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SML4004 : Intermediate Italian

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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
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

Exams
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable