BA Italian and Spanish / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Italian Language 4

Course unit fact file
Unit code ITAL51040
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This is a course unit for intermediate students who have successfully completed the Level 1 Italian Language 1 and Italian Language 2 course units (ITAL51011 and ITAL51022). It aims to revise, consolidate and extend students’ prior knowledge of Italian through a structured programme of taught classes and assessed coursework with a strong focus on a programme of independent language learning made available through Blackboard. The course also comprises discussions and on-line surgeries as well as a complementary series of oral classes to enhance listening and speaking skills as part of the preparation for the period of compulsory residence in Italy.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Italian Language 1 ITAL51011 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Italian Language 2 ITAL51022 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


Through this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the aspects of Italian grammar covered in class;
  • write compositions and summaries in Italian of Italian texts of an appropriate level of difficulty;
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the sounds and structures of Italian;
  • reflect upon and improve their language-learning capabilities;
  • use spoken Italian to cope with real-life situations and to discuss a variety of topics;
  • take responsibility for their own learning of Italian;
  • make use of the resources of the Language Centre, of the Internet and of the Blackboard virtual learning environment


A booklet with a detailed week-by-week language programme for the course will be distributed at the start of the academic year during week 1 of each term.

Students will also be expected to buy the following core text for the course:  

Gruppo Italiaidea, New Italian Espresso (Intermediate/Advanced), Florence: Alma Edizioni, 2021 

Teaching and learning methods

The course unit consists of face-to-face lectures and language tuition in spoken and written Italian, including language simulations, short essay writing, summary writing, and manipulation of texts.

The course also uses Blackboard extensively to supplement, support and manage aspects of learning and teaching.  

Given the nature of language learning, students are expected to attend all classes and to prepare adequately for them in order to be able to participate actively in class work and group activities. 

Knowledge and understanding

The course will develop:

-          An active knowledge of the topics covered in the grammar classes

-          An active knowledge of Italian grammar and basic awareness of the different registers of language

-          The ability to communicate with a degree of confidence and accuracy in written and spoken Italian, in a variety of real-life situations

 -          Knowledge of aspects of the culture, communities and languages of Italy

-  An awareness of, and responsiveness to, the nature and extent of cultural diversity

Intellectual skills

This course develops abilities to:

-          Use language creatively and precisely for purposes and audiences at an intermediate level

-          Extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources

-          Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured argument

-          Engage in critical and analytical thinking

Practical skills

These include:

-          Use and present material in the target language in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner

-          Ability to manage own learning

-          Use target language source materials appropriately

-          Access electronic resources and use information and communication technologies (ICT) appropriately, including the Internet and  Blackboard

Transferable skills and personal qualities

These include:

-          Communication and presentation skills: oral, written and IT

-          The ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team

-          Mediating skills and qualities of empathy

-          Self-reliance and adaptability

-          Intercultural awareness

-          Autonomy and independence

-          Time management skills

Employability skills

Communication skills are developed through individual presentations and teamwork; self-management skills are promoted through independent work and the production of a portfolio of language activities, and IT skills through web and computer assisted language learning. Finally, creative skills are fostered through creative writing and a task-orientated approach.

Assessment methods

Assessment task 

Formative or Summative 


Weighting within unit 

Semester 1

 One piece of ACW (reading & writing)  





Oral presentations





Weekly take-home activities  




Semester 2

One piece of ACW (listening & writing) 




Weekly take-home activities  




An oral examination




A written examination with a grammar section 





Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Individual written feedback on completed and marked assignments plus face-to-face discussion if desired.


In-class comments on homework, presentations and other exercises.


After each of the scheduled assignments, global feedback on frequent errors or omissions to identify problem areas and allow questions and discussion (delivered orally in class/posted to blackboard/as a handout).



Recommended reading

CORE: Balì, M., Rizzo, G., Ziglio, L., New Italian Espresso (Intermediate/Advanced), Florence: Alma Edizioni, 2021 (textbook and exercise book)

ESSENTIAL: De Rôme, D., Soluzioni. A Practical Grammar of Contemporary Italian, 4th edn (New York, NY; Oxon: Routledge, 2018)

RECOMMENDED: A. Proudfoot and F. Cardo, Modern Italian Grammar: A Practical Guide (London: Routledge, 2012, 3rd Edition)  

Racconti italiani / Italian Short Stories, Parallel Text, ed. N. Roberts, (Penguin: 1999)  

S. Adorni and K. Primorac, English Grammar for Students of Italian (London: Arnold, 1995)

D. De Rôme, Soluzioni! (London: Arnold, 2003)

M. Fernandez-Toro and F. Jones, DIY Techniques for Language Learners (London: Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, 2001)

S. Nocchi, Nuova grammatica pratica della lingua italiana (Firenze, Alma, 2015)

Dizionario inglese-italiano, italiano-inglese, 3rd edn (Turin: Paravia and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010 ebook)

De Mauro, T., Dizionario della lingua italiana (Turin: Paravia, 2000) 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Tutorials 66
Independent study hours
Independent study 134

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Monica Boria Unit coordinator

Additional notes

In order to meet the learning outcomes students are required to engage in regular independent language learning devoting an average of 4 hours per week to work on the various language skills. 

Free Choice by agreement from the Programme Director for Italian and the Language Tutor

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