Italian Language in Focus

Subject 116-460 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Usually 37.5 points at either post-beginners or post-VCE sequence for third year, or admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in Italian for fourth year.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: .
Core Participation Requirements: .


Assoc Prof John Hajek
Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to provide students with an analytical and comprehensive understanding of Italian usage. Topics will vary, and may include contrastive analysis of English and Italian, varieties of Italian, dialects, geographical variation, history of the Italian language, topics in applied linguistics. This subject is both descriptive and practical and is intended to give students a better understanding of Italian in its many contexts.

Assessment: A 1-hour written class test of 1000 words 30% (due mid-semester), a take home assignment totalling 1000 words for 3rd year and 2000 words for 4th year 30% (due at the end of semester), a 1-hour exam of 1000 words 30% (due at the end of semester) and a 5-minute oral, totalling 1000 words 10% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Materials supplied by the school
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have an improved understanding of social 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 language and culture, and by formulating arguments;

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

  • public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.


Formerly available as 116-073. Students who have completed 116-073 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

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

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