Italian Language in Focus

Subject ITAL30004 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.


Usually 25 points of second year Italian.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

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

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • interpret a range of different data types relevant to understanding Italian language
  • improve one's written and spoken communication skills in academic and professional contexts
  • specialize in the core area of Italian linguistics, focusing on structure, pronunciation and variation
  • develop and ability to apply and combine research and practical skills in a specialist area
  • interpret and discuss key elements in Italian language structure and regional and social diversity in Italy
  • develop a critical understanding of linguistic structures and patterns in Italian and Italy
  • apply a wide range of learning techniques (in Italian and English) as autonomous, and well-organised learners
  • act confidently in Italian-speaking milieus and operate an awareness of linguistic differences in the Italian context

  • A 1-hour in class test of 600 words in week 5 [15%]
  • A 1-hour in class test of 600 words in week 10 [15%]
  • 1.5 hour written exam (equivalent to 1600 words) during the examination period [40%]
  • Participation in class throughout the semester [10%]
  • 1 small assessable task, equivalent to 400 words during the semester [10%]
  • Short oral production test equivalent to 400 words during the semester [10%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the school

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:
  • 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.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Italian

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