Italian Language and Culture 1A

Subject 116-151 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (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: Each week: 90 minute language class; hour-long contemporary culture conversation class; hour-long contemporary Italy lecture plus fortnightly hour-long contemporary Italy tutorial; hour-long multimedia class.
Total Time Commitment: 5 contact hours/week , 3 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: VCE Italian or equivalent.
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:


Mr Matthew Absalom


Matthew Absalom
Subject Overview: This subject provides students with intensive revision and further development of the major areas of contemporary Italian language and culture. The subject combines analysis of language structures with a practical focus, all designed to extend students' linguistic capacities in reading, writing, listening, speaking and describing the Italian language. Students also explore aspects of contemporary Italian literature, society and history. This subject assists students to develop a critical capacity enabling them to understand a variety of text types (film, music, mass media, literature, etc.).
  • have increased their linguistic competence through regular practice in the use of the Italian language combined with a systematic approach to linguistic structures;
  • have developed their spoken, written and comprehension skills;
  • have acquired the ability to analyse a range of contemporary texts in Italian and to ground the study of the language in an understanding contemporary Italian language and culture.
Assessment: Language tests 20%, in class Contemporary Italy test 20%, online and multimedia activities 25%, final written exam 15%, final oral exam 10%, participation and contribution to conversation classes 10%
Prescribed Texts:
  • Grammatica pratica della lingua italiana (S Nocchi) ALMA Edizioni Firenze 2002
  • Using Italian Language (Marcel Danesi) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003
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:
  • develop an understanding of aspects of the social, political, historical, linguistic and cultural contexts of contemporary Italian language and culture as well as international awareness and openness to the world: through contextualisation of knowledge and development of critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian language and culture, and by negotiation of personal views;
  • develop an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically both in writing and orally: through written assessments (including technology-mediated activities), tutorial and online discussion and class presentations;
  • develop a confidence in self-expression: through participation in the subject at different levels and assessable presentations;
  • develop a range of IT literacy skills: through online multimedia activities;
  • develop a team spirit and collaborative approach to learning: through group work.
Notes: Formerly available as 116-052 and 116-151 Italian Part 1: Language and Culture A. Students who have completed 116-052 or 116-151 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Italian)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Italian
Italian Major

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