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ITA1070 - Italian Studies 7

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Roberta Mandis


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit integrates two components:

  1. Level 7 Language (70%) and
  2. Year 1 Culture (30%).
  3. Language: the aim of this unit is to stimulate and improve advanced language acquisition through the integrated practice of the four language skills. The component has a thematic approach. Among the topic areas explored are: education, social and environmental issues, changes in attitudes relating to the use of the Italian language and institutions,
  4. The Year 1 cultural component will introduce students to key aspects of contemporary Italian culture and society.


Upon successful completion of this unit the students will have progressed in all four language skills:

  1. Listening: they will be able to understand authentic spoken Italian from songs, films, plays, TV news.
  2. Reading: they will be able to comprehend a range of authentic (although slightly edited) non-specialist Italian written texts (such as short stories and magazine articles) and specialist Italian written texts (such as news reports and advertisements).
  3. Speaking: they will be able to interact in correct Italian in a range of specific situations (telephone messages; sales techniques; fairly simple debates).
  4. Writing: they will be able to produce a range of coherent, short (approx. 300-word) descriptive, argumentative or persuasive texts in correct and appropriate Italian.
Culture: from the first-year culture component students should have acquired an overview to key aspects of contemporary culture and society.


Mid-semester Specialized Culture Assignment 1 (1000 words) in English or in Italian 15%
End-of-semester Specialized Culture Assignment 2 (1000 words) in English or in Italian 15%
Continuous assessment (class work, vocab and grammar tests and homework exercises): Equivalent of (1000 words) in English 30%
Aural/oral work Equivalent of (500 words) in English 15%
Examination Equivalent of (1000 words) in English 25%

Contact hours

4 hours (1 hour culture lecture and 3 hours language workshops) per week


Advanced Italian competence


ITA2070, ITA3070