are included.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is broadly following the programme of the textbook Un nuovo giorno in Italia B1 but we will also use my own material. There will be four weekly sessions, including a pre-recorded class on grammar points, two language classes and a conversation class. In the pre-recorded class I will explain the weekly grammar forms and functions with examples and extension of the material from the book. These video sessions are made available on Moodle and will typically be between 15/20 minutes in length, depending on the topic. You will have full control of the video. In the two language classes, we will be refining and extending the study of vocabulary and structures with interactive practice activities. These classes will be typically 50 minutes in length (standard in-person classes). During the conversation class, class 4, we will develop together strategies to speak such as increasing the speed of delivery, thinking on the spot, substitute words and paraphrase (standard in-person classes). All the above events will require strictly regular attendance and commitment to be successful. All the extra material and the recordings will be uploaded on the LA640 Moodle page but working on a copy of the textbook, Un nuovo giorno in Italia B1, is essential.


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   Class test Role-play + diary     
Coursework   Class test Listening     
Coursework   Class test Moodle Quiz     
Practical   Class test PP presentation     
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
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
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

Mrs Enza Siciliano Verruccio
University of Reading
Associate Professor
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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