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Italian 1 (LL162)

Please note: this module will not be offered in 2023-24



Absolute beginners only. This module is offered to students with no prior knowledge of Italian.

Please note, final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.

Main Objectives:

The primary aim of the module is to enable students to communicate effectively at a basic level in everyday situations for a work or study placement in Italy.


30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.


One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle (a virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.


Laura Mantovani

Course Text-books (must be bought by student):
  • NUOVO ESPRESSO 1 (A1) book + DVD ROM, L. Ziglio, G. Rizzo, ALMA Edizioni, ISBN: 9788861823174
  • NEW ITALIAN GRAMMAR IN PRACTICE, S. Nocchi, ALMA Edizioni, ISBN: 9788861824287

Recommended: English-Italian dictionary

Course Description

The primary aim of this module is to enable students to communicate effectively at a basic level in everyday situations for a work or study placement in Italy.

The module also seeks to help students acquire a basic reading knowledge of Italian texts, to introduce them to Italian grammar and syntax and to familiarise students with essential reading techniques that will support further independent study of the written language.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • apply strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • have insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • recognise familiar words and phrases when spoken slowly
  • understand short texts in the target language, dealing with everyday material
  • write short simple texts, including personal details
  • interact at a basic level, and ask/answer questions on familiar topics

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 Basic user (breakthrough) of the Common European Framework.


The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills

This module will cover items such as: greetings, introductions, asking for and giving personal information, asking for and giving directions, describing people and places, daily routine, likes and dislikes and ordering food.


This module will provide an introduction to fundamental features of Italian and essential basic structures, making it possible to function in a range of everyday situations using the present tense.