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Unit Overview


This unit aims to help students develop advanced listening and speaking skills in Italian and English. The unit is delivered by means of multimedia tools such as video recording and online materials. Listening comprehension materials are furnished in class to cover a variety of textual genres such as news reporting, mass media, IT and technology, economic and commercial materials, and so on. Intensive in-class exercises are combined with explanations of relevant social and cultural backgrounds to enable students to gain insights into the target language system under study.

6 points

Students are able to (1) acquire advanced listening and speaking skills in Italian; (2) continue to develop reading and writing skills in Italian; (3) develop effective practical communication skills in a variety of real-life contexts and make useful preparations for future careers in diverse settings; and (4) gain a thorough understanding of relevant social and cultural phenomena in the target language and cultural context.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a written assignment; (2) a mid-semester examination of advanced listening comprehension; and (3) regular in-class exercises. 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
Contact hours
26 hrs
  • 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.