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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module ITAL2031: Italian Language 2B

Department: Modern Languages and Cultures (Italian)

ITAL2031: Italian Language 2B

Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Italian Language 1B (ITAL1102)


  • At least one additional level 2 module in Italian Studies

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Italian Language 2B (ITAL2031), Italy and the Arts (ITAL1081), Languages and Literatures of Italy (ITAL1091), and Anatomy of Italian Culture (1101).


  • To improve and expand linguistic competence (oral and written).
  • To expand knowledge of the language-specific culture and stimulate intercultural awareness.


  • To revise and consolidate competence in Italian grammar and syntax, broaden vocabulary, and develop a securer sense for idiom in contemporary spoken and written Italian.
  • To broaden understanding of modern Italian life and culture.
  • Discussion and practice of specific grammatical structures: oral and written exercises in groups and individually.
  • Development of translation skills (from and into Italian).
  • Introduction to different registers of written Italian.
  • Practice in essay writing in Italian.
  • Speaking and listening practice in small groups, based on topical issues.
  • The teaching and resources in this module reflect a commitment to linguistic and cultural diversity. It positions the richness of the Italian-speaking world at the core of its syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • An understanding of:
  • modern Italian life and culture,
  • specific grammatical structures,
  • different registers of written Italian.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will develop their receptive and productive skills in Italian, in line with the level B2 of the CEFR.
Key Skills:
  • Students will improve their written and oral skills, expanding on the foundation of grammatical and syntactical accuracy consolidated at Level 1 to explore more sophisticated modes of verbal expression and registers.
  • Students will gain the ability to present and/or construct an argument effectively in the target language.

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

  • The teaching will consist of three 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 class.
  • Appropriateness (accuracy and register) and range (structures and lexis), as well as the ability to manipulate the language will be monitored and assessed through a variety of written and oral tasks.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Oral 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Practical 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Grammar 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Student preparation and reading time 137
Total SLAT hours 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Continuous Assessment Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
300 word essay 75% No
Oral presentation 10 minutes 25% No
Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written examination 2 hours 100% Yes
Component: Oral Examination Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Oral examination (in person) 10 minutes 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular written and oral exercises.

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