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Italian Intermediate Accelerated (LL2B4)

Summary

Level:

The module is designed to enable students who have demonstrated higher linguistic skills to complete two levels, (levels 3 and 4), in one year instead of two.

Main Objectives:

To improve and strengthen reading and writing skills, listening and speaking skills and develop greater fluency in an Italian-speaking environment.
Credits:

This is a 24 or 30 CREDIT module.

Teaching:

3 hours 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.

Tutor:

Laura Mantovani

Course Texts (must be bought by student):

  • Nuovo Espresso 3, book + DVD ROM . Alma Edizioni. ISBN: 9788861823389
  • Nuovo Espresso 4, book + CD audio. Alma Edizioni. ISBN: 9788861825055

These books can be purchased from the University Bookshop, telephone: (024) 7652 3388.

Course Description

Teaching will be primarily in the target language. Writing and speaking activities will be supported by authentic written and spoken materials focusing on aspects of Italian life and culture. Students will also be encouraged to read articles in Italian regularly to keep up to date with events in the Italian-speaking world.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • develop strategies for locating information and understanding structure
  • understand and produce the main ideas of complex text on concrete and abstract topics
  • understand extended speech in a variety of contexts, and the gist of most current affairs programmes and films (including implied meaning)
  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems
  • interact with fluency and spontaneity, and account for and sustain viewpoints
  • write clear detailed text on a wide range of subjects; explain viewpoints on topical issues, giving advantages and disadvantages

Syllabus

Communicative skills

This module will cover items such as: giving advice; describing anecdotes in the past; expressing commands; making promises; expressing wishes; talking about hypothesis; making predictions; giving opinions; justifying actions; expressing agreement and disagreement.

Grammar

This module will cover items such as: the past tenses (passato prossimo, imperfetto, trapassato prossimo, passato remoto), the future tense, the conditional, direct and indirect object pronouns, the subjunctive.

Topics

Some of the topics to be discussed in this module include: travelling, leisure activities, food, design, the environment, health, sports, social media, education.