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SML4004 : Italian language and culture II

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • 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
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Present in Person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:002:00Oral exams will take place at the end of Semester 2.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Structured online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching301:0030:00Present in person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities101:0010:00Structured Homework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Present in Person
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.

This course will be taught and assessed in Italian.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Assessing grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing
Oral Examination202M30Consisting of an integrated oral/listening assessment
Formative Assessments

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.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MSet by the teacher according to course progress
Written exercise2MMock
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 aural/oral examination will consist of a listening task, followed by a conversation 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.

Reading Lists