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2022/2023

Modern language I (Italian)

Code: 100039 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500239 Art History OT 3 0
2500239 Art History OT 4 0
2500240 Musicology OT 3 0
2500240 Musicology OT 4 0
2500241 Archaeology OT 3 0
2500241 Archaeology OT 4 0
2500245 English Studies OT 3 0
2500245 English Studies OT 4 0
2500246 Philosophy OT 3 0
2500246 Philosophy OT 4 0
2500248 Spanish Language and Literature OT 3 0
2500248 Spanish Language and Literature OT 4 0
2500256 Social and Cultural Anthropology OT 3 0
2500256 Social and Cultural Anthropology OT 4 0
2500501 History OT 4 0
2501801 Catalan and Spanish Studies OT 3 0
2501801 Catalan and Spanish Studies OT 4 0
2501902 English and Catalan Studies OT 3 0
2501902 English and Catalan Studies OT 4 0
2501907 English and Classics Studies OT 3 0
2501907 English and Classics Studies OT 4 0
2501910 English and Spanish Studies OT 3 0
2501910 English and Spanish Studies OT 4 0
2501913 English and French Studies OT 3 0
2501913 English and French Studies OT 4 0
2502758 Humanities OT 3 0
2502758 Humanities OT 4 0
2503702 Ancient Studies OT 4 0
2503710 Geography, Environmental Management and Spatial Planning OT 4 0
2503998 Catalan Philology: Literary Studies and Linguistics OT 4 0
2504211 Spanish Language and Literature OT 3 0
2504211 Spanish Language and Literature OT 4 0
2504212 English Studies OT 3 0
2504212 English Studies OT 4 0
2504378 French Philology and Culture OT 3 0
2504380 English and Catalan Studies OT 3 0
2504380 English and Catalan Studies OT 4 0
2504386 English and Spanish Studies OT 3 0
2504386 English and Spanish Studies OT 4 0
2504388 Catalan and Spanish Studies OT 3 0
2504388 Catalan and Spanish Studies OT 4 0
2504393 English and French Studies OT 3 0
2504393 English and French Studies OT 4 0
2504394 English and Classics Studies OT 3 0
2504394 English and Classics Studies OT 4 0

Contact

Name:
Eduard Vilella Morato
Email:
eduard.vilella@uab.cat

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
(ita)
Some groups entirely in English:
No
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
No
Some groups entirely in Spanish:
No

Teachers

Rossend Arques Corominas
Eduard Vilella Morato
Donatella Buovolo
Nicola Di Nino

Prerequisites

Beginner instrumental course to Italian language. No prerequisites. This course is not conceived for native and/or students with advanced knowledge of Italian.

Objectives and Contextualisation

The course Foreign Language I (Italian) aims to provide the students with basic language skills. 

By successfully completing this course, students will acquire an elementary competence in the Italian language (quite similar to a CEFR’s A1), both in its communicative aspects and in those related to morphological, phonetic, lexical, and grammatical aspects.

Competences

    Art History
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Musicology
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Archaeology
  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    English Studies
  • Develop critical thinking and reasoning and knowing how to communicate effectively both in your mother tongue and in other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Philosophy
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Spanish Language and Literature
  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    History
  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Catalan and Spanish Studies
  • Develop critical thinking and reasoning and knowing how to communicate effectively both in your mother tongue and in other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    English and Catalan Studies
  • Develop critical thinking and reasoning and knowing how to communicate effectively both in your mother tongue and in other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    English and Classics Studies
  • Develop critical thinking and reasoning and knowing how to communicate effectively both in your mother tongue and in other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    English and Spanish Studies
  • Develop critical thinking and reasoning and knowing how to communicate effectively both in your mother tongue and in other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    English and French Studies
  • Develop critical thinking and reasoning and knowing how to communicate effectively both in your mother tongue and in other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Humanities
  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Ancient Studies
  • Be able to express oneself orally and in writing in the specific language of history, archaeology and philology, both in one's own languages and a third language.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Geography, Environmental Management and Spatial Planning
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
    Catalan Philology: Literary Studies and Linguistics
  • Produce written work and oral presentations that are effective and framed in the appropriate register.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Carrying out oral presentations using an appropriate academic vocabulary and style.
  2. Communicate in the studied language in oral and written form, properly using vocabulary and grammar.
  3. Communicating in oral and written form in the studied language, properly using vocabulary and grammar.
  4. Communicating in the studied language in oral and written form, properly using vocabulary and grammar.
  5. Construct an oral and written discourse in the corresponding language that is well-organised and correct.
  6. Critically take part in classroom oral debates and use the discipline's specific vocabulary.
  7. Critically taking part in classroom oral debates and using the discipline's specific vocabulary.
  8. Develop an organized and correct oral and written speech, in the corresponding language.
  9. Engaging in debates about historical facts respecting the other participants' opinions.
  10. Express ideas in the language studied, orally and in writing, using vocabulary and grammar appropriately.
  11. Identify principal and secondary ideas and express them using correct language.
  12. Identify the main and secondary ideas and express them with linguistic correctness.
  13. Identifying main and supporting ideas and expressing them with linguistic correctness.
  14. Identifying the main and secondary ideas and expressing them with linguistic correctness.
  15. Participate in classroom debates from a critical perspective, using the vocabulary of the discipline.
  16. Preparing an oral and written discourse in the corresponding language in a proper and organized way.

Content

1. Introduction. Familiarization with the Italian language and culture. The phonetic system, the alphabet. Communication in the classroom

2. Presentations. Present / present. Formal / informal registration. To ask for / to provide general information. adjectives of origin, indicative regular and irregular verb’s present tense.

