Italian Advanced C1 - IT506

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 3)
Autumn and Spring 6 30 (15) DR A Sforza Tarabochia checkmark-circle


The module develops advanced proficiency in writing, speaking and comprehending Italian. It concentrates on translation into Italian and English and the development of analytical skills in the production of written and spoken Italian. Translation exercises confront students with a variety of advanced texts in different styles and registers, and encourage accuracy and critical reflection as well as acquisition and consolidation of grammatical structures. The language skills component combines discursive writing on advanced topics with the development of proper oral competence through discussion. Conversation classes with a native speaker develop presentational ability, and enable students to speak fluently and idiomatically at the advanced level.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 60

Method of assessment

Translation In-Course Test (80 minutes) – 20%
Audio-visual Comprehension Assignment (Equivalent to 1,000 words) – 10%
Essay (700 words) – 10%
English to Italian Translation Assignment (500 words) – 10%
Italian to English Translation Assignment (500 words) – 10%
Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
Oral Examination (15 minutes) – 10%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Baker, M. (1992). In Other Words; A Coursebook on Translation, (London, Routledge, P306)
Zollo, M. and Wesson, A. (2006). Italian Grammar Made Easy (Abingdon: Hodder Arnold)
Oxford Essential Italian Dictionary (2010). Oxford: Oxford University Press)
Collins Italian Dictionary and Grammar (Collins Dictionary and Grammar) 2nd (second) Edition, (2010).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate consolidated and extended translation skills, as developed in the first and second years;
Demonstrate consolidated and extended ability to accurately recognise and use a range of registers in Italian, and gained enhanced sensitivity to the equivalent English registers;
Demonstrate perfected linguistic skills by means of studying grammatical and lexical subtleties of the Italian language;
Analyse and demonstrate a deep and cogent understanding of topics related to language and cultural studies, and the complex inter-relationships between such topics, in both Italian and English;
Demonstrate the benefit of having had regular oral practice in Italian on an extensive range of topics, including academic topics, at an advanced level.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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