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Modern Italian Language III

Module Code: IT301
Module Name: Modern Italian Language III
Module Coordinator: Dr Valentina Abbatelli
Timetable by Group
Module Credits: 30


Module Description

This Italian language module aims to develop your translation, writing and oral communication skills and is divided into four weekly classes.

The translation classes alternate between translation from Italian into English and from English into Italian. We approach translation not just as a linguistic exercise but as a practical skill and the classes are run as workshops in which speakers of English work together with native speakers of Italian to produce weekly translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts. You will explore techniques for conveying nuances of meaning and strategies for translating culturally specific terms.

The writing classes will help you develop fluency in different styles and types of writing such as essay writing, reports, reviews and summaries. There is also a weekly grammar hour to consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of Italian grammar.

The oral groups will expand your vocabulary and help you become familiar with a more sophisticated register of spoken Italian. You will be encouraged to use Italian in both informal conversations and formal presentations. Both the writing and oral components of the course will raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society and enable you to discuss relevant aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experiences.


GP. Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana by Marco Mezzadri. ISBN 9788820125066.

Assessment (2020-2021):

Combined Writing and Translation Coursework (10%)

Test (end of term 2 - 20%)

Oral exam (20%)

Final exam (3 hours + reading time; 50%): translation (one passage from English to Italian and one passage from Italian to English) and essay

Visiting students (Erasmus):

- Term 1 & 2, 24 CATS:
• 2 x 1500 translation portfolio (one for each language combination: IT > EN; EN > IT) (50%)
• 1.5 hour end of term 2 test (50%)

- Full year, 30 CATS:
• 2 x 1500 word translation portfolio (one for each language combination: IT > EN; EN > IT) (50%)
• 1.5 hour exam plus reading time Summer exam (same exam sat by home students taking the modules) (50%)

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:




Dr Maria Pavlova

Writing Term 1

Prof David Lines

Writing Term 2

Dr Fabio Camilletti

Translation to Italian - asynchronous

Dr Jo Lee

Translation to English - asynchronous

Simona Di Martino


Emiliano Zappalà

Grammar - asynchronous


GROUP A Wedn 12-13 OC0.05 (Oculus)

GROUP B Tue 12-13 R1.03 (Ramphal)

GROUP C Tue 11-12 OC1.02 (Oculus)


GROUP A: Mon. 13-14 Online (on MS Teams)

GROUP B: Thurs. 10-11 S0.09

GROUP C: Thurs. 14-15 S0.10


Asynchronous + online forum on Moodle


Asynchronous. Recorded lectures and asynchronous activities