The module is divided into two parts: a language practical session and an oral one. The aim of the course is not only to refine and improve students' language skills and general confidence but also to help them acquire a deeper awareness of Italian culture and society.
In the language practical class we will study cultural and social issues by engaging with a variety of different materials (newspaper articles, audioclips, advertisements, videoclips, songs, excerpts from literary texts, etc.). Specific complex grammatical points will be addressed, albeit the emphasis will not be on the teaching of grammar.
Oral classes will involve discussions and debates on topics widely portrayed in the Italian media and beyond, including current affairs, politics, life in and outside Italy as well as Italian history and the Italian cultural heritage. Students' speaking time is maximised during the lessons.
By the end of the course students should have consolidated their knowledge of Italian culture and will have gained confidence in using the language and manipulating it successfully.
Students independent learning is strongly encouraged by making available extra material and learning activities on duo.
Texts likely to be studied include:
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Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment.