Course Title: Italian 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Italian 2

Credit Points: 12.00

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 email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study   

You should have satisfactorily completed LANG1174/LANG1411 Italian 1 or equivalent before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning or if you are not sure about your language level. You may also refer to “learning activities” in course guide of Italian 1 to self-assess your language knowledge and capability. 

Course Description

LANG1175/LANG1412 Italian 2 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG1174/LANG1411 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:

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read, interpret and comprehend basic authentic spoken, written and multimedia Italian materials 
  2. Express, through use of verbal and non-verbal communication, the varying degree of politeness culturally desirable in various daily social interactions 
  3. Evaluate and apply 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. Critically reflect on your own cultural values and norms, and make comparison to Italian culture, extending 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 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

Dictionary (strongly recommended): Bilingual dictionary: English-Italian and Italian-English

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.

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 an 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

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