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PL10631: Italian written and spoken language 1 (ab initio)

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 25%, OR 25%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Oral and practical examination (OR 25%)
  • Spoken language assignments (CW 20%)
  • Test in class (CW 10%)
  • Written language assignments (CW 20%)
  • Written language examination (EX 25%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
In Semester 1, this unit aims to give students a systematic grounding in the basis structures of Italian grammar and syntax; to enable them to employ these structures correctly in short written texts within a communicative context and orally in a variety of practical and everyday situations; and thus to bring students to an intermediate level of knowledge of Italian. In Semester 2, the unit aims to consolidate the knowledge acquired in Semester 1, complete the study of Italian grammar and syntax, and extend the vocabulary, thus bringing students to an advanced standard of Italian. Students will be exposed to more complex written texts (including literary ones from contemporary authors), will extend their aural comprehension and oral skills to a larger number of situations and contexts, and will develop specific skills of inferring meaning from unknown or unfamiliar language.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students should be able to:
* use and understand more complex structures of the Italian language
* employ those structures correctly in longer written texts such as reports, summaries, letters, etc. and using specific vocabulary
* read contemporary writing
* converse on practical and everyday situations and discuss issues with native and non-native speakers of Italian.

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. Skills in effective learning, CIT and adaptation to life in the target country are developed in this unit.


Written language. Increasingly more complex morphological and syntactic aspects of the Italian language will be covered. Lessons are based upon the textbook, which will be integrated with handouts, grammar exercises, and short prose passages drawn from contemporary sources.
Spoken language. Listening and speaking skills are developed by means of conversation groups, role-play, paired activities, and supervised lab activities, based on authentic audio-visual material and printed texts and leading to more creative and contextualised written assignments. Contact with native speakers is a crucial aspect of the unit.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL10631 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB16 : BA(Hons) Italian ab inito and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB08 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB06 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB20 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.