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 ITAL278
Coordinator Dr R Biasini
Languages, Cultures and Film
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 5 FHEQ Second 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   48

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 102


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 not be marked anonymously Standard UoL penalties will apply.  15    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 further skills acquired in ITAL256 to enable students to communicate confidently and effectively in spoken and written Italian in a range of formal and informal contexts, including working environments;

Consolidate existing knowledge of Italian language including advanced and sophisticated structures;

Enable students to develop further their own learning strategies and fosters a reflective approach as well as the ability to work independently and collaboratively;

Encourage students to explore aspects of contemporary Italian culture and to reflect on some current Italian issues through the medium of Italian in preparation of the Year Abroad.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Improve and consolidate listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language, including formal writing.

(LO2) Communicate effectively and confidently in the target language in a wide variety of contexts using appropriate register.

(LO3) Demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of written and spoken Italian, including structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the language.

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

(LO5) Demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language, including awareness of the working environments.

(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 module is taught by two weekly language classes, one of which is dedicated to grammar / syntax, one language laboratory session and one oral class. Consistent use of the target language, the personal contribution of students and a collaborative approach are important elements of the module. Students' preferences are sought when choosing topics on aspects of Italian culture. A good range of supporting multimedia facilities are located either in the Modern Languages Resource Centre or in the Sydney Jones Library.
Notes: i) One hour grammar; ii) One hour reading and writing skills; iii) One hour oral practice; iv)One hour listening comprehension

Tutorials are periodically arranged to discuss performance in tests and coursework and to provide add itional support where necessary. Introductory notes to the module include information and guidance on semester programme, weekly schedule, workload and assessment. The module is intensive and students are expected to attend all sessions, to hand in regular directed work, to take active part in all sessions and to follow up classes with further reading and listening activities.



This module will examine contemporary topics in Italian life and culture, with a rage that may include: Gender issues in the Italian language,Italian politics and society, Studying and working in Italy, Immigration and emigration. Aspects of grammar may also include elements of Italian syntax.

Recommended Texts

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