ITAL1404 Italian Studies 4

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the ITLNI Italian Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit builds on the progress made in ITAL1403 Italian Studies 3 and aims to extend grammatical knowledge and communicative skills, both written and oral. It further develops the students' ability to communicate in Italian by providing intensive practice in oral and written language, and enriches the students' understanding of the culture of modern Italy. The unit leads to ITAL2405 Italian Studies 5.

The academic objectives of the unit are to (1) develop skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Italian language; (2) develop skills in reading written and visual texts relating to contemporary Italy with reference to their social and historical context; (3) acquire knowledge of aspects of Italian culture; (4) increase awareness of the structure and use of the English language; (5) develop independent learning skills; and (6) develop interpersonal communication skills in spoken and written Italian and English.
Students are able to (1) speak, listen, read and write in Italian about a good range of topics; (2) use language as appropriate to context; (3) express themselves with a good degree of grammatical correctness; (4) have a good understanding of the Italian grammar; (5) read and comprehend texts from contemporary literary and non-literary sources; (6) address critically aspects of the Italian culture; (7) have an increased awareness of how language works in general (metalinguistic skills); (8) develop interpersonal communication skills including the ability to work effectively in pairs and small groups; (9) work independently; and (10) achieve a level between Level A2 and B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written tests; (2) homework assignments; (3) class participation; (4) an oral examination; and (5) a written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Fausto Butta
Unit rules
ITAL1403 Italian Studies 3
ITAL1103 Italian Intermediate I
ITAL1104 Italian Intermediate II
Contact hours
Language classes: 3 hours per week (over 12 weeks). Language classes involve a mix of formal instruction by the tutor, group work on linguistic and cultural topics, class discussions and role plays

Lists of texts are available from the European Languages and Studies web page.

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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.