|Module Code: IT101|
|Module Name: Italian for Beginners|
|Module Coordinator: Dr Valentina Abbatelli|
|Timetable by Group|
|Module Credits: 30|
Academic Year 2019-2020
** INDUCTION MEETING MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER, 4-5 pm in H5.45 **
Timetable FROM WEEK 2
|Group A||Group B|
Monday 9-11 H0.61
Monday 16-17 H0.66
|Wednesday 9-10 H0.61||Thursday 10-12 H0.61|
CONSOLIDATION HOUR FOR BOTH GROUPS: TUESDAY 10-11 S0.13
Reading Weeks: week 6 of terms 1 & 2
Assessment Code: C (combined class tests + examination)
Would you like the challenge of learning a new language at university? This module for absolute beginners will introduce you to the foundations of Italian language while exploring fascinating aspects of Italian life, culture and society. You will be provided with varied opportunities to practice your Italian in an enthusiastic and supportive learning environment. Basic notions of Italian grammar will be integrated step-by-step through various in-class communicative activities. Gradually you will consolidate the necessary language skills not only to talk about yourself, family and hobbies but also to discuss slightly more complex topics such as music, Italian cuisine, traditions, environmental issues, Italian cinema and fashion. You will be asked to engage with various stimuli including articles from newspapers, passages from literature, images and video clips. A range of parallel activities aimed at reinforcing cultural contents and linguistic skills will be practiced in class. Among these are oral discussions, group presentations, role plays, quiz and group games. You will benefit from the input of Italian native-speaker tutors and will be encouraged to work individually and with your peers. You will explore aspects of Italian language and culture through multimedia exercises specifically designed to support your in-class activities. By the end of the year, you will be able to hold a conversation in Italian, ask and receive pieces of information, express opinions, and talk about past and future events. Finally, you will be provided with the necessary linguistic skills to spend a temporary period of time in Italy and to discuss about some aspects of its culture and society, beyond the overly popular stereotypes surrounding it.
- 4 classroom tests (2 in term 1 and 2 in term 2) + an oral examination in term 3, each counting for 10% of the final mark.
- 1 three-hour paper (essay, summary, comprehension) counting for 50% of the total mark.
(Resit: in September)
Failure to attend a class test or submit required assessed work will result in a mark of 0 being recorded for that part of the assessment. It is normally not possible to submit assessed work or retake the test at a later date. However, if your absence is a result of medical or personal circumstances then you may be permitted to take the test at the next opportunity provided that you (i) notify the relevant module tutor as soon as possible and (ii) provide a medical certificate or other supporting documentation. For a definition of mitigating circumstances and supporting documentation, please refer to this link
Books for the course
(please make sure you obtain that particular edition, where specified)
T. Marin, Nuovissimo Progetto italiano 1, (Libro dello Studente + DVD Video), Edilingua, 2019 (ISBN 978-88-99358-50-1)
L. Ruggieri, T. Marin, S. Magnelli, Nuovissimo Progetto italiano 1, (new edition of the Workbook) (Quaderno degli esercizi+ CD audio), Edilingua, 2019 (ISBN 978-88-99358-52-5)
See the English glossary for this textbook, provided by Edilingua.
Grammar book: Nocchi, Susanna, New Italian Grammar in Practice: Exercises, Tests, Games, Alma Edizioni 2015 (ISBN 9788861824287)
**Textbooks can be purchased online through the Italian Bookshop with a 10% discount: https://www.italianbookshop.co.uk/setbooks.php?institution=11087&class=975
Recommended dictionary: Collins Complete Italian https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008141752/easy-learning-italian-complete-grammar-verbs-and-vocabulary-3-books-in-1/