Course 1 (Italian) Study Abroad Term 2

Module summary

Module code: ITAL1012
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Anna Costantino


Pre and co requisites

The course is designed for beginners who have a basic knowledge of the language. The student whose competence in the language extends to using a words or phrases such as common greetings, and the recognition of public notices and signs, would be eligible for the course.


The study of the target language at all levels will involve the development of three key areas:

a) the ability to use the target language for purpose of understanding, expression and communication;
b) the ability to acquire the explicit knowledge of the language;
c) the ability to develop cultural and intercultural awareness and understanding of the target language community and society.

The specific aims of the course are:

1) to introduce the student to the language and culture of the relevant area;
2) to enable the student to use simple and more complex forms of the language in a variety of communicative contexts;
3) to resolve difficulties in understanding structure of the language, and help the student to apply grammatical understanding to develop more elaborate use of the language;
4) to foster the confidence and enthusiasm to engage in further language learning;
5) to help students to develop strategies for self assessment and encourage autonomy in language learning.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1) demonstrate an awareness of the cultural and socio professional environment
of the target language.
2) use appropriately and accurately a range of language functions to communicate
orally and in writing in a variety of everyday situations and a limited range of
vocational contexts e.g. introducing oneself, answering questions about personal
3) demonstrate comprehension of foreign language texts by communicating gist and detail in English, and on a simpler level, in the target language;
4) demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and use various tools for enhancing language learning;
5) develop the ability to work creatively and flexibly with oneself and others.

Indicative content

Each language produces its own teaching programme.

Teaching and learning activity

Language Learning will require 2 hours teaching contact-hours and 1 hour conversation class with a native speaker (learners will be asked to complete an oral portfolio). Learners will be required to access and complete a wide range of activities in the Language Centre as part of their study (portfolio).

Language learning will involve the following:

a) the exposure to authentic material (target-language material in a variety of forms: written texts; listening comprehension activities; oral presentations; reading activities);
b) the learning of the grammatical structure of the target language;
c) the use of a variety of language-learning resources (e.g. CALL programmes and self-access exercises).

The course will draw on all the usual methods used in communicative language teaching. The teaching will be conducted in the target language and will involve class participation in discussion and group work. Student autonomy will be encouraged and they should be prepared to work on their own in the Language Centre as part of the course. The course will make use of written, IT and audio-visual materials in addition to text-based information.

Language Teaching will include:
a) pair and group work;
b) discussion on prepared topics;
c) supervision of independent study learning;
d) collection, selection, presentation and evaluation of material on a given topic (both oral and written).


Portfolio - 50%
Formative and summative assessment including an independent language learning component. It requires regular work throughout the year. It involves listening, speaking, reading and written activities using the resources in the Language Centre.

Oral Assessment - 50%
The oral assessment may include oral presentations, participation in structured oral discussions, role-plays.

Pass mark - 40%