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Module

SML4004 : Intermediate Italian

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Barbara Guidarelli
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will focus on consolidating students’ competence in Italian. It will reinforce students’ grammatical and lexical knowledge of the language and contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of aspects of the history, politics, society and culture of Italy. The module also aims to prepare students for more specialist study in Italian Studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is designed as an enhancement to the knowledge of the language and culture of Italy acquired in the module ‘Introduction to Italian language and culture’. It will also cover selected aspects of Italian Studies (e.g. film, politics, history). On the language learning side, there will be text comprehension, Italian grammar, composition, general oral work, and listening exercises.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Structured Homework
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities361:0036:00Structured online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present in Person and/or online synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Online Synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Online synchronous
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Practical language skills and knowledge can best be acquired in an interactive classroom setting. As this is a language module it is more classroom-based than the other optional (content) modules offered in the School, hence the higher number of contact hours.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis some of the contact hours will be delivered face to face and some will be delivered online.

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN ITALIAN.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50Present in Person or take-home paper
Oral Examination152M25PiP or online
Aural Examination402M25Present in Person or take-home paper
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M2 pieces of written work set throughout the Semester in the target language.
Written Examination2MMock
Written exercise2M2 pieces of written work set throughout the Semester in the target language
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

1. In the 120 mins written examination students will answer questions which directly relate to the skills learned during the 'reading and writing skills' part of the course: comprehension exercises and writing tasks. This assessment will test students' ability to write or type in the target language. Students are allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check/grammar check has been disabled.

2. The oral examination will consist of a conversation with the teacher covering cultural issues studied in class and about aspects of the students' academic and social life. For the cultural side of the conversation picture prompts may be used. This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to discuss with a target language speaker directly and spontaneously.

Reading Lists

Timetable