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Students continue to focus both practically and reflectively on Italian texts through reading and listening as a vehicle to contextually deepen their knowledge of contemporary Italian language and culture. Through the major theatre project and the weekly reading of contemporary Italian short stories, along with a series of dedicated lectures and tutorials, students also explore aspects of contemporary Italian literature, society and history. These themes will be explored further through an online virtual exchange with students in Italy. This subject assists students to develop a critical capacity enabling them to understand and analyse a variety of text types (film, music, mass media, literature, etc.). Students will also focus on specific language aspects, such as phonology, as a means to broaden their appreciation of the Italian language and develop an arsenal of diverse tools to strengthen their language learning.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and analyse a variety of texts and genres, both written and spoken, of a moderate level of complexity;
- be able to continue to consolidate and extend linguistic structures and vocabulary - use appropriate linguistic structures and lexical resources, including specialised terminology relating to specific literary, linguistic and cultural aspects of Italian-speaking communities, to communicate in Italian both in writing and speaking;
- have built on the introduction to certain aspects of the core areas of Italian Studies through specific focus on each through dedicated learning activities;
- be able to apply research methods appropriately to task;
- be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of Italian language and culture;
- be able to actively compare and contrast linguistic and cultural similarities and differences between Italian language and culture and other languages and cultures;
- through a range of tasks and class experiences, be able to apply a variety of learning techniques to further consolidate knowledge, understanding and ability in relation to Italian language and culture;
- have developed more sophisticated linguistic structures, particularly in relation the sequence of tenses in Italian.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically both in writing and orally through assessment (including technology-mediated activities), tutorial and online discussion and class presentations;
- have developed confidence in self-expression through participation in the subject at different levels and assessable presentations;
- have developed a range of IT literacy skills through online multimedia activities;
- have developed a team spirit and collaborative approach to learning through group work;
- be able to demonstrate time management and planning skills through completion of assessment and other required in-class activities;
- have honed interactional and intercultural communication skills;
- have learnt basic research skills and the use of a variety of reference materials.
Last updated: 20 February 2024