Italian Language and Text II

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: S

Course Description

Objectives and competences

The students develop the following:

  • competences in understanding and discourse analysis of specific Italian texts;
  • advanced cultural and language competences in Italian language and culture;
  • professional competences in editing and formation of texts, in keeping with the conventions of the Italian language;
  • the ability to theoretically analyse and comment on processes suitable for teaching and research purposes;
  • competences in the use of language resources and adequate computer and technological tools;
  • the ability to work individually and in a group and to apply the principles of professional ethics;
  • competences in spoken and written communication in Italian.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Students gain familiarity with the conventions of written and spoken discourse in Italian with regard to form, function, purpose and target audience. The course focuses on rhetorical conventions and language features of specific genres. Students gain familiarity with the discourse features of rules, regulations and instructions, as well as with informative and promotional discourse.


  • de Beaugrande, Dressler. 1992. Uvod v besediloslovje. Park: Ljubljana.
  • Dardano, M. in P. Trifone (1995). Grammatica italiana con nozioni di linguistica. Bologna: Zanichelli.
  • Graddol, D., Cheshire, J. in Swann, J. 1996. Describing Language. Buckingham: Open University Press.
  • McCarthy, M. 1991. Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Salkie, R. 1995. Text and Discourse Analysis. London: Routledge.
  • Thorne, S. 1997. Mastering Advanced English Language. London: Macmillan.


 Enrollment in the first year of the MA programme in Translation.


Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):

Term paper, oral defence and written exam.

Assessment scale: 6–10 (positive) or 1–5 (negative); in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the faculty's examination rules.