ITAL2408 Italian Studies 8

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the ITLNA Italian Studies major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit follows on from ITAL2407 Italian Studies 7. It focuses on developing advanced skills in oral and written Italian through study of social and linguistic aspects of modern Italy. The unit leads to ITAL3409 Italian Studies 9. Students study advanced topics in Italian grammar; pay particular attention to the way prescriptive rules of grammar are realised in speech and writing in contemporary Italy; analyse the effect of register on grammatical usage; further develop their ability to converse in Italian with fluency and accuracy on contemporary themes; and read literary and non-literary texts, from a range of historical periods, in their social and historical context.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) read contemporary Italian with a high level of understanding of the 'linguistic' and 'cultural' meanings of texts; (2) write Italian with nuanced modes of expression in syntactic and lexical choices; (3) understand spoken Italian in face-to-face situations and from screen-based sources; (4) express themselves with accuracy and fluency in spoken Italian; (5) analyse and manipulate grammatical structures of Italian using a contrastive approach with English; (6) integrate their language awareness with higher sociocultural knowledge by reading literary texts; (7) use literary and non-literary texts, both in print and digital media, with critical assessment; (8) use high-level interpersonal and intercultural conversational skills; and (9) have attained a level between Level B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) take-home assignments; (2) in-class presentations and written summaries; (3) class tests; and (4) class contribution and participation. 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)
Associate Professor John Kinder
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ITAL2407 Italian Studies 7
or
ITAL2207 Italian Advanced III
Incompatibility:
ITAL2208 Italian Advanced IV
Contact hours
language classes: 3 hours per week (over 13 weeks, involves a mix of formal instruction by the tutor, class discussions, group work on linguistic and cultural problems, and presentations)
Texts

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

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  • 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.