Italian Language Post-Beginners

Module code: IT2005
Module co-ordinator: Maria Guarnieri

Module Aims

This module is aimed at students with a proficiency in Italian near or equivalent to A-level. Students will enhance their reading and writing skills and develop their ability to speak and write fluently in Italian.


The module will be conducted through class work and home assignments, with regular written work, which will develop your skills in summary and translation work, both into and from Italian. Work on oral proficiency through a communicative approach and multimedia material will encourage effective acquisition of vocabulary and structures. Classes will be conducted in Italian as much as possible, though some explanations may be given in English.


  • 60 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 140 hours of guided independent study

There will be three language classes per week in which students will practice speaking and listening skills, as well as revising and improving your competence in written Italian, covering grammatical points of the Italian language, and working on audio-visual and cultural materials. In addition, students should expect to spend another five hours a week in private study and to submit written work regularly.


  • Continuous assessment: reading and writing (30%)
  • Continuous assessment: listening and speaking (20%)
  • Oral exam (20%)
  • Written exam, 2½ hours (30%)


  • Italian Espresso 2, Alma Edizioni, 2007 (two volumes: Textbook and Workbook)
  • S Nocchi, Italian Grammar in Practice, Alma Edizioni (2007)

The teaching material will consist of a variety of texts ranging from traditional grammar exercises (to revise and reinforce grammatical points, lexis, idioms, syntax) to videos and written texts from various sources and of different styles and registers (literary, journalistic, technical etc.).