Italian Language in Focus

Subject ITAL30004 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours - 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Usually 25 points of second year Italian.

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:



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:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret a range of different data types relevant to understanding Italian language;
  • have improved one's written and spoken communication skills in academic and professional contexts;
  • be specialized in the core area of Italian linguistics, focusing on structure, pronunciation and variation;
  • have developed an ability to apply and combine research and practical skills in a specialist area;
  • be able to interpret and discuss key elements in Italian language structure and regional and social diversity in Italy;
  • have developed a critical understanding of linguistic structures and patterns in Italian and Italy;
  • be able to apply a wide range of learning techniques (in Italian and English) as autonomous, and well-organised learners;
  • be able to 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:

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • 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;

  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;

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

Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Italian

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