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In this subject students will be exposed to, and will work through, a number of different styles and registers. Students will undertake the study of selected literary and non-literary texts for the purpose of extending vocabulary and practising Italian conversation. By the end of the semester, students should have learnt to identify, and correctly use, the main registers of Italian, spoken and written. Students should also have improved their composition skills, and acquired the ability to discuss in Italian, both orally and in writing, extended prose texts.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and analyse a range of academic, literary, and popular culture texts;
- be able to communicate effectively in Italian in an academic and professional context and with a high degree of fluency and accuracy;
- be specialized in at least one of the five core areas of modern Italian literature, linguistics, history, cinema, and cultural studies;
- have refined analytical skills in the field of Italian studies and improve the ability to research and discuss key aspects of Italian studies with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
- have gained the capacity to engage in dialogue (in Italian) taking into consideration the diverse needs of the Italian local and academic community;
- have mastered a differentiated and informed understanding of the self and other and of cross-cultural exchange and gain a sophisticated understanding of the interaction between language and identity;
- be able to apply a wide range of learning techniques (in Italian and English) as autonomous, motivated, self-directed and well-organised learners;
- be able to act confidently in Italian-speaking milieus and target culture, and work effectively in a cooperative way using both Italian and English.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have gained an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian culture, and by formulating arguments;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
- have gained skills in public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 1 March 2024