Italian Upper Intermediate B2 - IT563

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 4)
Autumn and Spring
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5 30 (15) DR F Capello


ITAL3080 (IT308); or equivalent ability to B1 of the CEFR must be demonstrated





This module is an intermediate level module. Its aims are to strengthen and widen the linguistic knowledge provided in ITAL3080, to consolidate students' vocabulary and improve their knowledge of written and spoken Italian through immersion in a variety of texts, and to practise translation skills both from and into Italian.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 60

Method of assessment

• Essay (500 words) – 10%
• English to Italian Translation – 10%
• Guided Comprehension – 10%
• Grammar Test 1 (40 minutes) – 10%
• Grammar Test 2 (40 minutes) – 10%
• Audio-visual Comprehension Test (40 minutes) – 10%
• Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
• Oral Examination (10-15 minutes) – 10%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading:

Oxford Essential Italian Dictionary (2010, OUP)
Balì, M., Ziglio, L. (2014) Nuovo Espresso Volume 2, Alma Edizioni, Firenze.
De Giuli, A., Guastalla, C., Massimo Naddeo, C. (2014) Nuovo Magari B2. Alma Edizioni, Firenze
Tartaglione, R. (2001) Grammatica Italiana, Alma Edizioni Firenze.
Nocchi, S. (2002) Italian Grammar in Practice, Alma Edizioni Firenze

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate increased vocabulary and improved knowledge and critical understanding of the Italian language;
8.2 Demonstrate perfected 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 have learned how to apply their knowledge and understanding of the language in new and varied contexts;
8.4 Show a sophisticated knowledge of Italian through translation and essay writing, and by summarising and expressing opinions on a variety of topics;
8.5 Converse with a native speaker of Italian on current issues and course topics;
8.6 Demonstrate the ability to write in a good and grammatically correct Italian, using a variety of registers and a complex vocabulary, paraphrasing and translating from English to Italian.

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