ITAL30070 Italian Language III a

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is the fifth in a series of modules leading to proficiency in Italian at university level, consolidating European Framework Level B2 and moving towards Level C1. Students who have achieved at least a B grade in this module are deemed to be successfully progressing towards Level C1. The course builds on, perfects and expands the skills acquired in the previous language module (Italian Language IIb: ITAL20080), aiming in particular at further enhancing students' competence in writing in Italian, their comprehension of ever more complex written and spoken Italian utterances, their ability to communicate accurately and effectively in written and spoken Italian (on a wide range of topics connected with their own lives and interests, current Irish, Italian and world affairs, and the history and culture of Italy, Ireland, and other relevant countries), their mastery of grammatical notions and the intricacies of Italian grammar, and more generally their autonomy as learners of second languages. Students attend weekly classes concerned with communication 'in' Italian (listening, speaking, reading, writing etc.), and with communication 'out of' Italian (translating, annotation of translation, linguistic analysis, explaining, etc.) ['Seminar’ on timetable]. Assessment is through class tests, designated homework exercises, a written examination on the types of exercises practised throughout the module, and both aural and oral examinations at the end of the trimester. Students should note that they will need a good monolingual dictionary for this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: convey information and express views in Italian (related to the topics listed in the Module Description), in both written and spoken form, with accuracy and fluency; participate actively in Italian conversations, discussions and debates (on the topics listed in the Module Descriptor) carried out at near normal speed; translate effectively, elegantly, speedily and with awareness from Italian into English, in different registers; develop effective autonomous strategies for the learning of foreign languages.

Indicative Module Content:

Core topics are likely to include core grammar contents, such as the passato remoto; direct, indirect and combined object pronouns; comparatives and superlatives; differences in usage of the definite article between the two languages; passato prossimo vs imperfetto. Students will also be encouraged to suggest grammar topics that they wish to focus on.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The course consists of 2 components – ‘Small Groups’/’Practicals’ and ‘Seminars /Tutorials’– for a total of 3 weekly classes.
The ‘Small Groups’ (2 classes per week) will focus essentially on ‘production in Italian’ (writing, conversing, grammar revision, etc.), and the ‘Seminars’ (1 class per week) on ‘production out of Italian’ (translation, annotating translation, grammatical analysis etc.).
Active participation in class is required. In addition to that, full engagement with material and tasks made accessible in Brightspace is expected every week. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:


Learning Recommendations:

This is part 1 of an advanced language course. It presupposes that students have passed ITAL 20080 (Italian Language IIb) or have an equivalent standard of Italian. 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
ITAL20010 - Italian Language II a, ITAL20080 - Italian Language II b

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
Practical Examination: Aural examination Week 12 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Homework Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Class Test: Timed tests Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded No


Oral Examination: Oral exam Week 12 n/a Graded 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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual written feedback on their assignments and class tests. Feedback will normally be given one week after the submission of the assignments and class tests.

Students will need a good-sixed monolingual (Italian-Italian) dictionary.
Then, the following books are compulsory:
- Mina Ricci, Via della grammatica (Edilingua)
- T. Marin, La nuova prova orale 2 (Edilingua)
- Pietro Elia, I verbi italiani (Edizioni scolastiche Mondadori) [or any other verb book]
The following books are recommended:
- A.L. Lepschy - G. Lepschy, The Italian Language Today
- G. Lazzarino, Da Capo.
Name Role
Assoc Professor Paolo Acquaviva Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Marco Bellardi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Matteo Leta Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Mina Ricci Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Bianca Rita Cataldi Tutor
Dr Bianca Cataldi Tutor