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Italian Language & Society II - LAN00035I

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Raffaele Zanotti
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module is intended to enable students to acquire knowledge of the key aspects of modern Italian culture and society. Through the analysis of a variety of written and aural materials, students will be able to develop their linguistic competencies as well as their cultural understanding. This is in order to allow them to achieve a high level of fluency and accuracy in their production of written and spoken Italian.

The module will investigate the current debates in Italian society and aims to develop students' understanding of cultural differences and their capacity to adapt to different social expectations. It will familiarise students with a number of key Italian institutions such as the family, the Church, the educational system and the political system. Students will be expected to discuss the current issues debated by the Italian media whilst developing their knowledge of the Italian society from the 1945 to the present day.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key aspects of modern Italian culture and society
  • Understand complex written and aural authentic materials
  • Present and develop arguments effectively in both spoken and written Italian
  • Achieve a good level of accuracy in the production of both written and spoken Italian


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Italian Language & Society II
N/A 40
Open Examination (1 day)
Italian Language & Society II
N/A 30
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Italian Language & Society II
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Italian Language & Society II
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Italian Language & Society II
N/A 40

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written language work. Given immediately both to individuals and to group

Oral commentary and dialogue on seminar presentation, given to the individual presenter following the seminar

Written comments and mark on University scale given to individual students for practice essays, with opportunity for individual consultation; the essays will be returned to students two weeks after seminar

Model answers may be given for class exercise/ past exam papers, with class discussion of difficulties

Assessment and feedback

A 2-week open exam (Paper 1), focusing on reading and writing competencies and consisting of short questions based on a reading text

A 3-hour closed exam (Paper 2), covering reading and writing

Oral presentation, 15 minutes in total, a short presentation and follow-up questions

Feedback: Individuals will be given a feedback sheet for the oral examination, and will be allowed to see their exam paper with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.

Indicative reading

Teaching materials will be supplied during the course, as will bibliographical references when necessary.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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