SML4004 : Intermediate Italian
SML4004 : Intermediate Italian
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Ms Barbara Guidarelli
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
- Capacity limit: 40 student places
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
|SML2014||An Introduction to Italian language and culture|
Pre Requisite Comment
Since this module has a strong language learning component, the linguistic and cultural skills taught in SML2014 are indispensable.
This module is not suitable for native speakers of Italian.
Modules you need to take at the same time
|FRE4081||Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills|
|SPA4081||Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills|
Co Requisite Comment
Students must also be taking Level D French or Level D Spanish.
In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will focus on consolidating students’ competence in Italian. It will reinforce students’ grammatical and lexical knowledge of the language and contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of aspects of the history, politics, society and culture of Italy. The module also aims to prepare students for more specialist study in Italian Studies.
Outline Of Syllabus
This module is designed as an enhancement to the knowledge of the language and culture of Italy acquired in the module ‘Introduction to Italian language and culture’. It will also cover selected aspects of Italian Studies (e.g. film, politics, history). On the language learning side, there will be text comprehension, Italian grammar, composition, general oral work, and listening exercises.
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
1.A critical awareness of selected aspects of Italian culture (in the broadest sense).
2.Critical perspectives on issues of cultural identity, sociolinguistics, literature, and political culture.
3.Knowledge of current situation of Italy, and some of the debates concerning cultural, political and linguistic issues.
Intended Skill Outcomes
1. Ability to analyse and historically contextualize different forms of texts in Italian, both written and audiovisual.
2. Development of linguistic skills (speaking, understanding, reading and writing) in the target language.
3. Linguistic and communication skills in speaking in the target language in everyday informal contexts.
4. Ability to take notes from books, journals, and primary texts in the target language.
5. Ability to contextualize relevant cultural discourses and authors about mass media, popular culture and the culture industry in Italy.
6. Ability to argue opinions convincingly in the target language.
7. Ability to participate in class in the target language.
8. Ability to work in pairs and small groups.
9. Ability to write well-argued and analytical essays in the target language.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||30||1:00||30:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||1:00||11:00||Online synchronous|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||32||1:00||32:00||Present in person|
|Structured Guided Learning||Structured research and reading activities||10||1:00||10:00||Structured Homework|
|Structured Guided Learning||Structured research and reading activities||18||1:00||18:00||Structured online activities|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||98||1:00||98:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Module talk||1||1:00||1:00||Online synchronous|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Practical language skills and knowledge can best be acquired in an interactive classroom setting. As this is a language module it is more classroom-based than the other optional (content) modules offered in the School, hence the higher number of contact hours.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis some of the contact hours may be delivered face to face and/or online.
THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN ITALIAN.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||50||Assessing grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing|
|Oral Examination||20||2||M||30||Consisting of a role play and a conversation in Italian|
|Portfolio||1||M||20||Consisting of two tasks: one listening and speaking and another listening and writing|
Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.
|Written exercise||1||M||Set by the teacher according to course progress|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
1. In the 120 mins written examination students will answer questions which directly relate to the skills learned during the 'reading and writing skills' part of the course: comprehension exercises and writing tasks. This assessment will test students' ability to write or type in the target language. Students are allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check/grammar check has been disabled.
2. The oral examination will consist of a conversation with the teacher covering cultural issues studied in class and about aspects of the students' academic and social life. For the cultural side of the conversation picture or audio visual prompts may be used. This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to discuss with a target language speaker or fellow student directly and spontaneously.
Should it not be possible to have PIP exams, due to the Covid-19 crisis. the Oral exams will be held online synchronous, and the Written exams will be a 24 hour paper.
Past Exam Papers
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