Course Title: Italian 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Italian 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1021

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

LANG1174

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Ana Maria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email: anamaria.ducasse@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B 37, L5 Room 45

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Nil. Course designed for beginners, with no prior knowledge.


Course Description

 

LANG 1021/1174 Italian 1 assumes no previous experience with the Italian language. It caters for students who did not learn  Italian at school and who would like to start  Italian at university, as well as those with a very limited experience of the language (up to Year 9 or A0/A1 on the CEFR*). Students who studied Italian to Year 10 must contact the course coordinator to sit a placement test. This course is not available to students who have completed standard Year 12 Italian (i.e. 4 or 5 years at high school). If you have completed Year 12  Italian, please contact your course coordinator for advice on cross-institutional enrolment. Students with evidence of a minimal pass for Year 12 Italian, or who completed Year 12 Italian several years ago, should contact the course coordinator to request a placement test. Please note that enrolments may be refused on the basis of previous Italian study or abilities, and enrolment in a different course may be recommended. A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds incompatible qualifications may be cancelled at any time. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit, and students may remain liable for course fees.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at: www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Communicate in Italian in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
• Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
• Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Italian
• Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages
 

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication.


 


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• communicate in the areas of greetings, introduction of self and others give description of people, places, flats and objects;
• construct and answer various questions relative to the above in communicative ways (who, whose, how, how many, when, which, etc.);
• understand and use basic grammatical concepts.
• have enhanced your knowledge of cross-cultural communication;
• have an understanding of Italian culture and Italy’s role within Europe and the world, and Italian culture in Australia society.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

Diverse methods are applied to teaching-learning in classes. Language learning is, by necessity, done in pairs or small groups. Repeated exercises provide students with opportunities to practise the language learned in a fairly structured format. Nevertheless, emphasis is placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations through enactment of hypothetical situations. Multi-media teaching and learning resources are used in teaching.

Cultural understanding is used to further enhance the ideas of language and behaviour and their interrelationship as expressed in the aims of the course. It is not introduced in isolation, but linked with language and language behaviour, which are demonstrated and/or discussed by students in context. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose students to potential difficulties, which will arise in cross-cultural communication.

Class exercises and assignments will be assigned in the process of teaching and learning. Readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced. Your regular participation in class learning and commitment to completion of assignments are essential to successful completion of the course.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to purchase a prescribed textbook. Multi-media teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through our online systems which you can access at myRMIT/studies.


Overview of Assessment

Your language skills will be assessed by two major components as follows:
1.Progressive assessment (60%)
2.Exams (40%)
 

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87r c
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf  
If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact your Program Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.