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Unit Overview


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 rigors of postgraduate studies in Italian.

6 points

Students are able to (1) write in Italian with nuanced modes of expression in syntactic and lexical choices; (2) demonstrate an understanding of spoken Italian, in face-to-face and media-mediated situations, with accurate understanding of content and register; (3) express themselves in Italian with accuracy and fluency and in the appropriate register; (4) produce accurate translations from English into Italian and Italian into English taking into account the dimension of register; (5) use high-level interpersonal and intercultural conversational skills; and (6) attain a level between Level C1 and C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) translation assignments; (2) translation tests; and (3) class presentations and discussion. 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)
Associate Professor John Kinder
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  • 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.