Module Catalogue 2019/20

SML4004 : Intermediate Italian

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • 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
Code Title
SML2014An 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.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
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.


Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60Writing and reading tasks
Oral Examination102M20Conversation and picture based tasks
Aural Examination152M20In-class listening assessment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M2 pieces of written work set throughout the Semester in the target language.
Written Examination2MMock
Written exercise2M2 pieces of written work set throughout the Semester in the target language
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 may be 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 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 directly and spontaneously.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 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 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.