Mastery 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
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)

Module description

This module is open to any final year students who have completed the Essex module progression and the period abroad. It is designed to hone and refine skills and knowledge acquired during the entire cycle of study. The intended learning outcomes reflect the purpose of guiding students towards a comfortable level of competence in the language as well as helping them develop an awareness of Italian history and culture. The classes are organised around the topics of the textbook Nuovo Magari C1/C2, two set books (Ho visto… and Timira, see following sections and reading list) and material provided by Daniela. There will be two weekly sessions.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To achieve proficiency equivalent to level C1/C2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in speaking, writing, reading and listening.

  • To provide students with the 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 and converse to near-native standard, using vocabulary, register and formulaic sentences appropriately.

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

  3. Demonstrate the ability to facilitate understanding between languages and cultures (mediation).

  4. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, critically research topics and report findings to the class.

  5. Demonstrate awareness of some aspects of Italian culture and enduring traditions [aspects of Italian history from WWI and post-colonial issues such as the Italian legacy in Eritrea and the Somali diaspora as well as history and contemporary features of the language].

  6. Demonstrate the ability to analyse the content of the set books (Parisi, F Ho visto persone attraversare le Ande, Carlo Delfino Editore and Wu Ming 2 & Mohamed, A, Timira, romanzo meticcio, Einaudi).

Module information

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

Learning and teaching methods

Alongside weekly advanced language classes, we will work on a general overview of post WWI crises (the rise of fascism, post-war economic growth, political terrorism and Tangentopoli) and features of contemporary language (slang, dialects and bureaucratic language). In the second term we will explore post-colonial issues (the Italian legacy in Eritrea and the Somali diaspora) and some aspects of the history of the Italian language. 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 LA660 Moodle page but working on a copy of the textbook, Nuovo Magari C1/C2, is essential. Students are asked to read Ho visto persone attraversare le Ande in the Autumn term and Timira during the second term. The latter is the focus of the VIVA discussion (oral exam), when students will be asked to comment on what they have read.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Take-home assignment     
Coursework   Content-based test     
Practical   PP presentation     
Practical   Listening test     
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
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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
Available via Moodle
Of 42 hours, 41 (97.6%) hours available to students:
0 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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