ITAL20010 Italian Language II a

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is the third of a series of modules leading to proficiency in Italian at university level. It builds on and develops the work done in Level 1 modules (Italian Language Ia/ITAL10020 and Italian Language Ib/ITAL10030), aiming above all at improving the skills necessary to understand and communicate in Italian, in both written and spoken form. The course consists of 3 weekly classes and takes a holistic approach. The classes cover the grammatical and communicative syllabus and develop oral, aural, written and spoken skills. Students are expected to engage fully with the classes and the materials uploaded on Brightspace. Students who achieve grade B or higher in this module will have reached a level of competency approaching level B1 of the CEFR.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students should be able to:
1. write clear Italian short texts appropriate to specific purposes;
2. communicate clearly and effectively in spoken Italian, in a number of given situations;
3. comprehend, explain, summarise and translate passages of Italian prose at the required level;
4. show the required mastery of specified grammatical rules

Indicative Module Content:

The activities of this module will broadly follow the content of 'Al Dente 3' (Casa delle Lingue Edizioni) and four main topics:
• Music and emotions
• Sport and wellbeing
• Sustainable objects and environmental art
• Technology and communication

Grammar topics:
Unit 1: I pronomi relativi (ripasso) • Il congiuntivo presente • Il suffisso -ità • Alcuni verbi pronominali • I comparativi (ripasso) • le frasi oggettive (con verbi di opinione e di stato d'animo) • Congiuntivo o indicativo?
Unit 2: Il trapassato prossimo • Alcuni verbi pronominali • La preposizione da (funzione) • Alcuni indicatori temporali • I prefissi negativi s-, dis-, in- • Il superlativo relativo • Gli avverbi proprio e davvero • Le frasi limitative
Unit 3: I pronomi combinati • Il gerundio causale • Alcuni usi di ne • Le frasi concessive • Il congiuntivo passato
Unit 4: Gli aggettivi in -bile • Il prefisso negativo in- • Condizionale per notizie non verificate • Il futuro composto • I pronomi possessivi • Il passato prossimo e l’imperfetto di sapere e conoscere • Il pronome relativo chi • Le interrogative indirette

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Tuition takes place in groups. Each week of tuition has three classes.
Students are expected to attend and participate actively to all classes.
The grammar points learned will feature in peer-to-peer activities in class and assignments.
The topics provide a broad coherence to the vocabulary introduced in the various stages of the module, and they will feed in to exercises and assignments.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This is part 1 of an intermediate language course. To enrol for it students must have passed ITAL 10030 (Italian Language Ib) or equivalent. They should not take this module if they do not have the required standard. If in doubt they should contact the module coordinator.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ITAL10030 - Italian Language I b, ITAL10100 - Italian Language I NonBeginner

LANG10010 - Italian Gen Purp 1, LANG10070 - Italian Gen Purp 2, LANG20180 - Italian Gen Purp 3

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: 2 timed class tests Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: end-of-term examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Continuous assessment is scheduled throughout the course. Class tests will be individually marked and group feedback will be given to students the week after each test has been completed. Students will sit a final two-hour exam in December.

Name Role
Dr Sarah Culhane Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Gabriele Diana Tutor
Ms Mina Ricci Tutor