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Modern Italian Language I (Advanced)

Module Code: IT107
Module Name: Modern Italian Language I (Advanced)

Module Coordinator: Dr Paola Roccella

Contact Email: Paola.Roccella@warwick.ac.uk

Office Hours: Wednesday, 12.00 - 13.00, Room H4.15

Module Credits: 30
 

Academic year 2019/2020

Introduction meeting and diagnostic test

When: Monday 30th September 2019, from 16.00 to 17.00

Where: Room H0.64, Humanities Building, Ground Floor

Who: First-year students with previous knowledge of Italian

Module Description

Would you like to use your Italian language skills in a creative way? This module is designed to expand and refine your existing language skills and develop linguistic and intercultural competences in Italian by means of advanced activities including creative writing, translation, group debates, oral presentations and dramatization. You will explore language structures and grammar using a variety of resources including video clips and written texts. You will be asked to engage with authentic and sophisticated texts (such as newspaper articles, graphic novels, literary texts, film reviews and plays), compare cultural systems and express your opinion critically and creatively. Topics for discussion may include the use of technology, social media, social justice, education, migration, regionalisms, Italian language and youth identity. The 'translation' component of this module will help you experiment with different genres, registers and styles which will be useful to understand and reproduce culturally specific texts. The 'writing strategies' component will encourage you to be imaginative and gain insight of the Italian language through experimental activities of creative writing. This will also allow you to discuss contemporary Italian literature which will tie on to the translation component, and receive comprehensive interdisciplinary teaching. Finally, you will have the opportunity to take the initiative, suggest in-class activities, explore Italian cultural subjects of your choice (negotiated with your language tutor) and lead group discussions.

Assessment

End of Term 1 test: 10%
End of term 2 portfolio (2000 words) 20%
Term 3 oral presentation 20%
Final written exam (summer) 3 hours: 50%

Timetable (starting from Week 2)

Monday, 9.00 - 10.00, Room H.082 (Humanities Building)

Tuesday, 10.00 - 11.00, Room R1.04 (Ramphal Building)

Wednesday, 11.00 - 12.00, Room H.067 (Humanities Building)

Textbooks

Marin, Magnelli, Progetto italiano 3: corso di lingua e civiltà italiana: livello medio-avanzato, Libro dello studente, Athens: Edilingua, 2008, Third Edition. ISBN 978-960-693-004-1

Latino, Muscolino, Una grammatica italiana per tutti 2. Volume secondo: livello intermedio, Athens: Edilingua, 2005. ISBN: 960-7706-96-X

**Textbooks can be purchased online through the Italian Bookshop with a 10% discount: https://www.italianbookshop.co.uk/setbooks.php?institution=11087&class=975