Italian Intermediate Accelerated (MLT247)

Based on 60 hours of small group interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 140 hours of monitored private study.

Overview

  • University credits: 20
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT108, MLT147, GCSE grade A or 7/8, CEF A2 in Italian and AS level or equivalent in another European language other than English
  • Co-requisite: N/A
  • Public: Students, members of staff, members of the public
  • Teaching period: Spring semester (see timetables & course dates)
  • Contact times: 5 hours per week over 12 weeks, starting in Week 1 of the semester, and including two two-hour classes and a one-hour lab session.
  • Group size: Maximum of 23 students per class-group and 10-15 per lab-group
  • Language co-ordinator: Alessia Brighi
  • Module leader: Alessia Brighi
  • Pathway: MLT266

Assuming a good GCSE level in the language or equivalent and a sound and practical experience of second-language acquisition, this unit aims to provide the linguistic and cultural skills to start interacting and socializing in a fairly authentic and spontaneous way with native speakers in a range of advanced but usually predictable situations which would be encountered during, for instance, a short stay or placement abroad. Based on 60 hours of small group interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 140 hours of monitored private study.

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

  • perform at Level B1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • understand the main points and some finer details of clear standard speech and many radio or TV programmes on current affairs provided the topic is reasonably familiar or predictable and delivery unchallenging
  • understand authentic texts on contemporary issues with a simple argumentative line, and read specially adapted contemporary literary prose
  • deal with most oral interactions likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken, entering unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest, or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events), and deliver a short presentation of a mostly informative nature on a contemporary topic, backing up their arguments with facts
  • write simple, argumentative texts (e.g. essay, blog, email) on topics with which they are familiar or of personal interest, describing and organising facts, ideas and emotions in most temporal or modal contexts so as to convince their reader or ellicit further reaction from them
  • demonstrate an understanding of current cultural and social trends and related behaviours in areas where the language is spoken so as to engage appropriately with native speakers in common communicative situations
  • demonstrate a practical understanding of advanced grammar terminology and a strategic ability to study the language by themselves, assessing their language needs and cultural interests, setting themselves goals in relation to these, and identifying appropriate resources and techniques to achieve these goals
  • demonstrate basic 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.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 1 October 2021