Module Catalogue 2020/21

SML2014 : An Introduction to Italian language and culture

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Barbara Guidarelli
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

This module is not suitable for native speakers or those with an A-Level (or equivalent) in Italian.

Co Requisites
Code Title
FRE2061Level C (HE Advanced) French
SPA2061Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish
Co Requisite Comment

In order to cope with the relatively fast pace of this module, students need to have familiarity with a Romance language at Level C and so should be taking either Level C French or Level C Spanish.


At the end of the year, students will have acquired basic oral and written communication skills in Italian, consistent with the European Framework of Reference level A2. Furthermore, they will have been acquainted with a range of topics forming a cultural background to the language instruction. These may vary but may include aspects of Italian politics, history, literature, and translation theory.

Outline Of Syllabus

Grammatical structures and lexical material will be introduced and practised in common types of situations of communication. Grammatical categories acquired will include: article, full noun, personal and possessive pronoun, prepositions, present tense and compound past with regular as well as with some irregular verbs, imperfect.

One in four one-hour classes will be a cultural context class, covering aspects like politics, history, literature and cinema.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Knowledge of grammar and vocabulary of Italian consistent with European Framework of Reference level A2.
Knowledge of aspects of Italian culture.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Oral and written communication skills in Italian consistent with European Framework of Reference level A2.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical361:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1152:00152:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Practical language skills and knowledge can best be acquired in an interactive classroom setting. The cultural context classes have the format of a lecture, although they will be interactive, too. The target language will be used as much as possible in both lectures and seminars.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50Reading comprehension and writing tasks
Aural Examination152M20Listening assessment
Oral Examination52M205 minute conversation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M10Portfolio of homework items. Writing task.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MBoth semesters. Weekly homework.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The written exam includes a variety of reading and writing tasks. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.

- The oral exam is a 5-minute conversation with the teacher in the target language. This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally. This will take place in Semester 2 in class time.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.