Proficiency Level Italian

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
08 April 2019


Requisites for this module
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

The module is open to students who have passed LA640 Advanced Italian. It is designed to help students cope successfully with their Year Abroad. If the module is taken in the final year (Italian as a minor language), students are expected to achieve an Effective Operational Proficiency C1 level in Italian as described in the Common European Framework (CEFR).

Module aims

The aims of this module are to support students so they can fully engage in their Year (or vacation period) Abroad by introducing them to a range of contemporary cultural issues whilst developing their language skills.

Module learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this module are:

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

Demonstrate the ability to use vocabulary and formulaic sentences appropriately.

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

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

Demonstrate awareness of some aspects of the current literary debate on the Italian detective story, social issues related to the family and/or knowledge of the set books .

Module information

No additional information available.

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.


  • Starnone, Domenico. (©2016) Scherzetto, Torino: Einaudi.
  • Levi, Primo; Segre, Cesare. (2014) Se questo è un uomo, Torino: Einaudi.
  • De Giuli, A., Guastalla C. and Naddeo, C.M. (no date) Nuovo Magari B2: Alma Edizioni.

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
Practical Class Test 3
Practical Class Test 4
Exam 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Daniela Carboni
Mrs Daniela Carboni, office: 4.324, telephone: 01206 874835, email:



External examiner

Prof Sonia Cunico
Director of Language Teaching
Available via Moodle
Of 57 hours, 30 (52.6%) hours available to students:
27 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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