Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Assessment:||CW 30%, EX 50%, OR 20%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
The aims of this unit in the first semester are to: refine students' competences in written and spoken Italian; to extend the range of vocabulary and linguistic registers, including the political and social; to train students in translating complex passages from and into Italian in a variety of registers and with challenging grammar and syntax; to enable students to express complex ideas and arguments in writing; to draw upon the students' period of residence in Italy in order to strengthen listening abilities and oral fluency. In the second semester, the aims are to: complete students training in the translation of Italian in a variety of registers; train them in writing a well argued essay in Italian; provide them with a wider vocabulary in the target language; strengthen further their oral fluency.
Students should be able to:
* translate complex texts from and into Italian without the use of a dictionary
* express their ideas and present a written argument in clear, correct Italian
* understand different registers and replicate them in the target language
* converse fluently on a variety of topics
* analyse and summarise audio-visual material
* acquire a wide vocabulary in the target language
* deliver well-structured oral presentations in Italian on social, political and cultural topics.
Skills in precision and creativity in the use of written and spoken language, effective communication in the target language and translation are taught and assessed in this unit.
Written Language: prose, translation, and essay writing classes based on excerpts from the press, contemporary writers and specialised journals.
Spoken Language: oral presentations, lector-organised discussion and debate on political, social and cultural topics; analysis of audio-visual material.
PL30634 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
PL30634 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences