ITAL20080 Italian Language II b

Academic Year 2020/2021

This is the fourth in a series of modules leading to proficiency in Italian at university level, consolidating European Framework Level B1 and moving towards B2 It is aimed at students who have successfully completed the second-year module ITAL20010 or have reached level B1 of the CEFR. Students who achieve at least a B grade in this module will be deemed to have reached CEFR Level B2. Its main objectives is to provide students with the necessary knowledge to 1) develop in-depth comprehension of a range of Italian materials, in written and oral format; 2) communicate opinions on a range of topics, accurately and effectively, in written texts and oral conversation; 3) demonstrate the required proficiency in translation. The course consists of 3 weekly classes in live online streaming: 2-hour small groups (1 hour Conversation and 1 hour Translation) and 1-hour seminar (Grammar). These classes focus on grammatical structures, oral skills, comprehension of written texts, and translation from Italian into English. Students are expected to engage fully with the live online classes.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Produce grammatically accurate written texts on various topics, demonstrating their ability to express opinions in clear Italian;
2. communicate clearly and effectively in spoken Italian on topics of personal interest and other topics studied during the programme;
3. deliver a short, well-structured oral presentation on a prepared topic in Italian;
4. comprehend, explain, summarise and translate passages of Italian prose at the required level;
5. demonstrate the required mastery of increasingly complex grammatical rules through reflection on the grammatical structure of texts and their subsequent translation.

Indicative Module Content:

Please note that the following outline is subject to change.

Conversation Topics:
1. Immigrazione in Italia e gli italiani della seconda generazione (Immigration in Italy and second-generation Italians)
2. Essere giovani in Italia oggi (Italian youth)
3. La creatività italiana (Italian creativity)

Grammar topics:
- Uses of the conditionals
- Uses of the subjunctives
- If clause (Periodo ipotetico)
- The passive form
- Revision of tenses and verbs
- Exams' preparation

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

40

Autonomous Student Learning

24

Small Group

24

Seminar (or Webinar)

12

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The course consists of 2 online live streaming components: Small Groups/Practicals (2 hours: 1 Conversation and 1 Translation) and Seminars/Tutorials (1 hour: Grammar) for a total of 3 weekly classes in online live streaming. Classes will take place online, and are scheduled according to the university timetable. Students are expected to attend and participate actively to all online classes. In addition to that, full engagement with material and tasks made accessible in Brightspace is expected every week. 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 2 of an intermediate language course. It presupposes that students have passed ITAL 10030 (Italian Language Ib) or equivalent, and completed ITAL 20010 (Italian Language IIa) 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.

Learning Exclusions:

This is part 2 of an intermediate language course. It presupposes that students have passed ITAL 10030 (Italian Language Ib) or equivalent, and completed ITAL 20010 (Italian Language IIa) 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.

Learning Recommendations:

This is part 2 of an intermediate language course. It presupposes that students have passed ITAL 10030 (Italian Language Ib) or equivalent, and completed ITAL 20010 (Italian Language IIa) 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
Pre-requisite:
ITAL10030 - Italian Language I b

Co-requisite:
ITAL20010 - Italian Language II a

Incompatibles:
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: Two-hour written paper 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No

40

Continuous Assessment: 4 homework assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No

20

Oral Examination: Individual interview in Italian (week 13) Unspecified n/a Graded No

20

Class Test: 3 tests during class time Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No

20


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn 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. Students will be asked to complete 4 Designated Exercises which will be individually marked and group feedback will be given to students no later than two weeks after the exercises are submitted. The 3 Class tests will be individually graded and group feedback will be given to students the week after each test has been completed.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Paolo Acquaviva Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Enrica Ferrara Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Bianca Rita Cataldi Tutor
Ruth Chester Tutor
Dr Enrica Ferrara Tutor
Mrs Alessia Riccardi Tutor
Ms Mina Ricci Tutor