Italian Language and Culture 2A

Subject 116-061 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of language classes per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Completion of Italian Intermediate Language and Culture A, Italian Intermediate Language and Culture B and Italian Intermediate Cultural Studies or Italian Language and Culture 1A and Italian Language and Culture 1B.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Andrea Rizzi, Ms Renata Berto


Dr Andrea Rizzi
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.
  • Have developed the ability to comprehend and use linguistic forms and structures of increasing complexity;
  • Have developed their spoken and written skills;
  • Have acquired the ability to examine critically some aspects of contemporary Italian culture.
Assessment: 1 written assignment on a topic on language and culture, 500 words 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: Other materials will be available in the School.
  • 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)
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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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.
Notes: Students who have completed 116-061 Italian Part 2: Advanced Language 1 may not enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Italian)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Italian
Italian Major

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