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IT109 Italian for Historians I

Module Code: IT109
Module Name: IT109 Italian for Historians I
Module Credits: 30

This module is designed for students who undertake an honours degree course in History (Renaissance Stream, including a term in Venice). In Term 1, students are introduced to fundamental grammar topics and elements of the Italian language. Simple dialogues, mini-presentations, and role play activities are organised so as to help students develop their interactive skills in Italian. In Term 2, students start reading historical texts and practise strategies to infer meaning, appreciate textual messages and handle slightly more complex texts with the help of their tutor. They also consolidate and develop further what they have learned in Term 1, in order to improve their writing, oral and listening skills. Special emphasis is given to understanding historical texts and to the ability to participate in role plays structured around everyday situations and scenarios.

Textbooks the students have to buy

  • New Italian Espresso - Textbook + DVD, Gruppo Italiaidea, Alma Edizioni, ISBN: 9788861823549
  • New Italian Espresso - Workbook, Gruppo Italiaidea, Alma Edizioni, ISBN: 9788861823570
  • New Italian Grammar in practice - Book, Susanna Nocchi, Alma Edizioni, ISBN: 9788861824287
  • Profilo di storia italiana per stranieri - Book, Paolo E. Balboni - Matteo Santipolo, Guerra Edizioni, ISBN: 978-3125250659

Examination and assessments

Term 1 week 10

Assessment 1 (grammar + writing) 10%

Term 2 week 5

Assessment 2 (grammar + reading comp) 10%

Term 2 week 9

Assessment 3 (translation) 10%

Term 3 week 4

Oral 20%

Term 3 week 3

Written exam (25% reading comp + 25% translation = 50%)

IT109-30 2 hour exam

Resit: 100% written paper 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:

Laura Mantovani


Group A:
Monday 16.00-18.00pm
Friday 11.00-12.00am
Group B:
Monday 13.00-14.00pm
Friday 13.00-15.00pm