ATS1221 - Italian introductory 1 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Italian Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Francesco Ricatti


Dr Francesco Ricatti (Semester 1, Summer semester B)
Dr Angela Tarantini (Winter semester)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Winter semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester B 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


Students are not permitted to take classes that are below their language proficiency level.


The unit consists of two sections: language and culture.

Language: The unit provides an introduction to the basic language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing (Level A1 of the European language framework).

Culture: An overview of contemporary Italian social and political history and culture with a focus on national identity and deconstruction of myths and stereotypes.

This unit is specifically designed for those students who have little or no knowledge of the language.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. listen, speak, read and write basic Italian with reference to present, past and future events in a range of everyday situations;
  2. read basic authentic texts for gist or for specific information;
  3. identify the basic structural aspects of Italian;
  4. recognise and utilise language learning and communication strategies;
  5. critically analyse issues relating to Italy's collective national imagination;
  6. search, identify, evaluate and utilise reliable digital and social-media resources for the study of Italian history, culture and society.


Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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