ITAL4103 Theory and Practice of Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Italian Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit instructs students in the theory of teaching foreign languages in general, and gives them the opportunity to put this theory into practice for Italian as a foreign language, by teaching two conversation classes at beginners' or intermediate level for one semester. The unit further develops cultural and linguistic skills acquired at undergraduate level while providing students with the skills required to teach Italian as a foreign language. Students develop their written and oral competence in the Italian language to a level comparable to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Students are able to (1) formalise understandings of the theory of teaching languages as foreign languages; (2) articulate understandings of a variety of teaching methodologies suitable for foreign language teaching; (3) demonstrate pedagogical skills in foreign language teaching; (4) analyse aspects of the grammar and lexicon of English and Italian in a comparative perspective; (5) carry out independent learning; (6) work effectively as a member of a teaching team; and (7) communicate in written and spoken Italian, to a level comparable to C1 of the CEFR.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a critical essay on teaching methodology; (2) participation in theory seminars; (3) peer reflection; and (4) a teaching portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor John Kinder
Unit Outline
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