Modern Languages and Cultures

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code ITAL112
Coordinator Dr R Biasini
Languages, Cultures and Film
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:


Co-requisite modules:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   42



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 106


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
There is a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously Standard UoL penalties will apply.    55       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
There is a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously Standard UoL penalties will apply.  60    15       
There is a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously Standard UoL penalties will apply.    15       
There is a reassessment opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.    15       


Develop all the skills necessary to begin to communicate confidently in spoken and written Italian, including basic competence in reading and listening;

Provide students with a sound understanding of the basic structures of the Italian grammar;

Encourage students to explore some aspects of contemporary Italian culture through the medium of Italian;

Develop useful language learning strategies and a reflective approach as well as the ability to work collaboratively and independently.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

(LO2) Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts using basic formal and informal registers.

(LO3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the target languages.

(LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

(LO5) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

(S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

(S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The majority of teaching will be delivered face-to-face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on-campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience.

The language is studied ab-initio and no previous knowledge is required. The module is taught by a weekly seminar on Italian grammar, a seminar on Italian texts, with reading and writing practice, a speaking practice tutorial and a language laboratory session. Consistent use of the target language after the first few weeks, the personal contribution of students and a collaborative approach are important elements of the module.

Introductory notes to the module include information and guidance on semester programme, weekly schedule, workload, assessment and a bibliography of supporting multimedia facilities. These are located either in the Language Lounge or in the Sydney Jones Library.

This module is intensive and requires regular commitment. Students are expected to attend all sessions, to hand in weekly directed work and to follow up classes with further reading and listening activities. To foster a reflective approach to learning students are encouraged to compile a personal learning diary to inform a reflective component in their coursework and to discuss progress at tutorials.

Notes: i) One hour for grammar; ii) One hour for reading and writing skills; iii) One hour for oral practice; iv) One hour for listening comprehension.

Description: Group tutorials are arranged to discuss performance in tests and coursework and to provide additional support where necessary.



This module is an introductory module in Italian language and will cover grammar basic aspects like noun gender and number, articles, the present and perfect tense, modal verbs, prepositions and direct pronouns.
The topics covered will include:

Personal information;

Family life;

Education and university life.

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.