Italian Intermediate B1-B2 (Intensive) - ITAL5080

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 30 (15) Alvise Sforza Tarabochia checkmark-circle


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 ITAL3010 (Italian Beginners A1-A2 (Intensive)), 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 waystage in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference).

This module is designed to allow students, upon completion, to demonstrate a level of ability up to 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. This module is an intensive course, which develops the student's active and passive aural and written skills.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 80
Private Study Hours: 220
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

• Essay (600 words) – 15%
• English to Italian Translation Assignment (400 words) – 15%
• Guided Comprehension Assignment (500 words) – 15%
• Audio-visual Comprehension In-Course Test (40 minutes) – 15%
• Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
• Oral Examination (15 minutes) – 10%

Reassessment methods

• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Cusimano, L. & Ziglio, L. (2015). Nuovo Espresso Volume 3, Alma Edizioni, Firenze.
Oxford Essential Italian Dictionary (2010). 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 Demonstrate increased vocabulary, improved knowledge and critical understanding of the Italian language;
2 Demonstrate enhanced skills in Italian speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation;
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;
4 Show knowledge of Italian through translation and essay writing, and by summarising material and expressing opinions on a variety of topics;
5 Converse with a native speaker of Italian on course topics;
6 Demonstrate the ability to write grammatically correct Italian, in formal and informal contexts.

The subject specific learning outcomes comply with the requirements/specifications for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, level B2.

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

1. Demonstrate key skills such as oral and written communication;
2 Demonstrate improved confidence in the interpretation of texts in another language;
3 Manage their time and prioritise workloads;
4 Use learning resources independently;
5 Demonstrate mental agility and analytical capacity.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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