Prerequisite: IT301 – Beginners Italian, or equivalent ability to A2 of the CEFR must be demonstrated
OverviewThis module is the natural follow-on for those who have, in the previous academic year, successfully taken an intensive beginners Italian course such as IT301, and who have covered the basics of grammar, acquired a stock of high frequency vocabulary and reached a degree of proficiency beyond GCSE and approaching A-level (A2 way stage in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference).
IT508 is designed to allow students, upon completion, to demonstrate a level of ability up to the B2 threshold, turning students into independent users of Italian, in both oral and written contexts. The course is thus also designed to prepare students for their year abroad and independent life in Italy as a foreign country. IT508 is an intensive course, which develops the student's active and passive aural and written skills.
This module appears in:
Total Contact Hours: 80
Method of assessment
• Essay (500 words) – 10%
• English to Italian Translation – 10%
• Guided Comprehension – 10%
• Grammar In-Course Test 1 (40 minutes) – 10%
• Grammar In-Course Test 2 (40 minutes) – 10%
• Audio-visual Comprehension In-Course Test (40 minutes) – 10%
• Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
• Oral Examination (10-15 minutes) – 10%
Linda Cusimano, Luciana Ziglio. (2015) Nuovo Espresso Volume 3, Alma Edizioni, Firenze.
Oxford Essential Italian Dictionary (2010, OUP)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate increased vocabulary, improved knowledge and critical understanding of the Italian language;
8.2 Demonstrate enhanced skills in Italian speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation;
8.3 Demonstrate familiarity with sources of information which will be useful during the year abroad, i.e. students will know how to apply their knowledge and understanding of the language in new and varied contexts;
8.4 Show a good knowledge of Italian through translation and essay writing, and by summarising material and expressing opinions on a variety of topics;
8.5 Converse with a native speaker of Italian on course topics;
8.6 Demonstrate the ability to write in good and grammatically correct Italian, in formal and informal contexts.