The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word ‘communicate’ in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the course aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken.
Aims and Objectives
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Being proficient in and knowing how to learn a foreign language is a key skill in its own right
- Intercultural and interpersonal skills
- Communication skills: written, oral, and IT
- Learning, research and organisational skills
This Stage will integrate topics and, where appropriate, specialist areas with the study of the language. Course books, reference material and topic-based material will be used as appropriate. Much of the material will be derived from authentic print and audio-visual media.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small group and pair work, role play, and individual or group presentations. As much of the class as possible will be taught in the target language. While all this may seem daunting, the tutor will give you plenty of support to build your confidence and, particularly in the case of assessed work, will provide feedback which will help you to improve.
You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the Stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers. You are encouraged to use the facilities in the Centre for Language Study Resources Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University. These include on-line and computer-based resources, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories and satellite TV, and self-access materials. For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work, to read, watch or listen to material in the target language, to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write assignments, undertake projects and continue to build a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.
|Completion of assessment task||30|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||40|
|Wider reading or practice||50|
|Total study time||300|
Resources & Reading list
Denise De Rôme. Soluzioni, A Practical Grammar of Contemporary Italian. Hodder Education.
Mara Benetti, Carmela Murtas and Caterina Varchetta. Italian 2. Palgrave Foundations.
Mara Benetti, Carmela Murtas, Caterina Varchetta. Italian 1. Palgrave foundations.
At the beginning of the course, you will receive information about your assessment.
This will include
- what tasks you will be expected to carry out
- clear criteria against which your work will be assessed
- what the provisional date and deadline of each assessment task is. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that they have read and understood this documentation, to plan their work schedule in advance, and to keep to the deadlines.
A number of assignments, which may include some of the following tasks:
- Writing tasks
- Oral tasks
- Grammar and vocabulary tests
- Listening/viewing tasks
Semester 1 (15%)
- 2 hour written exam
Semester 2 (45%)
- Listening / viewing test (10%)
- 2 hour written exam (35%)
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Integrative Multi Skill Assignment||25%|
|Integrative Multi Skill Assignment||25%|
|Attendance and engagement||5%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal