Learning Italian 2 (Intermediate) - IT508

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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5 30 (15) DR A Sforza Tarabochia


Prerequisite: IT301 – Beginners Italian, or equivalent ability to A2 of the CEFR must be demonstrated





This 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 bring students from A2 level to B1 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:

Contact hours

This module will be taught by means of three one-hour language seminars and a one-hour conversation workshop for 20 weeks.

Total Contact Hours: 80.

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by 30% coursework, 30% in-course test, and 40% examination.

Preliminary reading

Indicative Reading:

Maria Balì, Luciana Ziglio. (2014) Nuovo Espresso Volume 2, Alma Edizioni, Firenze.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 demonstrate and apply in practice knowledge and understanding of the grammar and structure of the Italian language;
2 critically understand spoken Italian in conversation and through a variety of media;
3 effectively communicate orally in Italian, in formal and informal contexts;
4 critically understand written Italian from a variety of sources;
5 effectively write in Italian, in formal and informal contexts;

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