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Italian for Improvers – Stage B

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 30 Credits.


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Course Description

This course will enable you to use a broader but still limited range of oral, aural and written language skills. Though the emphasis is on speaking you will also learn more grammatical structures and sentence pattern, which are essential for further progression in Italian. In class you will get ample opportunity to speak through pair-work and group exercises; listen to authentic audio/video tapes; read short texts and complete exercises which will enhance your vocabulary and your knowledge of grammar.

The following topics will be covered: talking about the family and relationships; Italian table manner; food and drink; The Italian cinema; describing something; talking about films; Expressing likes and dislikes; Shopping; expressing joy and disappointment; Travel in Italy; Fashion and style; Talking about television; Talking about music; Expressing an opinion.

The course will also cover the main grammatical points you need at this level which will include the following: adverb and possessive pronoun, quello; bello; volerci; metterci, Imperfect, Trapassato Prossimo, direct pronouns; partitive pronoun, ce l’ho; ce n’e, reflexive verbs, impersonal forms and expressions, indirect pronoun, imperative, simple and compound conditional.

Who is this course for?

This course is for students who have a basic knowledge of Italian, who wish to further improve their communication skills in oral, aural and written form.

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.

Reading suggestions

The textbook is:

Italian Espresso 1: Italian course for English speakers Publisher: Alma Edizioni, 2006

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 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.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.