ITALIAN STAGE 3 - 2017/8

Module code: ITAL028

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

SALLER C Ms (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



Global Graduate Award

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 112

Lecture Hours: 38

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN-CLASS WRITTEN TEST 40

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Italian Stage 2 or equivalent

Module overview

This is a module of the Global Graduate Award in Languages programme. It is taught over 19 weeks in the autumn and spring semesters, two contact hours per week, and covers the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. It also offers an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aims to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target language and for work or study periods abroad.

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module aims

In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: encourage students to further develop their communicative competence in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)

consolidate the use of basic grammatical structures and explore new structures

increase the Italian vocabulary used in everyday communication and some specific contexts

encourage students to develop their awareness of some main aspects of Italian culture

take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints

analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers

reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour

become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices

communicate with others in culturally appropriate ways

In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to: encourage students to self-assess their progress and map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

support students in acquiring language learning strategies and techniques

inspire independent learning and facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Students are equipped with the linguistic means to communicate successfully in the target language. Students achieve a high level of accuracy and fluency at a given level of proficiency and are able to understand and evaluate information
Present information
Communicate using appropriate registers
Produce texts at varying levels of formality 
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: Interact in Italian in a range of predictable and some unpredictable situations KPT
Understand and interpret spoken and written Italian in a range of topics in familiar and some unfamiliar contexts  KCP
Categorise a broader range of text types KC
Organise and present ideas on predictable and some unpredictable topics PT
Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources PT
Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered KC
Demonstrate a degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of Italian at this level KC
Pronounce individual sounds of Italian with a degree of accuracy KC
Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Topic areas

consolidation of social introductions, personal details, daily routine, leisure pursuits

complaints, enquiries, negotiations involving shopping, restaurants, hotels, buying tickets


accommodation and small ads

world of work

extension of telephone

letter writing, basics of job applications and CVs


consolidation of numbers, dates, alphabet

consolidation of present, future, simple past, imperfect and imperative

conditional present

present subjunctive

compound tenses

infinitive constructions

impersonal use of si

extension of negatives

extension of adverbs

comparative and superlative of adjectives and adverbs

relative pronouns

object pronouns

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;

Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;

Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;

Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study;

Develop communication skills through interactions in class.



The learning and teaching methods include:


Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2

Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible.

Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.

Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.

Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


·         their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;

·         their growing ability to understand and produce Italian at the relevant level;

·         their increasing awareness of Italian culture and the Italian-speaking world;

·         the level of Italian they have achieved at the end of the course.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

An integrated skills portfolio of 6 coursework tasks, covering the fours skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing

End-of-course in-class test, covering the skills of reading and writing


Formative assessment and feedback


Students will receive written feedback and in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.    

Reading list

Reading list for ITALIAN STAGE 3 :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.