3. Descriptions. Lexicon and pragmatic structures related to descriptions of spaces. Daily communicative interactions in society (public institutions, commerce, catering, timetables). Numerals, c'è / ci sono,  articles, prepositions.

4. Daily life. How to describe usual activities and their frequency. How to talk and discuss about them. Work: basic situations related to the world of work. Lexicon and pragmatic structures. Irregular present tense, articles, prepositions, adverbs.

5. Description of places, itineraries, indications. Giving and asking for spatial information. Dialogues, lexicon and pragmatic structures. The family. Describing and talking about the own family. Constructions with possessive. Panoramic on present tense, possessive and articles, adverbs.

6. About the past. Lexicon and pragmatic structures related to the description of past events. The perfect and imperfect pasts: use, auxiliaries, concordance, particularities.

7. Oral expression and comprehension. Basic phonetics of Italian.

Methodology

The subject Modern Language I (Italian) is essentially practical. The training activities will emphasize the active participation of the students in the acquisition of the planned skills.

 

In general terms, learning activities are organised as follows:

 

Directed activities:

- Master class with ICT support and collective discussion

- Practice of written and oral expression in Italian language

- Analysis of grammatical phenomena

- Comprehensive reading of texts

Supervised activities:

-Individual and group exercises of different kinds, both written and oral.

- Class exchanges (teacher-student, student-student)

- Grammar, written / oral expression and written / oral comprehension tests

-Autonomous activities: exercises on the Student’s book and Moodle plattform, readings, writing, autonomous study and research.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.

Activities

Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Assesment: partial and final examinations 10 0.4 16, 4, 3, 14, 13
Classes with active participation 35 1.4
Tutorials 10 0.4
Type: Supervised      
Oral practice, simulated communicative situations, writing, debates 25 1
Type: Autonomous      
Grammar exercises, questionnaires, writing of texts related to the studied topics, study of the manual 50 2

Assessment

The assessment is continuous (100%) and it is based on the following sections:

 -Continuous evaluation (100% of the final grade):

a) Test 1 (40%).

b) Test 2 (40%).

c) Active participation in class, understanding activities, written and oral expression (= 15%).

d) Participation to the oral and reading reinforcement seminar given by Prof. Buovolo (= 5%).

 -All Italian language skills will be assessed: grammar, oral, and written comprehension, spoken and written expression.

- Students are allowed to retake activities they have not passed only if they have already taken at least 2/3 of the overall activities, and they have an average grade of at least 3.5.

- To receive the final grade, it is required to pass all the components subject to re-assessment.

- Students will receive a grade of “Not Evaluable” if s/he has not submitted more than 30% of the graded activities.

- In-class activities are excluded from re-evaluation.

- The Participation grade is based on the active role in doing textbook activities/assignments in class, the exercises proposed by the professor in the Campus Virtual and in the online workbook. It may consider as well the attendance to cultural activities eventually proposed by the professor.

- Re-assessment will consist of a written exam.

- Before posting the final grades, and prior to record them on the transcripts, the professor will provide date and time for the written re-take exam.

- Students are fully responsible for checking all their graded activities/exams.

- If a student commits any irregularity that lead to a significant variation of the grade in any activity, s/he will be given zero for this activity regardless of any disciplinary process that may follow up. In the event of several irregularities, the student will be given zero as final grade for the subject.

- In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be taken online through the UAB online tools (original grade weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities, and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these remote tools, and/orwill offer feasible alternatives.

 

 

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Active participation in class, written and oral comprehension and expression activities 15 % 10 0.4 16, 8, 5, 4, 3, 2, 10, 1, 14, 13, 12, 11, 9, 15, 7, 6
Participation in the rotating seminar of oral and reading reinforcement held by prof. Donatella Buovolo 5 % 4 0.16 16, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 14, 13, 12
Test 1 40% 3 0.12 16, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 14, 13, 12
Test 2 40% 3 0.12 16, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 14, 13, 12

Bibliography

Textbook:

T. Marin, P. Diadori, Via del Corso. A1, Roma, Edilingua, 2017

At the beginning of the course, the teacher will indicate and make available to the students the supplementary materials for the classes.

Throughout the course the teacher will indicate the compulsory reading texts.

As a complement you can consult grammars such as Nocchi's and Carrera Díaz's, written in Spanish and addressed to a Spanish public (with attention to the comparison of languages and contrasting phenomena, etc.). Three bilingual good dictionaries are Arqués (for Catalan) and Arqués-Padoan and Calvo-Giordano (for Spanish).

 

- R. Arqués, Diccionari català-italià italià-català. Barcelona, Enciclopèdia Catalana, 1992 i 2002.

- R. Arqués/ A. Padoan, Grande Dizionario di Spagnolo-Italiano / Italiano-spagnolo, 2 ed, aggionata, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2020.

- R. Arqués - A. Padoan, Ágil. Dizionario italiano-spagnolo. Bologna, Zanichelli, 2014

- C. Calvo Rigual; A. Giordano, Diccionario italiano italiano-español, español-italiano, Barcelona Herder 2001.

- M. Carrera Díaz,Manual de gramática italiana , Barcelona, Ariel, 1991.

- S. Nocchi, Nuova grammatica pratica della lingua italiana, Alma, 2012.

- N. Zingarelli, Vocabolario della lingua italiana. Minor, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2010.

Software

No particular software is required, except for the most common Office tools (i. e. word processor, etc.,) email account, an updated browser, MS Teams for online sessions if needed.