BA Linguistics and Italian / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Italian Language 5

Course unit fact file
Unit code ITAL51050
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course is aimed at students who have an A-level qualification in the Italian language and who have also successfully completed one year of language study in Italian at university level (Italian Language 3).

The course is intended to strengthen competence in the Italian language by consolidating students’ command of a variety of grammatical structures with a focus on cultural aspects of contemporary Italian life.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Italian Language 3 ITAL51030 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
ITAL20210 Pre & Co-Requisite

Pre-requisite: ITAL51030 - ITALIAN LANGUAGE 3 or equivalent competency in the language 


  • develop main language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) as well as cultural awareness in preparation for the period of residence in Italy
  • complement classes and tutor-directed learning with a programme of independent language learning available via Blackboard (virtual learning environment), including tasks, discussions and on-line surgeries

Knowledge and understanding

  • A broad, 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 situations
  • Knowledge of aspects of the culture, communities and language of Italy
  • Intercultural awareness, understanding and competence

Intellectual skills

This course develops abilities to:

  • Use language creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences
  • Contextualise information from a variety of perspectives
  • Extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
  • Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned 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 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 & Composition 1 (informative text) 




Diagnostic grammar test 




Weekly take-home activities 




Semester 2

One piece of ACW: Listening & Composition 2 (argumentative text) 




Weekly take-home activities 






An oral examination 





A written examination with grammar 






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 indicate problem areas and allow questions and discussion (delivered orally in class/posted to Blackboard/as a handout).



Recommended reading

  • CORE TEXTBOOK: Cellinese, A., Voci italiane. Contemporary Readings for Intermediate to Advanced Students, Routledge: 2022  

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

  • T. Oliver-Federici, Developing Writing Skills in Italian (Oxon: Routledge, 2009) 

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

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

  • M. Maiden and C. Robustelli, A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian, 2nd edn (London: Arnold, 2007)  

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

  • T. De Mauro, 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 3 hours per week to work on the various language skills. 

Free Choice by approval of the Programme Director for Italian and the Language Tutor

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