Italian Language (Beginners) 1 and 2

Module code: IT1020/IT1021 
Module co-ordinator: Dr Maria Guarnieri

Module Aims

The paired modules IT1020 & IT1021 provide an accelerated introduction to oral and written aspects of contemporary Italian language and offer students' intensive practice, in small groups, of all language skills. It is recommended that students possess an A-level in a modern language or a GCSE in Italian (or equivalent).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of these modules, students will be able to demonstrate their acquisition of basic communication skills in Italian and their application to routine contexts and activities.


  • 80 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 320 hours of guided independent study


Semester 1:

  • Continuous assessment: listening (25%)
  • Continuous assessment: writing (25%)
  • Exam, 2½ hours (50%)

Semester 2:

  • Continuous assessment: listening and speaking (25%)
  • Continuous assessment: writing (25%)
  • Speaking exam (25%)
  • Written exam, 2½ hours (25%)

Key Texts

Recommended for purchase:

  • Italian Espresso 1 (Textbook and Workbook), Alma Edizioni (2007);
  • S Nocchi, Italian Grammar in Practice, Alma Edizioni (2007).

Also recommended: a good Italian dictionary.