Italian Lower Intermediate B1 - ITAL3080

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 30 (15) Wissia Fiorucci checkmark-circle


This module is for Post-A-level students and students who have mastered level A2 but not yet B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). On successfully completing the module students will have mastered level B1. The emphasis in this course is on furthering knowledge of the structure of the language as well as vocabulary and cultural insights while further developing the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 60
Private Study Hours: 240
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Group Oral In-Course Test (5 minutes per student) – 20%
Listening Comprehension Assignment (400 words) – 20%
Language Skills Assignment (equivalent to 600 words) – 30%
Written Assignment 1 (300 words) – 15%
Written Assignment 2 (300 words) – 15%

Reassessment methods
• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Balli, M. and Rizzo, G. and Ziglio, L. (2014), Nuovo Espresso: Libro Studente 3 (B1). Alma Edizioni: Firenze.
(2013), Oxford Compact Italian Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
(2011), Oxford Italian Mini Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, and leisure;
2 Understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency every day or job-related language and most texts likely to encountered whilst travelling an area where the
language is spoken;
3 Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken and enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of
personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events);
4 Write simple connected texts on topics that are familiar or of personal interest, including letters, describing experiences and impressions;
5 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Italian culture;
6 Get by, with sufficient grammar to express themselves with some hesitation and circumlocutions on topics such as family, hobbies and interests, work, travel, and current
7 Demonstrate improved confidence in the interpretation of texts in another language.

The subject specific learning outcomes comply with the requirements/specifications for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, level B1.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate problem-solving in individual and team work;
2 Use resources independently;
3 Manage their time and prioritise workload;
4 Use information technology effectively.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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