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Italian 3 is designed for students with some prior knowledge, or experience, of the language, spoken and/or written. The focus in this subject is on developing students’ ability to understand text and, through an approach which privileges listening and reading, students further develop their understanding of the Italian language. A series of lectures on key aspects of Italian language and culture supports this development. Through an online virtual exchange, students have the opportunity to put their language abilities to use in an authentic context with young people of a similar age in Italy. By the end of the semester, students will 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 read and interpret short literary texts fluently, relatively unaided and with confidence ;
- 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 November 2023