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Students will consolidate and develop their ability to communicate in Italian while improving their understanding of Italian culture. A range of authentic media will be used to explore key themes in modern Italian society. This subject is designed for students with some prior knowledge, or experience, of the language, spoken and written. By the end of the semester, students should have attained a moderate level of complexity in speaking, listening, reading and writing of Italian, allowing them to expand their ability to engage in discussion, as well as to read, understand and produce a range of texts.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and analyse a range of different popular media genres such as film and television and short literary texts;
- be able to use confidently an expanded vocabulary from a range of communicative situations about contemporary themes. Use increasingly complex grammatical and syntactic structures of Italian and produce connected text on topics that are familiar and of personal interest;
- be able to apply relevant research and analytical skills to the study of Italian contemporary and cultural themes;
- have developed an increased knowledge of Italian cultural traditions and practices, and to appreciate regional diversity in Italy;
- have developed 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;
- have improved time management and planning skills - improve analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organize and integrate information;
- have developed an improved understanding of Italian-speaking contexts and target culture, and work effectively in a cooperative way using Italian and English as a media.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have acquired 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 skill;
- 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 through a reflective approach to learning.
Last updated: 22 January 2020