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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Susanna Scarparo


This unit integrates two components: Level 9 Language and Culture.

  1. Language: the component is thematically organised and present a variety of texts through which to explore register variations and discourse strategies. The component reviews areas of syntax considered problematic and aim at consolidating oral and written expression.
  2. The cultural component explores key concepts involving translation practice such as intercultural issues, cultural transpositions with specific reference to Italian, the formal properties of a text and language varieties.


On completion of the unit students should have refined their knowledge of language structures and functions. They should have a clear understanding of sequence of tenses and moods, have mastered more complex structures such as the passive and the impersonal form, indirect speech etc. They should be able to operate in the language with accuracy and have the ability to construct complex sentences with appropriate subordination. They should be able to read texts of varied complexities such as journalistic articles, academic writing and literary texts and recognise the syntactic complexities of different styles of writing. Their knowledge of Italian syntax should enable them to avoid interference with English, and they should also have sufficient familiarity with comparative linguistic structures to be able to translate from the two languages. In the cultural component students should gain an understanding of the interrelationships between the literary production and the ideology of the period covered. Students should also have familiarised themselves with textual analysis and different types of narrative constructs.


Written work: 35%
Class tests: 30%
Culture oral test: 10%
Exam: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Susanna Scarparo

Contact hours

4 hours per week


ITA3080 or equivalent language competence


ITA2090, ITA3090