Course Title: Italian 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Italian 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2024,
Sem 2 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Glenda Mejia

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 99253732

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37. Floor 5. Room 15

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course designed for beginners, with no prior knowledge. 

Course Description

LANG1174 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

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

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

1. Communicate in both oral and written Italian in a limited range of social contexts, including greetings, introductions, simple instructions, and be able to describe people and places 

2. Read, interpret and comprehend simple authentic spoken, written and multimedia Italian materials 

3. Evaluate and develop language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning 

4. Research and critically discuss aspects of Italian culture and the relationship between culture and language 

5. Describe your own cultural values and norms, and make comparison to Italian culture, analysing and developing your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges 

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

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks 

1. Test 1: Listening, Grammar, vocabulary and written production exercises. (20%)  CLO1, CLO2 

2. Test 2: Oral skills (15%), CLO1, CLO2, CLO4 

3. Week 9. Group class presentation - Cultural insight (2000 words equivalent) with additional individual presentation in English (1000 words equivalent) (25%), CLO1, CLO2, CLO4, CLO5 

4. Final Exams: 40%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5  

    Oral exam 10% and listening 5% 

    Written exam 25% 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions