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Unit Overview


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.

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
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a degree of competency in spoken and written Italian that enables them to be confident users of the language in most situations they are likely to encounter in everyday life; (2) produce a narrative text (oral and written) using basic temporal structures and refer to future events using appropriate verb tenses; (3) describe people, places, events, opinions; make comparisons, suggestions and requests; (4) read and comprehend texts from contemporary literary and non-literary sources; (5) demonstrate an increased awareness of how language works in general (metalinguistic skills); (6) demonstrate an understanding of certain historical, social and cultural aspects of Italian society; (7) demonstrate interpersonal communication skills including the ability to work effectively in pairs and small groups; (8) work independently; and (9) 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) tests; (2) assignments; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Josh Brown
Unit rules
ITAL1403 Italian Studies 3
or 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.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.