Stage G Italian (Advanced)
Level 2 (CQFW Level 5), 30 Credits.
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This course will enable you to further develop your oral, aural and written language in order to express yourself fluently and almost effortlessly by selecting adequate complex sentence forms to do so. You will further consolidate and expand your understanding of the structure of Italian by analysing and discussing cultural, social and political issues pertaining to Italy.
The emphasis of the course is on speaking and in class you will get ample opportunity to practise your conversational skills through pair-work and group exercises; you will listen to authentic audio/video tapes; you will read newspaper texts and complete exercises, which will enhance your vocabulary and your knowledge of grammar.
The course will cover a wide range of topics which will be adapted to students’ interest. Authentic materials from various quality Italian newspapers and magazines, video documentaries and audio tapes relating to current affairs and literary topics.
A selection of the following topics:
- Regional differences in Italy (character, language, food, festivals etc.)
- Current political/social/economic issues
- Social aspects/differences between north and south
- Health and Science issues
- Travelling/Buying property in Italy
- Working in Italy; social issues; the family
- Italian poetry
- Italian painters
- The History of the Italian opera
- Italian History during the unification (analysis of the major political figures involved in this process)
- Italian films
- Translations from English into Italian
-Revision of past tenses; use of past tenses; prepositions; pronouns; combined pronouns ; pronominal verbs; idioms, expressions and proverbs; the Imperative; the Subjunctive; passive construction; negative and indefinite words and constructions
The course makes use of a variety of “texts” available in traditional formats (books, magazines, journals, films), as well as web-based materials.
Who is this course for?
This course is for you if you have a very good working knowledge of Italian and you want a stimulating course to match and stretch your abilities (6 years of part-time study and/or Advanced Italian Stage F).
Learning and Teaching
The emphasis of the course is on participation and students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various non-threatening forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.
Coursework and Assessment
For us the most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The assessment of this course is divided into four parts to assess each of the following skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is designed to enhance what you have learnt during the course.
Additionally to the weekly sessions, we recommend that you spend time between the lessons, revising and practising what has been done in class.
INDICATIVE READING LIST
- Blok-Boas et al., Letture in corso2, Bonacci editore
- Falcinelli, M.& Servadio, B. Leggere & oltre – Testi autentici per stranieri, Guerra ed.
- Pagnottini, D.& Rossi Giacobbi, O. Civiltà italiana, testo di conversazione e cultura per stranieri, Guerra ed.
- Balboni & Santipolo, Profilo di storia italiana per stranieri, Guerra edizioni
- Carresi, C. L’italiano all’Opera, Bonacci ed.
- Maiden, M. & Robustelli, C. A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian, Hodder Arnold
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.