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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module MLAN1621: Italian Stage 4 (Durham Campus)

Department: Centre for Foreign Language Study (MLAN)

MLAN1621: Italian Stage 4 (Durham Campus)

Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Successful completion of Italian Stage 3, Grade C or above in A-Level Italian or an equivalent qualification, subject to decision by the module’s language coordinator). No higher Italian language entry qualification permitted.


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Any Core Language Module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.


  • To consolidate and widen further the knowledge of the Italian language, including grammar and lexis. ï‚·
  • To enhance communicative proficiency in Italian, in both writing and oral (presentation and interaction). ï‚·
  • To develop further listening and reading skills. ï‚·
  • To broaden the knowledge of contemporary Italy. ï‚·
  • To develop intercultural awareness.


  • The development of the students’ language skills (reading, writing, listening, spoken production and interaction) will be integrated into a framework focussing on various aspects of contemporary Italy (culture, politics, everyday life, social issues, etc). ï‚·
  • Course book materials will be supplemented with multimedia resources available online. ï‚·
  • There will be two one-hour seminars a week, which will be used to consolidate and develop grammatical and lexical knowledge as well as to practice oral, aural and writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module, students are expected to: ï‚·
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of some aspects of contemporary Italy; ï‚·
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and societies in Italy gained through the study of cultural resources; ï‚·
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the main Italian linguistic principles, structures and registers used in various types of documents (essays, newspaper articles, songs, adverts, websites, etc.).
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of this module, students are expected to: ï‚·
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out basic research in the target language and present an oral and written summary; ï‚·
  • write essays on a various contemporary Italian issues, expressing and discussing views; ï‚·
  • enter unprepared into conversation and issues related both to familiar and unfamiliar topics; ï‚·
  • understand and report on the main points of clear standard speech and authentic aural passages on various topics; ï‚·
  • give an oral presentation in Italian; ï‚·
  • apply a range of grammatical principles; ï‚·
  • make effective use of reference material such as grammars and dictionaries; ï‚·
  • use a range of language learning techniques and skills effectively by independently developing strategies to extend their lexis and knowledge of grammar.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of this module, students will be able to: ï‚·
  • write an essay demonstrating the ability to organise ideas in a logical and coherent sequence in sustained prose and critically analyse arguments; ï‚·
  • communicate information, ideas and arguments both orally and in writing; ï‚·
  • independently gather, process and reference information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic resources; ï‚·
  • use IT effectively both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning;

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module is delivered through two 1-hour seminar style classes per week, with small group teaching (generally up to 15 students) ï‚·
  • Contact time will be used to introduce new material and provide the students with high quality target language input from the module tutor and multimedia sources. ï‚·
  • In preparation for each session students will be expected to revise new material and complete formative language exercises. ï‚·
  • The assessment scheme for this module is designed to test students' level of attainment in language production (speaking and writing) and reception (listening and reading). In order to reflect the continuous nature of the language learning process the module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative in-course assessment and by formal written examination.
  • Summative assessments will also fulfil a formative function since feedback on summative in-course assessments will be made available to students.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 21 weekly 2 hours 42
Preparation and Reading 158
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Oral Examination Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Oral Examination 10 minutes 100% Yes
Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hrs 30 mins 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular homework/assignments will be given to the students to practise and consolidate what they have done in class and to prepare the following session, some of which will be submitted and marked as formative assignments and regular feedback will be given to the students accordingly

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University