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Tales from the Border

Level 5, 20 Credits.

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The idea of “Tales from the border” is to explore the point of view of writers and artists who are second generation Italians or non-Italians, but use Italian language as their language of expression.  We will explore their sense of Italy, their relationship toward the “Bel paese”, and their use of Italian language. Writing in different languages, living on the border among different cultures, sometimes gives people a deeper, clearer vision of things.  We will read and analyse short stories from a variety of authors such as: Jhumpa Lahiri, Lakhous Amara, Shirin Ramzanali Fazel, Igiaba Scego, Cristina Ali Farah. There will be the opportunity to watch video interviews with the authors and documentaries on Italy.  Students will be encouraged to write in Italian following the experiences of these writers.

Who is this course for?

This course is for advanced students of Italian.

Learning and Teaching

This course will be taught in Italian and students will consolidate both their linguistic skills and students will get ample opportunity to communicate and share ideas. Materials will be provided.

Coursework and Assessment

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.

You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

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.

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 under Student Information, or by ringing (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 Division on (029) 2087 0000 for more information.