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Academic Year 2024/2025

Italian Language I NonBeginner (ITAL10100)

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 directed at students who already had some knowledge of Italian before the start of the academic year, corresponding to Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. Students taking this module can expect to consolidate their abilities and make up for any major gaps, relating communicative skills to grammatical awareness to reach a uniform level across all aspects of language competence. 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.
By the end of the module, individual abilities can still vary depending on the their initial level, but all students obtaining a grade of B or above will be deemed to have reached in all abilities at least a standard corresponding to the level A2 of the Common European Framework, reaching B1 level in some aspects of production or reception. This will allow them to make the most use of all higher-level Italian language modules in which all students are non-beginners without distinction.

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

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

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group




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:

Students registering to this module should have reached a standard of proficiency in Italian at least equivalent to that required for the Leaving Certificate or equivalent, whether by formal study or otherwise. A competence limited to communicative or grammatical abilities alone can be sufficient.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ITAL10030 - Italian Language I b


Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered

Not yet recorded.

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 texbook exercises facilitate self-assessment throughout the trimester.

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