ITAL20010 Italian Language II a

Academic Year 2020/2021

This is the third of a series of modules leading to proficiency in Italian at university level. It builds on and develops the work done in Level 1 modules (Italian Language Ia/ITAL10020 and Italian Language Ib/ITAL10030), aiming above all at improving the skills necessary to understand written and spoken Italian, to communicate effectively in Italian, in both written and spoken form, and to render and explain in clear English a range of Italian texts, documents, utterances, etc. The course consists of 1 recorded grammar lecture, 2 classes in live online streaming, and 1 extra optional practice session each week. Students are expected to engage fully with the online tuition (the two live online classes and the pre-recorded grammar lecture); those who cannot attend the additional practice session on campus will not be at a disadvantage, as that session is entirely optional and its function is to support autunomous study for those who can attend, by facilitating spoken interaction. The two live online classes cover the grammatical and communicative syllabus and develop oral, aural, written and spoken skills, but more specifically one focuses on translation from Italian into English, while the other places particular stress on developing language abilities through written and spoken communication. Students who achieve at least a B grade in this module will be deemed to have reached CEFR Level B1.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students should be able to: 1. write clear Italian short texts appropriate to specific purposes; 2. communicate clearly and effectively in spoken Italian, in a number of given situations; 3. comprehend, explain, summarise and translate passages of Italian prose at the required level; 4. show the required mastery of specified grammatical rules

Indicative Module Content:

The activities of this module will broadly follow a sequence of three main topics:
• La vita al tempo deel virus
• La vita universitaria (University life)
• Il mondo del lavoro in Italia (The job market in Italy)

Grammar topics:

Revision of past tenses;

Revision of nouns, pronouns, verbs in the present tense
Revision of past tenses (passato prossimo, imperfetto) of regular and irregular verbs
Passato remoto
Subjunctive - genralities, uses of the present
Subjunctive - past tenses

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Tuition takes place in groups. Each week of tuition has two online classes in live streaming, and one recorded 'grammar lecture' that's available online. In addition there is an optional face-to-face practice session on campus, which is entirely facultative and does not cover new ground, so that those who cannot attend are not disadvantaged. Students are expected to attend and participate actively to all online classes. The grammar points learned will feature in translation and composition exercises and assignments. The topics provide a broad coherence to the vocabulary introduced in the various stages of the module, and they will feed in to exercises and assignments.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This is part 1 of an intermediate language course. To enrol for it students must have passed ITAL 10030 (Italian Language Ib) or equivalent. They should not take this module if they do not have the required standard. If in doubt they should contact the module coordinator.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ITAL10030 - Italian Language I b

LANG10010 - Italian Gen Purp 1, LANG10070 - Italian Gen Purp 2, LANG20180 - Italian Gen Purp 3

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: end-of-term timed online examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Class Test: 2 timed online tests Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: 2 homework assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Continuous assessment is scheduled throughout the course. The Designated exercises will be individually marked and group feedback will be given to students no later than two weeks after the exercises are submitted. Class tests will be individually marked and group feedback will be given to students the week after each test has been completed. Students will sit a final two-hour exam in December.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Paolo Acquaviva Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ruth Chester Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Francesco Lucioli Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Mina Ricci Tutor