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This subject provides in intensive mode a comprehensive introduction to contemporary Italian. Language classes will gradually familiarise the students with the structures, rules and skills necessary to communicate in Italian. Continuous assessment (through tests, exercises and other activities) is fundamental to evaluating the students’ progress in the acquisition of Italian. By the end of the semester, students should have developed oral and written competency in Italian and acquired the skills necessary to read and discuss simple literary texts.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Start using basic grammatical and syntactic structures of Italian, understand and use basic idiomatic and conversational forms appropriately in a limited number of informal and formal settings;
- Be able to interpret and synthesize information from simple texts about the self, other people and places from a variety of audio-visual media;
- Be able to use a basic vocabulary from a range of basic, day-to-day communicative situations about the self, family, occupations and pastimes;
- Be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet;
- Become familiar with Italian cultural traditions and practices, and to appreciate regional diversity;
- Develop a differentiated and informed understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange – apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity;
- Acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads – develop analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organize and integrate information;
- Develop an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical context.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have acquire written and oral communication skills through a range of diverse assessment tasks;
- be able to demonstrate time management and planning skills through completion of assessment and other required in-class activities;
- have developed confidence in public speaking and presentational skills;
- have honed interactional and intercultural communication skills;
- have developed critical self-awareness and an openness to new ideas and new aspects of language and culture.
Last updated: 25 August 2020