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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)

Module ITAL2111: Italian Language 2A

Department: Modern Languages and Cultures (Italian)

ITAL2111: Italian Language 2A

Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham


  • Italian Language 1A (ITAL1071) or Italian Language 1B (1**2) or equivalent.


  • At least one additional level 2 module in Italian Studies

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Italian Language 2B (ITAL2031) and Understanding Italy from the 1960s to Today (ITAL1061), and Italy and the Arts (ITAL1081) and Introduction to Italian Literary Culture and Theory (ITAL1091)


  • To consolidate and develop language skills acquired during Italian 1A.
  • To enhance communication skills in written and oral Italian.
  • To encourage independent learning and reading of Italian texts of various kinds.
  • To contextualise language skills in Italian issues concerning Italian culture.


  • This module builds on the skills acquired in Italian language 1A and will involve the further development and consolidation of writing, speaking and comprehension skills in Italian.
  • The teaching and resources in this module reflect a commitment to linguistic and cultural diversity. It positions the richness of the (language area)-speaking world at the core of its syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students should have acquired a greater knowledge of Italian culture and an increased awareness of cultural issues.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students should have enhanced and consolidated the skills and knowledge acquired in the first-year core language module - in speaking, writing, reading, and aural comprehension.
Key Skills:
  • Students should have developed and enhanced their presentation and communication as well as their critical skills (becoming able to read and comment on different genres of material with linguistic and cultural awareness).
  • IT skills (all coursework is to be word-processed).

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

  • Students will consolidate and develop their knowledge of Italian language and culture through all forms of media (film, newspapers, magazines, journals, articles, radio).
  • The teaching will consist of two one-hour classes per week. Classes will be conducted in Italian.
  • Students will take part in debates and discussions, participate in listening-comprehension and translation exercises, and prepare short texts and grammatical exercises for correction in the class.
  • Classes will contain components that ensure the natural use and practice of all language skills following the guidelines in the CEF.
  • Students will be required to read before class and to prepare specific topics for discussion and presentation.
  • Students will undertake a series of formative, research-based writing tasks throughout Michaelmas term to develop their written skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Oral class 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Grammar Class 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Student preparation and reading time 158
Total SLAT hours 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written examination 2 hours 100% Yes
Component: Oral Examination Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Oral examination 10 minutes 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular written assignments/oral practice.

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