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ITAL9059 Italian Language Stage 3A

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language (TL) 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 module 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. Successful completion of the full Stage 3, over 2 semesters, is approximately equivalent to reaching Level B2 of the Common European Framework, between Levels 2 and 3 of the National Language Standards, Grade A or B at A Level. Taking this single semester module at Stage 3 will take you part of the way to the outcomes of the full Stage. You are encouraged to take a full language Stage if you want to make significant progress in the language you are learning. After completing this single semester module, as a competent language user at the midpoint of Stage 3, and after a notional 150 hours of study time (class contact plus independent learning), you should have skills, knowledge and understanding in the areas outlined below. These are expressed in terms of what you should know and/or be able to do by the end of this module.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Language learning strategies - Use a bilingual dictionary and standard grammar reference book to check grammar and a range of vocabulary, and to extend your knowledge.
  • Language knowledge and awareness - Have reasonable command of the basic grammatical structures of the TL and some complex ones.
  • Language knowledge and awareness - Have command of a range of vocabulary on familiar and some specialised topics.
  • Language knowledge and awareness - Know sufficient metalanguage (terminology), where necessary in English, to understand and construct a range of grammatical and lexical descriptions.
  • Have a basic understanding of appropriate interactional behaviour and intercultural differences in such behaviour
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of aspects of the target language culture relevant to your studies, such as social issues and current events or topics of current interest in, for example, technology, law, art.
  • Language Learning Strategies - Reflect upon your language learning style and progress, and start to set appropriate learning goals
  • Language Learning strategies - Use a repertoire of skills in using resources for independent language learning in order to practise and extend vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation and the productive and receptive learning outcomes of this Stage. This repertoire to include using a monolingual dictionary, and a range of learning tasks with authentic video/aural/print materials and computer-based resources.
  • Language learning strategies - Be prepared to take risks in trying out the language and start to monitor your performance.
  • Language learning strategies - Read, watch or otherwise engage with current media in the TL on a regular, if limited, basis.
  • Communication strategies - Negotiate meaning and opinions appropriately with another TL user on familiar topics, and also on some specialised ones.
  • Communication strategies - Deploy a range of reading and listening skills which enable you to understand the main points and gist of written and spoken language on familiar topics, and also on some specialised ones.
  • Language knowledge and awareness - Identify and produce with some accuracy most individual TL sounds and some sound sequences.
  • Language knowledge and awareness - Be aware of a limited range of registers.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Learning, research and organisational skills
  • Communication skills: written, oral, and IT
  • Intercultural and interpersonal skills
  • Time management
  • Perseverance
  • Development of memory
  • Attention to detail
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
  • engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
  • develop problem-solving skills.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Classes 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. Independent Learning You will also 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 language 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 Language Resource Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University where relevant, such as the Hartley Library. These facilities include on-line and computer-based resources, films on DVD, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories, satellite TV, and self-access materials. Some of the resources are available on short loan. 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.

Independent Study114
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. You will be expected to have a good bilingual dictionary and to buy a course book for this module but there will also be a large number of resources made available via Blackboard, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Language Resource Centre (LRC). The Centre for Language Study (CLS) is continually updating its facilities and materials for independent language learning (described under Independent Learning above) and you will find many of the recommended learning and reference materials in the Language Resource Centre (LRC),



Assessment Strategy

At the beginning of the module, 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. Note that 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. Assessment will cover what you have studied in class and what you are expected to have acquired as an independent learner. The design of the tasks and the criteria by which they are assessed ensure that you will be able to demonstrate all aspects of your learning: language skills, strategies and knowledge related to language learning, and key skills. Coursework and the in-class exam will give you formative feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The exam at the end of the module will test what you have achieved and also what you are able to do in real life conditions of language use where you need to think on your feet and use your own linguistic resources.


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 40%
Examination 60%

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Stage 2; good AS Level; Grade C or D at A Level; or equivalent.

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