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Italian Intermediate One

Module titleItalian Intermediate One
Module codeFLI2230
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Mrs Antonella Freschi (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Module description

Italian Intermediate 1 is intended for students who have successfully completed FLI1130 Beginners or who have a level broadly of GCSE A*-B grade (or equivalent). The module provides a systematic approach to building on essential grammar structures in a communicative context. The module is taught as far as possible in Italian.

Italian Intermediate One can be taken towards achieving ‘with proficiency in Italian”. See:

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module aims to: 

  • Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in everyday situations  

  • Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing  

  • Deepen yourunderstanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop yourawareness of the general social and cultural background of the language 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc. in the target language
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise your learning with guidance from the tutor
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Make a presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in your field and hold a conversation in the target language which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgements
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar/ topics:

Main Grammar:

  • Revision of present indicative of regular
  • irregular and reflexive verbs
  • Revision of Passato Prossimo
  • Imperfect indicative
  • Imperfect vs perfect
  • direct/indirect pronouns
  • Comparatives/Superlatives
  • Future tense
  • Imperative tense
  • Present conditional of regular verbs
  • Present conditional of irregular verbs/modals
  • Structures requiring the infinitive
  • Verbs such as andarsene/provarci
  • Present subjunctive
  • Expressions requiring subjunctive/when not to use it
  • Past conditional

Main Topics:

  • Exchanging information about daily activities
  • Talking about past events
  • Cinema/theatre/tv
  • The body/fitness and health
  • Buying a house
  • The environment
  • Free time/entertaining activities
  • The arts
  • Italian society
  • Work
  • Multicultural society.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Italian. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video/DVD, and computer software where appropriate

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking.Variable1-5,7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio50As described on the ELE page1-5,7Written and oral
Oral Test258-9 minutes1,3-7 Written and oral
Written Exam251.5 hours1-5,7Written and oral (upon request)

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period
Oral ExamOral Exam1,3-7Referral/Deferral period
Written ExamWritten Exam1-5,7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • C. Naddeo & E. Orlandino, Dieci A2, Alma Edizioni
  • M. Mezzadri, Essential Italian Grammar in Practice, Guerra Edizioni

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Italian Intermediate One

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Completion of FLI1130: Italian Beginners or equivalent

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