UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ITAL4105 Special unit: Advanced Language Skills 2

Credit 6 points
  Offering
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
Content This unit aims to develop students' understanding and performance of advanced syntactic and discursive practices in the Italian language. The focus is on the contemporary language but textual conventions from other periods are studied for comparative purposes and also to develop a historical understanding of the evolution of discourse practices through changing sociocultural contexts. Students analyse texts from a variety of genres to identify syntactic and discursive characteristics. They develop their own ability to produce coherent and genre-appropriate texts in Italian. The unit is taught entirely in the Italian language in order to further develop the oral competence of students and to integrate written and oral competence. A proficiency of Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is reached and equips students for the rigours of postgraduate studies in Italian.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) analyse the syntactic and discursive practices in texts from a variety of contemporary genres; (2) apply their understanding of Italian syntactic and discursive practices in producing texts that are grammatically correct, textually coherent and appropriate to genre; (3) produce written and oral texts in the Italian language to a level comparable to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; and (4) research into the structure of written texts in Italian across different genres and historical periods.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar preparation and participation in discussions; (2) analysis of texts and production of written texts – weekly exercises; and (3) analysis of the language of an extended text – novel or film – presented in both oral and written format. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor John Kinder
Contact hours 3 hours per week: all language classes

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