Intensive Initial Italian 1

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
10 April 2019


Requisites for this module


LA333, LA622, LA640

Key module for


Module description

Italian Intensive Initial 1 is an interactive, intensive language module for which blended-learning strategies are used to allow fast-paced progress, through the Italian language and the Italian-speaking world. There is a dual focus on communicative and structural aspects of the language. Language learning is supported by an online-guided independent study program and extended by multimedia activities.
The module is designed for students with none or little knowledge of Italian. The aim of the module, in correlation with Italian Intensive Initial 2 in the Spring Term, is to enable students to attain a level of Italian equivalent to an A2 level by completing it with a summer course in Italy. Students will then reach an intermediate exit level B1 (equivalent to LA630); without attending the course in Italy the exit level will be elementary A2 (equivalent to LA620).
It is the compulsory path for those students with no knowledge of Italian who intend to take the study of the language to a Proficiency or Mastery level in their final year. This module can also be taken as an outside option.

Module aims

The main aim of Intensive Initial Italian 1 is to help students acquire the basic linguistic skills needed to cope with a visit to Italy. By the end of the term, students should also have acquired some general background knowledge of particular aspects of life and culture in the present-day Italy.

Module learning outcomes

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

• devise/ take part in a dialogue in the context of a range of everyday situations;
• do a short, oral presentation in Italian;
• carry out listening and reading comprehension tasks;
• carry out various writing tasks (e.g. short descriptions and narratives, simple letters, email messages, postcards), making pertinent lexical and grammatical choices.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

In our classes, we use an inductive approach, complemented by a variety of activities, which aim to facilitate the learning of the Italian language structures and functions. You are expected to take an active part in classes both individually and in group activities Four weekly contact hours, including one hour in a PC lab to provide students with opportunities to progress through the structural aspects of the language at their own pace. Class time is dedicated to the introduction of new concepts and focuses on creating practice opportunities for the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Students will also attend one hour a week, practical session, with a Europhone and a total of 8 hours, over the term, of practical sessions with a personal (native speaker) mentor. If no mentors were to be available, students will need to attend 8 hours, over the term, of tandem session with native speakers practicing task based conversations. Students will be expected to attend all sessions and to complete some relevant practical tasks for each session. I


  • (31 Jan. 2011) Via della Grammatica: Edilingua Pantelis Marin; 1st Edition edition.
  • Ricci, Mina. (2011) Via della grammatica for English speakers: theory, exercises, tests and authentic material for foreigners, Rome: Edilingua.
  • Tartaglione, Roberto; Benincasa, Angelica. (2015) Grammatica della lingua italiana per stranieri: regole, esercizi, letture, test : A1-A2 : di base, Firenze: Alma.
  • (2012) Domani: Libro DVD ROM 1: Alma Edizioni.
  • Telis Marin, Pierangela Diadori. (2017) Via del Corso Libro dello studente ed esercizi A1, [Place of publication not identified]: EDIZIONI EDILINGUA SRLU.

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 Assignment 1 37.5%
Coursework Assignment 2 37.5%
Practical Assignment 3 25%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ignazia Posadinu
Ignazia Posadinu, 4.320.A,; 01206 872239



External examiner

Prof Sonia Cunico
Director of Language Teaching
Available via Moodle
Of 57 hours, 46 (80.7%) hours available to students:
11 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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