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This subject is designed to provide students with an analytical and comprehensive understanding of Italian usage. Topics will vary, and may include contrastive analysis of English and Italian, varieties of Italian, dialects, geographical variation, history of the Italian language, topics in applied linguistics. This subject is both descriptive and practical and is intended to give students a better understanding of Italian in its many contexts.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret a range of different data types relevant to understanding Italian language;
- have improved one's written and spoken communication skills in academic and professional contexts;
- be specialized in the core area of Italian linguistics, focusing on structure, pronunciation and variation;
- have developed an ability to apply and combine research and practical skills in a specialist area;
- be able to interpret and discuss key elements in Italian language structure and regional and social diversity in Italy;
- have developed a critical understanding of linguistic structures and patterns in Italian and Italy;
- be able to apply a wide range of learning techniques (in Italian and English) as autonomous, and well-organised learners;
- be able to act confidently in Italian-speaking milieus and operate an awareness of linguistic differences in the Italian context.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have an improved understanding of social 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 language and culture, and by formulating arguments;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
- have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 15 July 2020