ITALIAN STAGE 3 - 2019/0

Module code: ITAL028

Module Overview

This is a module of the Global Graduate Award in Languages programme. It is taught over 19 weeks in the autumn and spring semesters, two contact hours per week, and covers the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. It also offers an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aims to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target language and for work or study periods abroad.

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

SALLER Christa (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: Global Graduate Award

JACs code: R300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 112

Lecture Hours: 38

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Italian Stage 2 or equivalent

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Topic areas

  • consolidation of social introductions, personal details, daily routine, leisure pursuits

  • complaints, enquiries, negotiations involving shopping, restaurants, hotels, buying tickets

  • holidays

  • accommodation and small ads

  • world of work

  • extension of telephone

  • letter writing, basics of job applications and CVs


  • consolidation of numbers, dates, alphabet

  • consolidation of present, future, simple past, imperfect and imperative

  • conditional present

  • present subjunctive

  • compound tenses

  • infinitive constructions

  • impersonal use of si

  • extension of negatives

  • extension of adverbs

  • comparative and superlative of adjectives and adverbs

  • relative pronouns

  • object pronouns

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

A timed assessment covering the relevant skills, to be completed under exam conditions, or online.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


·         their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;

·         their growing ability to understand and produce Italian at the relevant level;

·         their increasing awareness of Italian culture and the Italian-speaking world;

·         the level of Italian they have achieved at the end of the course.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Four in-class assessments, covering the four skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Assessments 1 and 2 to be held at the end of Semester 1; Assessment 3 before the Spring break and Assessment 4 at the end of Semester 2.

Formative assessment and feedback


Students will receive  in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.    

Module aims

  • In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: encourage students to further develop their communicative competence in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • consolidate the use of basic grammatical structures and explore new structures
  • increase the Italian vocabulary used in everyday communication and some specific contexts
  • encourage students to develop their awareness of some main aspects of Italian culture
  • take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints
  • analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
  • reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
  • become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
  • communicate with others in culturally appropriate ways
  • In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to: encourage students to self-assess their progress and map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • support students in acquiring language learning strategies and techniques
  • inspire independent learning and facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Students are equipped with the linguistic means to communicate successfully in the target language. Students achieve a high level of accuracy and fluency at a given level of proficiency and are able to understand and evaluate information
2 Present information
3 Communicate using appropriate registers
4 Produce texts at varying levels of formality 
5 On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: Interact in Italian in a range of predictable and some unpredictable situations KPT
6 Understand and interpret spoken and written Italian in a range of topics in familiar and some unfamiliar contexts  KCP
7 Categorise a broader range of text types KC
8 Organise and present ideas on predictable and some unpredictable topics PT
9 Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources PT
10 Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered KC
11 Demonstrate a degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of Italian at this level KC
12 Pronounce individual sounds of Italian with a degree of accuracy KC
13 Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;

  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;

  • Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;

  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study;

  • Develop communication skills through interactions in class.



The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2

  • Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible.

  • Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.

  • Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.

  • Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.