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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian Studies

Italian Language 4

Academic Year 2020-21

The module is divided into two parts: a language practical session and an oral one. The aim of the course is not only to refine and improve students' language skills and general confidence but also to help them acquire a deeper awareness of Italian culture and society.

In the language practical class the emphasis is in the understanding of cultural and social issues via the study of a variety of different materials (newspaper articles, audioclips, advertisements, videoclips, songs, excerpts from literary texts, ect.). Specific complex grammatical points will be tackled, albeit the emphasis will not be in the teaching of grammar.

Oral classes involve discussions on topics widely portrayed and debated in the Italian media. Students speaking time is maximised during the lessons and attention is paid to current affairs.

By the end of the course students should have consolidated their knowledge of Italian culture and will have gained confidence in using the language and manipulating it successfully.

Students independent learning is strongly encouraged by making available extra material and learning activities on duo.

Texts likley to be studied include:

  • Eserciziario d’italiano – Pratica, online departmental booklet comprising language activities and learning material to be used in practical classes, available on DUO
  • Trampolino di lancioOrale, online departmental booklet comprising a selection of texts with relevant activities to be used in oral classes, available on DUO

  • "Una grammatica italiana per tutti" - Alessandra Latino- Marida Muscolino-Volume secondo- Edilingua


Dr Cecilia Piantanida, Room A35, Elvet Riverside I

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment.