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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Italian

Undergraduate Course: Italian Language 4 Honours Paper 1 (ELCI10019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryOne hour class p/w.
Classes alternate Prose and Essay as scheduled in the Course Syllabus.
Course description A compulsory course for all Italian 4 students that bears 10 CREDITS and aims to improve
their written competence in Italian by strengthening fluency, grasp of idioms and
stylistic awareness. The course has one session per week and consists of two elements:
Essay: argumentative and creative writing in Italian.
Prose: translation from English into Italian.
CLASS ACTIVITIES include structure and vocabulary-building exercises; textual and stylistic analysis of passages in Italian. HOME ASSIGNMENTS include writing or translating e-mails, dialogues, compositions /fiction, summaries or report of articles, reviews and commentaries.
(Note Course weighting changed to 50% Coursework/ 50% Final Exam from Session 2018-19 onwards)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Italian honours
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should take Italian 3 ELCI09015
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class tests: one per semester 20% each
Average of four best marks in home assignments: 10%
Degree Examination: 50%
Feedback Students will receive collective oral feedback (explanation and correction of common mistakes) on written work in class.
Individual written feedback will be provided in detail on coursework assignments and tests. Tutors will be happy to discuss results and feedback during office hours or on student┐s request, by appointment.
Detailed evaluation criteria are available in the Course Handbook on Learn.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Engage successfully with complex Italian and English texts, demonstrating an advanced knowledge of languages and cultural references.
  2. Enhance sensitivity to different varieties of idioms, styles and registers.
  3. Write fluently and accurately a variety of texts (essay, summary, reviews) in Italian.
  4. Enhance translation skills (equivalence, adaptation, compensation)
  5. Develop critical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently and in a team
Reading List
There are no prescribed texts for this course.

Recommended Reference Texts: M.Maiden & C.Robustelli,
A Grammar Reference of Modern Italian, Arnold, 2000.
Bilingual Dictionaries: Oxford Paravia or Ragazzini / Biagi.
Monolingual Dictionaries: Zingarelli or Devoto-Oli

Relevant materials will be made available on Learn before each class.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information One hour (seminar) p/w on Wednesday at 10am or 11am.
KeywordsDELC Italian 4 LP1
Course organiserDr Luana Babini
Tel: (0131 6)51 1360
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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