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Ab Initio Italian Language & Society - LAN00038C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Lucia Aiello
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module introduces some aspects of Italian society and culture. The emphasis will be on developing your communicative skills and your ability to engage with cultural, social, political and historical topics. The programme is intended to develop language proficiency, consolidate and expand written and oral skills in order for you to achieve accurate and idiomatic expression. This module will lay the groundwork to more advanced study of Italian language and society at levels I and H.

Module learning outcomes

After satisfactorily completing the course you should be able to demonstrate:

Increased fluency and accuracy in spoken Italian

Increased accuracy and sophistication in the production of a variety of written Italian texts

Improved aural language comprehension

An insight into certain aspects of Italian Society and current issues


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
0.17 hours 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
0.17 hours 60

Module feedback

Formative work and feedback

Formative exercises will be assigned on a weekly basis.

Written comments and mark on University scale given to individual students for practice essays, with opportunity for individual consultation.

Model answers may be given for class exercises with class discussion of difficulties.

Formative written work will be returned within two weeks.

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

Oral commentary and dialogue on seminar presentation, written feedback sheet given to the individual presenter following the seminar.

Summative Assessment and feedback

There are two components to the final assessment:

Coursework, due in week 1 of Term 3

Oral pair or group presentation in Term 3

Written feedback to be provided within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

The material will be provided in class and/or through the VLE.

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.