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Ab Initio Italian Language Skills - LAN00041C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Cinzia Bacilieri
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • 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 develop language skills at a very quick pace and introduce the structures, lexicon and skills necessary to communicate in the foreign language. The focus will be on communicative skills and strategies for successful oral and written communication. It will equip students with the knowledge, tools and techniques necessary for effective independent language learning. Students will practice grammatical structures in different contexts.

Module learning outcomes

After satisfactorily completing the course you should be able to:

analyse language in context

show an understanding of key aspects of Italian

communicate in the foreign language using grammar appropriately

reflect on the skills required for effective language learning

acquire language independently through personal reading and listening


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination
Open Exam 1
N/A 20
Open Examination
Open Exam 2
N/A 20
University - closed examination
Ab Initio Italian Language Skills
3 hours 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Reassessment: Ab initio Italian Language Skills
3 hours 100

Module feedback

Formative work and feedback

Weekly formative exercises carried out.

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 2 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 three components to the final assessment:

Open Assessment 1 to be submitted in week 10, Term 1

Open Assessment 2 to be submitted in week 10, Term 2

A closed 3-hour exam, taken in Term 3

Individuals 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

Resources and information on key texts will be provided by the tutor and made available on 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.

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