Italian Higher Advanced 2 (MLT317)

Based on 36 hours of small group interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 64 hours of monitored private study.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT316, A level + 1 year or stay abroad, CEF B2+
  • Co-requisite: N/A
  • Public: Students, members of staff, members of the public
  • Teaching period: Spring semester (see timetables & course dates)
  • Contact times: 3 hours per week over 12 weeks, starting in Week 1 of the semester, and including a two-hour class and a one-hour lab session.
  • Group size: Maximum of 20
  • Language co-ordinator: Alessia Brighi
  • Module leader: Anna Ferrarese
  • Pathway: MLT358

Assuming successful completion of the Higher Advanced 1 unit or equivalent, this module aims to consolidate the full linguistic and cultural preparation of learners wishing to undertake an extended professional, academic or recreational stay in a country where the language is spoken and to consolidate the full range of linguistic and cultural skills required to operate effectively in most situations encountered when engaging with native speakers. Based on 36 hours of small group interactive seminars almost exclusively delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 64 hours of monitored private study.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • perform at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • understand television programmes and films without too much effort, and extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly
  • understand fairly long and complex factual or literary texts, including specialised articles, appreciating distinctions of style and genre
  • express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions, using language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes, formulating complex ideas and opinions with precision, and relating their contribution skilfully to those of other speakers
  • write about fairly complex academic, profesional or personal subjects in a letter, essay or report, expressing their points of view at some length within a logical structure and in a style appropriate to the reader in mind
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural and social trends and associated behaviours in areas where the language is spoken so as to engage efficiently with native speakers in most communicative situations, including academic or professional ones
  • demonstrate a strategic ability to study the language by themselves for specific purposes, assessing their long-term language needs and cultural interests, setting themselves goals in relation to these, and using specialist tools as well as experimenting with a range of resources and techniques to achieve these goals with maximum efficiency
  • demonstrate advanced competence in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, researching, presenting and analysing information, defending an argument and negotiating, intercultural and language awareness, autonomous learning, social media communication, etc.

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Information last updated: 1 October 2021