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Academic Year 2024/2025

Italian Language I b (ITAL10030)

Arts & Humanities
Languages, Cultures & Linguis
1 (Introductory)
Module Coordinator:
Assoc Professor Paolo Acquaviva
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus
Internship Module:
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

This module is primarily conceived for students who started Italian as beginners in the previous term, and it assumes familiarity with the basic features of the Italian language as presented in ITAL10020 - Italian Language I a. However, any student with a comparable advanced-beginner competece may register, without necessarily having taken ITAL10020, as long as they are already familiar with the structures introduced in it (including reflexive verbs amd passato prossimo). Building on this basis, the module completes the overview of the main linguistic structures used in daily communication, and introduces vocabulary relative to the main aspects of everyday life, bringing students to master simple connected texts and conversations. Tuition in small groups involves language production and reception, orally and in writing. Small group tuition implies that students are expected to take an active role in the language practice in class. Students who have achieved at least a B grade in this module are deemed to have reached the standard of the Common European Framework of Reference level A2 in most competencies.

In-module repeats of select component elements may be made available during this module for students.
Any in-module repeat is only available to students who have already sat and failed an in-term component; it carries a one-grade penalty; and it does not extend to orals or RDS exams.

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should demonstrate an ability to:
1 communicate in routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters to do with work and free time, and sustain a short conversation in Italian about predictable matters, centred on themselves and incorporating short accounts of past or future actions;
2 understand simple texts, deducing the meaning of unknown terms, and write simple descriptions or accounts of matters of personal significance involving some variety in the use of tenses;
3 appropriately use the structures covered in ITAL10020, plus the choice of tenses including the future, the compound perfect (passato prossimo), and the imperfect, as well as clitic pronouns (direct and indirect objects) and the particles ne and ci;
4 construct coherent short texts of simple interlinked sentences using the present tense and an appropriate choice of imperfect or passato prossimo, and future or isolated conditional forms when appropriate.

Indicative Module Content:

Grammatical dimension:
Weeks 1-4: review of the basic elements (noun and adjectives, articles, prepositions including combined with articles, possessives; present of verbs); imperfect and compound perfect (passato prossimo), future of regular verbs, including reflexive verbs, and of the most common irregular ones.
Weeks 5-9: basic instances of conditional present, limited to formulaic expressions; use of clitic (non-stressed) pronouns,;
Weeks 10-12: comparative, particles, and pluperfect (trapassato prossimo);

Communicative dimension:
Introducing oneself and interact with a partner in a conversation using common expressions and descriptive vocabulary (about appearance and personality); relate events about daily routines, past experiences, likes and dislikes, and formulate simple plans.
Gist comprehension of short texts with simple vocabulary and content appropriate to this level, displaying some variety in grammatical forms of verbs. Audiovisual practice and class practice complement these receptive skills.

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching takes place in small groups. All groups follow the same week-by-week schedule, so that the same topics are covered in the same week (not necessarily in the same day). Active participation and constant practice are key, and so students are expected to attend all classes and take an active role in all activities.
Class activities mix explanation, individual practice, and group work. The linguistic structures, the vocabulary, and the abilities to be covered are presented by means of the textbooks and of additional material provided by teachers. The coverage of the grammar syllabus thus takes place through conversational practice in class and work on the textbooks; this provides the core vocabulary.
Conversational practice in class will gradually be emphasized, as basis for the short (10 minutes) conversation that will constitute the oral exam. A set of pre-recorded short clips on Brightspace are avalable throughout the term to provide grammatical reference and to facilitate revision.
Students are constantly involved in activities and exercises, chosen and managed group by group. The exercises that go towards the final grade (one class test and two online quizzes on Brightspace) are the same for all groups. More detailed information and a week-by-week syllabus of topics (with the dates of the quizzes and of the test) is provided in Brightspace.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Some familiarity with the language is necessary, possibly minimal

Learning Exclusions:

absolute beginners

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ITAL10100 - Italian Language I NonBeginner, LANG10010 - Italian Gen Purp 1, LANG10070 - Italian Gen Purp 2, LANG20180 - Italian Gen Purp 3


Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Quizzes/Short Exercises: one class test Week 7 Other No


Quizzes/Short Exercises: two online quizzes on Brightspace Week 3, Week 11 Other No


Exam (In-person): tw-hour end-of-term written examination End of trimester
2 hr(s)
Other No


Practical Skills Assessment: 10-minute oral exam (conversation with examiners) in WEEK 13, immediately after the end of the teaching term Week 12 Graded No



Carry forward of passed components

Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The two online quizzes are graded automatically and lead to post-assessment individual and class feedback. The class test is corrected and returned quickly, with individual and class feedback and class discussion of the main trends emerging. The textbook exercises facilitate self-assessment throughout the trimester.

M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, A. Petri, A. Vilagrasa, Al dente 1: Corso di italiano per stranieri. Casa delle lingue.
(Campus Bookshop)
M. Birello, S. Bonafaccia, F. Bosc, G. Licastro, A. Vilagrasa, Al dente 2: Corso di italiano per stranieri. Casa delle lingue.
(Campus Bookshop)

Extra materials will be presented in class

Name Role
Assoc Professor Paolo Acquaviva Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Ursula Fanning Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Matteo Leta Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Gabriele Diana Tutor