Course Title: Italian 1
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Italian 1
Credit Points: 12.00
Course Coordinator: Kerry Mullan
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2264
Course Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.32
Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Course designed for beginners, with no prior knowledge.
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
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.
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 language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning
4. Identify and 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, beginning to reflect on and develop 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
You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
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. Class presentation - Cultural insight (2000 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