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A Post A/S Level or equivalent module in Italian language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to 3rd & 4th Years
  • Thursdays 16.00-18.00 
  • South Kensington Campus
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
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A communicative module for students with an A/S level in Italian or comparable standard of competency. Grammar and cultural themes are developed focusing on the world of work.

This module aims to:

  • To revise and consolidate basic grammar as required by the class
  • To introduce more complex grammatical structures and extend vocabulary
  • To develop further all the basic language skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • To equip students with the skills and information for studying abroad

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the B1+ 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 2
  • Gained a Italian A/S level Qualification
  • Already achieved A2+  or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

You are advised to review material from your previous courses before the start of this module.

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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
  • Read and understand texts of moderate complexity on a variety of subject areas

Indicative core content

The aim of the module is to improve and widen your writing, listening and speaking skills, consolidating your knowledge of the full range of basic grammatical structures and broadening your general range of vocabulary.  

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  • Revision of structures taught at Level 2
  • Past historic tense
  • Uses of infinitives, gerunds and participles
  • Adjectives and pronouns
  • Indirect speech
  • Impersonal forms
  • The passive
  • Interrogatives
  • Indefinite adjectives and pronouns
  • The use of prepositions
  • Uses of infinitive and verbs of perception
  • Use of che, come, quanto; fare, lasciare + infinitive
  • Suffixes
  • Revision of subjunctive and introduction of past subjunctive
  • Uses of si impersonale and passivante


Some topics will follow those covered in the module textbook, others will be introduced using other resource material and articles from the Italian Press. They will include education and the work environment in Italy, science and technology, environmental issues and some aspects of economic and social development in contemporary Italy. Social and scientific issues and current affairs.

General topics: film, television and leisure in Italy and abroad.


  • 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 20-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: Nuovo Affresco Italiano B1 (April 2018) By M. Trifone & A. Sgaglione. IBSN 9788800807142

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