Mastery Level Italian

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
10 April 2019


Requisites for this module
LA640 or LA650
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.



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

This is a final year module at the end of which, you are expected to achieve a Mastery level C1-C2 in Italian as described in the Common European Framework (CEFR).

Module aims

To reach a near native speaker standard of spoken and written language for the purpose of discussing and analysing complex social issues and ideas.
To develop your linguistic awareness and usage of varieties of spoken and written Italian (e.g. colloquial, narrative, academic, journalistic).
To help you acquire good knowledge of Italian culture and civilisation with emphasis on history, literature (especially the 20th century), politics, cinema, art and society.
In this module you will make extensive use of authentic and online materials

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the course you should be able to:
• Critically analyse Italian contemporary fiction as well as complex specialised and non-specialised texts.
• Write in Italian reports, summaries, essays etc. using different registers.
• Take part in discussion and delivered structured and clear presentations in Italian.
• Develop transferable study skills such as independent learning, critical, analytical thinking, problem-solving, team-working, planning and delivering of oral presentations, time-management, use of electronic media.

Module information

Please see the weekly schedule on the Moodle module page regularly for learning materials.

Learning and teaching methods

3 contact hr p/w: 1hr reading and debating class, 1hr reading and writing, 1 language structure.


  • Roggeri, Vanessa. (2018, 2013) Il cuore selvatico del ginepro, Milano: Garzanti.
  • De Giuli, Alessandro; Guastalla, Carlo; Naddeo, Ciro Massimo. (2013) Nuovo magari: corso di lingua e cultura italiana, di livello intermedio e avanzato, C1/C2, Firenze: Alma Edizioni.
  • Murgia, Michela. (c2009) Accabadora, Torino: Einaudi.

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 - La Storia Italiana      
Coursework   Set Book 1     
Practical   Set Book 2 - Short Essay     
Practical   Presentation - Italian Cinema or other discussed topic     
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
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 99 hours, 18 (18.2%) hours available to students:
81 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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