Proficiency Level Italian

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
03 February 2023


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



Key module for


Module description

This module is designed to prepare second year students for their Year Abroad or to complete the curriculum of final year students (with Italian as a second or a third language). All participants to the classes are expected to achieve an Effective Operational Proficiency C1 level in Italian as described in the Common European Framework (CEFR). The classes are organised around the topics of the textbook Nuovo Magari B2 and material provided by Daniela. There will be three weekly sessions, including a pre-recorded class.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To achieve proficiency equivalent to level B2/C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in speaking, writing, reading and listening.

  • To provide students with 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

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to write structured and coherent commentaries and deliver cohesive presentations.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to use vocabulary and formulaic sentences appropriately.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to report and summarise for the purpose of discussing and analysing.

  4. Demonstrate awareness of the register and varieties of spoken and written Italian (e.g. colloquial, descriptive and academic) and use them appropriately.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to facilitate understanding between languages and cultures (mediation).
    Demonstrate awareness of some aspects of Italian culture and enduring traditions [geo-political aspect of the peninsula, sociological aspects of the Italian language (inclusivity and discrimination), stories of migration and notions of Art History].

  6. Demonstrate the ability to analyse the content of the set book (Domenico Starnone, Scherzetto, Einaudi).

Module information

Some content-based classes will be organised around pre-recorded material.

Learning and teaching methods

The classes are organised around the topics of the textbook Nuovo Magari B2 and material provided by Daniela. There will be three weekly sessions, including sometime a pre-recorded content-based video, and two language classes. When suitable, the video sessions will be made available on Moodle and will typically be between 15-20 minutes in length, depending on the topic. Students will have full control of the video. In 2022-23 there will be four content-based areas: la geografia dell'Italia, some aspects of migration (Autumn Term) and socio-historical issues of the Italian language and a selection of Art History examples from various periods and artists in the Spring Term. In the language classes, we will be refining and extending the study of vocabulary and structures with interactive practice activities. All the events above will require strictly regular attendance and commitment to be successful.
All the extra material and the recordings will be uploaded on the LA650 Moodle page but working on a copy of the textbook, Nuovo Magari B2, is essential.
Students are asked to read Scherzetto and we will complete during the second term and the Easter vacation work on the book finalised to a discussion for the VIVA (oral exam), when students will be asked to comment on what they have read.


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   Take-home assignment     
Practical   Listening test     
Practical   Class test     
Practical   PowerPoint PP      
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main 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, office: 4.324, telephone: 01206 874835, email:



External examiner

Mrs Enza Siciliano Verruccio
University of Reading
Associate Professor
Dr Sam Christian D'Elia
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 28 (93.3%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
1 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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