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Unit Overview


This unit is designed for second-year students in the WACE and near-native streams. It may also be taken by students in the Beginners stream but not as part of their major sequence.

The unit introduces formal description of the Italian language, from sounds to words to sentence structure. Particular attention is paid to issues that are problematical for English-language learners of Italian. The unit also analyses recent developments in Italian, including the contact with English, both in Italy and in Australia.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the ITLNI Italian Studies; ITLNA Italian Studies major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) analyse formal structures of Italian phonology, morphology and syntax; (2) analyse language contact and interference communities abroad; (3) present, in Italian, an analysis of a linguistic problem involving the English and Italian languages; and (4) read and write the Italian language at Level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) a research project; and (3) tutorial participation and presentation. 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 Maria Rosaria Francomacaro
Unit rules
ITAL1402 Italian Studies 2
or ITAL1404 Italian Studies 4
or ITAL1406 Italian Studies 6
ITAL2223 The World of Dante.
ITAL2224 History of Italian Theatre.
ITAL2225 Italy from Romanticism to Realism.
ITAL2231 The Literature of the Renaissance
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
tutorials: 1 x 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
  • 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.