Course Title: Italian 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Italian 2

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Ana Maria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B37, L5 R45

Course Coordinator Availability: by email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Italian 1 or equivalent.

Note: Please contact course coordinator if you are not sure about your language level. You may also refer to “learning activities” in course guide of Italian 1 to self judge your language knowledge and capability.

Course Description


LANG  1022/1175 Italian 2 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG 1021/1174 Italian 1, as well as those with a very limited experience of the language (up to Year 9-10 or A1/A2 on the CEFR*). Students who studied  Italian to Year 10 or 11 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. 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:;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

By completion of the course you will acquire basic skills and be able to:

In Verbal communication

• Use required greetings for daily interactions;
• perform basic telephone conversations;
• make appointments specifying time, day, place, etc.;
• introduce themselves in Italian and convey relevant personal information (University major, family members, age, etc…);
• talk about own family;
• give descriptions of people and places;
• order meals, go shopping, and associated interactions;
• comment, express appreciations and disapprovals;
• read and understand basic texts in Italian.

Language and non-verbal behaviour

By the completion of the course you will be able confidently to:

• express, through use of verbal and non-verbal communication, the varying degree of politeness culturally desirable in the various daily social interactions;
• compare their own cultural values and norms with the Italian ones;
• recognize that cultural values and norms are reflected in all languages and how this knowledge can help enhance their cross-cultural communication in general

As explained in  "Capability Development".

Overview of Learning Activities

Diverse methods are applied to teaching-learning in classes. Language learning is done in pairs or small groups. Repeated exercises provide students with opportunities to conduct in a fairly structured format, but emphasis is placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations and 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, assignments are applied in process of teaching and learning, and 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

Prescribed Text: Riga Larese, C.. & Dal Martello, C.M., Ciao Thomson & Heinle, Sixth edition, 2007.
Dictionary (strongly recommended): Bilingual dictionary: English-Italian and Italian-English

Overview of Assessment

Your language skills will be assessed by three major components as follows:

1. Progressive assessment   (45%)
(5 tests - these can be a mix of oral, aural and written assignments).

2. Culture-related assessment  (15%)

3. Exams (40%)