Italian Language and Culture 2A

Subject 116-061 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of language classes per week
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Completion of 116058 Intermediate Italian Language and Culture B and 116059 Italian Intermediate Cultural Studies or 116153 Italian Language and Culture 1B.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: .
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Dr Vita Giordano & AProf Stephen Kolsky
Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on the spoken and written language of present day Italy. Students will undertake regular language activities in order to improve their language skills. They will also participate in regular conversation practice for the purpose of reinforcing their command of current idiomatic Italian. Students will also explore aspects of contemporary Italian culture and language, through a critical analysis of a variety of texts and documents (including films, music, mass media and literature). By the end of the subject, students should have improved their written production skills and should be able to express themselves with fluency on most topics of a general nature.

Assessment: A 500-word written assignment on a topic on language and culture, 10% (due week 7). A 1-hour in-class written language test 20% (mid-semester). A 1000-word class presentation 10% (commencing at the beginning of semester and due at the end of semester). Attendance and participation in class 10%. Final written exam 50% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Using Italian. A Guide to Contemporary Usage (Textbook and Workbook) (J. J. Kinder and V. M. Savini), Cambridge University Press 2004 Practicing Italian Grammar (Alessia Bianchi, Clelia Boscolo and Stephen Harrison), Hodder Arnold 2004 (paperback)
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Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian culture, and by formulating arguments;

  • communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;

  • written communication: through essay and assignment preparation and writing.


Students who have completed 116-061 Italian Part 2: Advanced Language 1 may not enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Modern Languages (Italian)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Italian)

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