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A Post-GCSE or equivalent module in Italian language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to all Undergraduates
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 16.00-18.00 (depending on year of study)
  • South Kensington Campus 
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

A communicative module for students with some prior knowledge of the Italian language and culture of Italy.

This module aims to:

  • Develop further all the basic language skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Revise and consolidate basic grammar
  • Introduce more complex grammatical structures and extend vocabulary
  • Gain further insights into culture and daily life in Italy

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the A2+ standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

To be eligible for this module you need to have done one of the following: 

  • Successfully completed Italian Level 1
  • Gained an Italian GCSE Qualification
  • Already achieved A1+  or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Information blocks

Learning outcomes

Colosseum in Rome This module will equip you with the ability to:

  • Communicate orally and in writing with a fair degree of accuracy on a variety of subject areas
  • Describe and discuss simple diagrams and statistics
  • With preparation, present a well-argued case
  • With the aid of bilingual dictionaries, read and understand texts of moderate complexity on a variety of subject areas
  • Identify selected historical, geographical, cultural and social characteristics of Italy

Indicative core content

Florence Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore You may not have had contact with the language for some time and therefore the emphasis in the first term is on a thorough revision of the basic Italian structures that you will have met at school. In the second term, new structures are introduced. In addition, your communication skills will be developed, both in the spoken and written language.


  • Thorough revision of all the basic structures of the language (articles and gender of the noun and pronoun; present, future, present perfect and imperfect tenses of the verb; use of prepositions; use of adjectives; combined prepositions)
  • Possessive and comparative forms
  • Conditional


  • Leisure activities
  • Communications
  • Health issues
  • Lifestyles
  • Citizenship and social responsibilities
  • Italian mass media
  • Tourism
  • Food
  • Fashion
  • Aspects of Italian history and geography
  • Further cultural areas
  • Technical innovations


  • Coursework 40% - 5 pieces of written coursework (may include in-class tests)
  • Written examination 35% - A two-hour written examination at the end of the Spring term
  • Oral examination 25% - A 15-minute oral examination at the end of the module

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Coursebook: Nuovissimo Progetto Italiano 1 (A1-A2) Libro dello studente, Edilingua, (May 2019). By T Marin. IBSN 9788899358501

NB The Italian Bookshop offers a 10% discount to Imperial Horizons students.

"Well-taught module with interactive classes."
" The small group size resulted in a great learning environment as the teaching was very personal."