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 ITAL309
Coordinator Dr M Paoli
Languages, Cultures and Film
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 6 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   33


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 116


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
There is a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously Standard UoL penalties will apply.    60       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
There is a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously Standard UoL penalties will apply.    20       
There is a resit opportunity This will not be marked anonymously Standard UoL penalties will apply.  50    20       


To equip final year students with sophisticated expressive skills in the area of formal text production on an advanced level in a variety of genres;

To provide translations skills in different styles, registers and genres;

To develop grammar skills to an advanced level;

To develop advanced listening skills;

To develop speaking and presentation skills through specific oral classes.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students completing this module will have gained skills to read, understand and write texts in a variety of genres.

(LO2) Ability to apply translation skills in a variety of genres.

(LO3) Students will demonstrate listening comprehension of a high level of authentic material.

(LO4) Demonstrate speaking skills on a number of topics.

(LO5) Demonstrate confidence in presentation skills.

(LO6) Demonstrate a high level in the use of accurate grammar.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - report writing

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - communicating for an audience

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

(S5) Global citizenship - cultural awareness

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - listening skills

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 seminars consist of three weekly language classes, with one hour concentrating on aural skills, one hour on speaking and writing skills in a variety of genres and one hour in translation skills.

Individual 15 minute tutorials are available (usually in week seven) to receive feedback and discuss learning strategies.



The translation work will include analysis of published translations in order to deepen the students’ critical evaluation of translated texts into Italian. The listening activities are designed to develop students’ aural and visual comprehension and appreciation of pragmatic and performative aspects of oral communication which are culturally specific. The topic-based discussions will form the basis for oral and written production. The choice of topics will give students the opportunity to investigate aspects of Italian culture and society. The discussion will be based on the reading of an Italian novel or collection of short-stories as well as the media.

Recommended Texts

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