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IT101 Modern Italian Language for Beginners

Module Code: IT101
Module Name: Italian for Beginners
Module Coordinator: Dr Valentina Abbatelli
Timetable by Group
Module Credits: 30

Academic Year 2020-2021

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

** INDUCTION MEETING MONDAY 5 OCTOBER 4-5 LIVE ON MS TEAMS **

TIMETABLE
GROUP A GROUP B

MONDAY 9-11 S0.17 (Social Sciences)

TUESDAY 11-12 OC0.05 (Oculus)
WEDNESDAY 9-10 R1.03 (Ramphal) THURSDAY 10-12 S0.17 (Social Sciences)

**In addition to f2f classes each week there will be an asynchronous consolidation hour, a series of activities and exercises on linguistic structures covered during the week that students can take in their own time. They will be accompanied by a forum on Moodle where students can engage with their colleagues and the tutor to ask questions and clarifications or comments on the weekly activities **

Reading Weeks: week 6 of terms 1 & 2

Assessment Code: C (combined class tests + examination)

Module description

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.

Assessment (2020-2021):

  • 2 tests (one at the end of term 1 and one at the end of term 2; each one counting 15%)
  • Oral exam (20%)
  • Final written exam (2 hours; 50%)

(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)

Textbooks:

T. Marin, Nuovissimo Progetto italiano 1, (Libro dello Studente + DVD Video), Edilingua, 2019 (ISBN 978-88-99358-50-1)

And

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)

Grammar book: Nocchi, Susanna, New Italian Grammar in Practice: Exercises, Tests, Games, Alma Edizioni 2015 (ISBN 9788861824287)

See the English glossary for this textbook, provided by Edilingua.

Recommended dictionary: Collins Complete Italian https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008141752/easy-learning-italian-complete-grammar-verbs-and-vocabulary-3-books-in-1/

 

TUTORS

Group A &

Consolidation Hour (asynchronous + forum)

Dr Valentina Abbatelli

Group B

Dr Jo Lee (term 1)
Dr Georgia Wall (term 2)